|Birth name||Tadeusz Góra|
19 January 1918|
|Died||4 January 2010
|Service/branch||Polish Air Force|
|Years of service||from 1939|
|Battles/wars||World War II|
Lilienthal Gliding Medal (1938)
|Other work||glider pilot, flight instructor|
Tadeusz Góra (19 January 1918 – 4 January 2010) was a Polish glider and military pilot. Born in Kraków, Austria-Hungary he was the first winner of the Lilienthal Gliding Medal in the world for his record-breaking 577.8-kilometer flight on May 18, 1938, glider PWS-101 from Bezmiechowa to Soleczniki (near Vilnius). For this he was the first recipient of the Lilienthal Medal awarded by the Fédération Aéronautique Internationale.
As a Sgt. Pilot, Góra was posted to No. 316 (Polish) Squadron, flying the Spitfire, flying his first operation on 18 November 1941, a convoy patrol.
In early 1943 Góra studied at the Infantry Cadet and Cavalry Academy in Scotland, and was promoted to Pilot Officer.
On 13 May 1943 Góra destroyed a Bf-109G and on 27 August 1943 he shot down another of this type. On 4 September 1943, while escorting a USAAF formation of B-17s near Lille, he claimed a FW-190 damaged. After the war, following research on Luftwaffe loss data, the aircraft was identified as an Bf-109 and classified as “destroyed.”
Tadeusz Góra returned to Poland in 1948, as a senior instructor at the Żar Glider School near Żywiec.
He died in Świdnik on January 4, 2010.