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The Polish connection

Our series of Sunday afternoon talks at The Wing will continue with a presentation that will focus on the enormous contribution made to the success of the RAF by Polish aircrew who proved to be some of the most aggressive and skilled pilots in the Battle of Britain.

The talk by Richard Kornicki CBE DL on Sunday 27 February will be entitled For Your Freedom and Ours - The Polish Air Force in the West.

Richard is the son of the late Gen. Bryg. Franciszek Kornicki, who was the last surviving Polish Squadron commander when he died aged 100 in 2017. He flew in the defence of Poland in 1939, then in France and finally in Britain, where he commanded 317 (City of Wilno) Squadron.

As Chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, Richard works closely with senior members of the RAF and the Polish Air Force to maintain the memory of the Polish Air Force and its achievements during the second world war.

The talks will continue with a presentation by Richard Chambers from the Mission Aviation Fellowship on Sunday 13 March.

Richard has a family connection with the RAF. His father, John Chambers, was a senior aircraftman in the RAF in the 1950s and his grandfather, George Chambers, was a pilot in 207 squadron, 5 group, Bomber Command a decade earlier.

All the talks start at 2.30pm and last for approximately one hour.

Ticket prices:

Friend of the Few (Hurricane) Free Entry

Friend of the Few (Spitfire) £5

Guest of Friend of the Few (max one per friend) £6

Non-members of Friends of the Few £12.

For bookings phone 01303 249292 or email

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