Trustees help mark the centenary of the Polish Air Force

Two of our Trustees, Deborah Burns and Robin Green, were honoured to join other guests at a service of Remembrance and Thanksgiving to mark the Centenary of the formation of the Polish Air Force on Saturday (8 September).

The service, organised by the Polish Airmen’s Association UK, was held at St Clement Danes in the Strand, the church of the Royal Air Force.

Polish airmen reinforced a hard-hit Fighter Command during a critical period of the Battle of Britain in the summer of 1940. Out of 145 Polish pilots who joined the fight, 29 made the ultimate sacrifice.

What became known as The Polish Fighter Squadron, No 303, was credited with shooting down 126 enemy aircraft during the Battle, although the most successful ace from the Squadron was actually a Czech, Josef Frantisek.

Saturday’s service was both a commemoration of those who died and a celebration of the long and close relationship between the RAF and the Polish Air Force following World War Two. The laying of wreaths on the magnificent Polish Air Force Memorial Plaque in St Clement Danes was a moving highlight of the service.


2 thoughts on “Trustees help mark the centenary of the Polish Air Force

    The Polish pilots were looked down upon by the RAF pilots initially. They turned out to be very accomplished airman as your article states and did a fine job fighting off the Luftwaffe when Great Britain needed every available pilot. It is right that they be honored.

    The Polish pilots were amazing and did not get the respect after the war that they deserved.
    I wear a t shirt designed with the 303 squadron printed on it . I am unable to travel as partly disabled to the memorial sites.But will remember them in my own way.
    two planes piloted by Polish Pilots crashed on a shingle bed, at Dungeness, I have been unable to find any marker there.Fly high, fly free. RIP

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