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.