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Kyiv Mural to Pilot Petro Franko opened on Aviakonstruktora Antonova Street

Kyiv Mural to Pilot Petro Franko opened on Aviakonstruktora Antonova Street

On 24.08.2020 in Kyiv opened Mural to Pilot Petro Franko - pilot of Ukrainian Galician Army, co-founder of youth organization Plast, teacher, writer, chemist, son of outstanding Ukrainian writer Ivan Franko.

New Kyiv mural location is Aviakonstruktora Antonova Street, 7.

About Pilot Petro Franko

Petro Franko completed pilot training in 1916 at the flight school in Railovac near Sarajevo, Bosnia and Herzegovina.

In November 1918 Krasne village (46 km from Lviv) became the location of future air regiment and began flights to test equipment and train pilots.

On December 6, 1918, Dmytro Vitovsky State Secretary for Military Affairs of Western Ukrainian People's Republic signed an order to form Airforce Regiment of Galician Army.

It had 9 aircrafts - 4 reconnaissance aircrafts Albatross J.I, Hansa-Brandenburg, three fighters Newport and two aircrafts Lloyd.

Pilot Petro Franko became the division commander. From 1918 Petro Franko led the pilot's training in Initial Command of Ukrainian Galician Army until 1920.

During his service as the division commander Petro Franko still made 40 - 50 combat flights.

On January 4, 1919 conducting air reconnaissance north of Lviv on 2-seater Albatros J.I Petro Franko was shot down by an enemy aircraft. He and his co-pilot Roman Kavuta (Klatva) survived but were taken prisoner by Poles.

The air regiment created by Petro Franko shot down 16 Polish airplanes and for his services in the organization of aviation Simon Petliura awarded him the military rank of colonel.

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Organizers of Mural to Pilot Petro Franko

Ukrainian Institute of National Remembrance
Aviakonstruktora Antonova Street, 7
Kyiv, Ukraine

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