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Joseph Szydlowski

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Joseph Szydlowski (originally Józef Szydłowski) was an wero engine designer. Born 21 November 1896 in Skryhiczyn, Poland. Died 16 July 1988 in Israel).

With the rise of Nazism he emigrated to France in 1930. He designed an unusual supercharger compressor which was used by the Hispano-Suiza 12Y in the Dewoitine D.520 fighter. It utilized an axial compressor rather than the usual centrifugal compressor.

He founded Turbomeca in Paris in 1938. In June 1940, when Germany invaded France he evacuated his company to Saint-Pé-de-Bigorre in southern France. Once the war was over he developed small turbine engines for helicopters.

After the Six-day war, in response to Charles De Gaulle's embargo on Israel, Szydlowski established a factory for the production of jet engines, Beit Shemesh motors, in Israel.

The above information is condensed from the Wikipedia entry.

Article on Szydlowski-Planiol (André Planiol) supercharger here. Used on Hispano-Suiza engines.

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