Maria (Makowska) Osicki

Polish WAAF (Women's Auxiliary Air Force) volunteer in the UK

Deported with her family (step-mother, 2 brothers and a sister) to Siberia, she and her sister and 1 brother survived and were able to leave Russia under the 'amnesty'.  Her brother, Boleslaw, joined the Polish Second Corps and served in the Middle East and in the Italian Campaign.  Her sister, Janina, spent a year at the children's hospital in the Middle East and was then sent to Santa Rosa in Mexico.  Maria was sent to Tengeru in East Africa, then joined the Polish WAAFs in the UK.  Eventually, the siblings would reunite in Canada, and locate their father in post-war Poland.

________________________________________________________________________________________________

01 Makowski wedding 1922

Maria's parents' wedding, 1922

02 Makowski family in Wolyn

Mother, Grandmother, Maria and Boleslaw in Wolyn, c1931

04 1945 WAAF Makowska

April 1945

03 1944 WAAF Makowska

Maria as a WAAF, March 1944

06 1945 06 22 Osicki Wedding_1

Maria Makowska marries Jan Osicki on June 22nd, 1945

07 1945 06 22 Osicki Wedding_2

Wedding party

05 1945 WAAF Makowska and friend

Maria and a friend

08 Jan_Osicki_Nottingham

Jan Osicki

09 1946 Maria Makowska Osicki

Maria, September 1946

10 Makowska_Osicki_Nottingham

Maria and Jan in Nottingham, UK, c1946

11 1949 Maria Makowska Osicki

Maria, November 1948

12 Osicka in Canaada

Maria in Canada, 1950

13 Makowski family in Canada c1950

Family reunion in Canada, early 1950s. Left to right: Boleslaw, Janina, Richard (who was born in the UK), Maria and Jan.

01 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 2 a

Alien identity register, UK

02 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 6 a

Discharge from the Polish Air Force in the UK

03Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 5 a

Maria and Jan's marriage certificate

04 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 1 a

Alien Identity card - 1

05 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 1 b

Alien Identity card - 2

06 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 1c

Alien Identity card - 3

07 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 3 a

Polish version of their marriage certificate

08 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 a

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 1

09 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 b

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 2

10 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 c

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 3

11 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 d

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 4

12 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 e

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 5

13 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 4 f

International Refugee Organization Travel Document - 6

14 Maria Makowska Osicki Doc 7 a

Maria's Pier 21 Landing Card, having arrived on the Franconia from the UK

2012 11 27_5424 - Copy (2)

Maria receives the Siberian Deportees Cross from Consul General Grzegorz Morawski, Nov. 27, 2012. Long-time family friend, Krystyna Szypowska, is also pictured.

See her brother Boleslaw's photos by clicking on the following link