The memorial commemorates the Polish “Few” and the 1,900 Poles who lost their lives in the air war.
The 302nd was the first Polish squadron to be declared operational and entered battle on 15 August. Meanwhile, the pilots of the 303 Squadron were awaiting action with growing desperation. Finally given the chance to fight, the Poles were devastatingly effective. Indeed, according to historian Andy Saunders, "Poles and their unbelievable contribution to the RAF's air operations saved Europe.”
When recalling his wartime experience he said: “I don’t see myself as a hero. I was just protecting my motherland.”
The 303 Squadron became legendary as its Polish pilots became the highest scoring RAF squadron in the entire Battle of Britain.
The trailer for a new blockbuster about the vital role of Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain has been released.