Prominent Britons praise Poles' role in World War II

Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth's cousin, wrote about the role of Polish pilots flying with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the Battle of Britain Dominic Lipinski/PA Wire

Prince Michael of Kent, Winston Churchill's great grandson, the director of the RAF Museum and historian Roger Moorhouse were among the British figures highlighting the role of Poles in the war effort during WWII, on the 75th anniversary of VE Day on Friday.

Prince Michael of Kent, Queen Elizabeth's cousin, wrote about the role of Polish pilots flying with the Royal Air Force (RAF) in the Battle of Britain, while Randolph Churchill, great grandson of the UK's wartime prime minister Winston Churchill, said Poland was a country which, like the British Empire, fought from the beginning to the very end of the war. He also paid tribute to Polish RAF pilots.

In a video posted to Twitter, the director of the RAF Museum in London, Maggie Appleton, said Poles were keen to fight, motivated by deep patriotism and a burning desire to defeat the enemy and return to their loved ones.

Historian Roger Moorhouse, a Second World war specialist, posted to Twitter pictures of the Polish flag flying outside his home with a tribute to Polish airmen and soldiers.

VE Day marks the end of fighting in Europe in 1945.