Monument to Polish pilots planned in Normandy

A monument to Polish pilots fighting in the invasion of Normandy will be unveiled on June 9, 2019, in the French town of Plumetot, 75 years after the establishment of the WWII West Front, city mayor Jean-Pierre Tarlet told PAP.

During the invasion of Normandy, an airfield was located in Plumetot, Normandy. As Tarlet said, the initiative to build a monument was introduced by President of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee Ryszard Kornicki. His father, Lt. Col. Franciszek Kornicki, was the last commander of the legendary No. 303 Squadron.

In 2017, the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee set up an international competition. The eight top-rated projects were put to the city's residents, who chose the best sculpture, by Alexander Smaga. It is designed in the shape of the letter V, symbolising victory.

Plumetot played a key role in the invasion of Normandy, being the only airport in the region with an asphalted runway.