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Poles in the Battle of Britain

Poles in the Battle of Britain

sirbhp

LE
Book Reviewer
The Polish Air Force, which was created in Britain in the summer of 1940 from flying and ground personnel evacuated from Poland and then from France, proved to be one of the most successful formations to fight the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Overcoming the obstacles of language and operating in a foreign country, the Polish Air Force gained independent status, flying alongside the RAF rather than being a part of the RAF - and for the first time the Polish Air Force became a...

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We had several Polish neighbors in the married pads during the 50s and 60s, dad was a staff pilot at the bombing school and a quarter of the pilots were Polish, with two ex-BoBs, one of whom sadly became increasingly embittered with life in the UK rather than his homeland. Bad temper lost him his aircraft captain status twice, and the second time was also a parting of the ways with the RAF. Veteran pilot to milkman, but his drinking cost him that job too.
 

Mölders 1

Old-Salt
Sticking my neck right out here.......

The gallantry, courage etc of the Polish Pilots who flew in the Battle Of Britain is beyond any question......l personally do not believe that 303 Squadron was the top-scoring Fighter Command Squadron of the battle and l don't believe they didn't Over-claim any less than their British/Commonwealth Comrades.
 
The Polish Air Force, which was created in Britain in the summer of 1940 from flying and ground personnel evacuated from Poland and then from France, proved to be one of the most successful formations to fight the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain. Overcoming the obstacles of language and operating in a foreign country, the Polish Air Force gained independent status, flying alongside the RAF rather than being a part of the RAF - and for the first time the Polish Air Force became a...

Click here to read the full review.....
Technically the Polish were part of the RAF in 1940 and not the Polish Air Force until they achieved independence.
As a side note, I grew up near RAF Northolt, which has a Polish War Memorial on the SE corner of the station, right next to the A40, on the junction of the A40 Ruislip / Hayes turn off.
 
Technically the Polish were part of the RAF in 1940 and not the Polish Air Force until they achieved independence.
As a side note, I grew up near RAF Northolt, which has a Polish War Memorial on the SE corner of the station, right next to the A40, on the junction of the A40 Ruislip / Hayes turn off.
The Polish War Memorial is a marker post on any london radio stations traffic news.
 

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