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After the outbreak of World War I, Roman Florer received an assignment as an observer on the Serbian and Italian front in the 4th Aviation Squadron. At the turn of 1914 and 1915, he was sent to the Wiener Neustadt pilots' course. After completing the course, he returned to the front as a pilot in the 27th Aviation Squadron.

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After the outbreak of World War I, Roman Florer received an assignment as an observer on the Serbian and Italian front in the 4th Aviation Squadron. At the turn of 1914 and 1915, he was sent to the Wiener Neustadt pilots' course. After completing the course, he returned to the front as a pilot in the 27th Aviation Squadron. During one of the combat flights with the pilot Hassan Riza, Effendi Pieler shot down an Italian plane using a Mauser pistol. Due to his high qualifications, at the beginning of 1917, he was appointed squadron commander and promoted to the rank of captain. After returning from the front, he took command of the 10th Spare Aviation Company at Rakowicki Airport in Kraków. On 31 October 1918, he surrendered under the orders of Gen. Bolesław Roj and handed over control of the airport to the hands of Lieutenant-Reserve officer, Zdzisław Dzikowski PhD. On 1 November, he again took command at Rakowicki airport, thereby preventing equipment being stolen and aircraft lost. From 9 January to 24 March 24 1919, he commanded the 1st Aviation Group in Warsaw. In May 1919, he became the commander of the First Junior School of Pilots in Kraków (in September 1919, he joined the students of the Second Pilot School in Warsaw, after its liquidation due to a fire which destroyed the equipment at Mokotów airport). The school operated during the Polish-Bolshevik war. In the years 1922–1923, he took over the duties of the commandant of the School of Air Observers and Rifles in Torun. He was then appointed Lieutenant Colonel of Aviation; in April 1924, he was appointed as commander of the 4th Air Regiment in Torun; on 23 May of that year, he issued his first organizational order. In the period from 1 August 1925 to 13 April 1927, he was the organizer and first commander of the Aviation School in Grudziądz. He retained this position after moving the school to Dęblin, and renaming it the Aviation Training Centre in Dęblin (currently the Air Force Officers School), and also after its second reformation — this time becoming the Aviation Cadet School in Dęblin — until 1929, when he retired with the rank of colonel.

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