New Historical Display tells story of Polish Air Force in the Battle of Britain

The Imperial War Museum Duxford has formally opened “Polish Airmen in the Battle of Britain,” a new historic display which commemorates the courageous role played by the Polish Air Force in the Battle of Britain in this, its 70th anniversary year.

This temporary display, commissioned by the Office for War Veterans and Victims of Repression, traces the history of the Polish Air Force from its inception in 1918 through its battle in the skies over Poland and France at the beginning of the Second World War to the undeniably heroic role played by Polish airmen in the Battle of Britain.

The display depicts the airmenís struggle to reach British shores; the training and preparation for battle under the auspices of the Royal Air Force and the adrenalin-fuelled intensity of the frenetic dogfights over Britainís shores.

It looks at the key characters who flew in the renowned Polish squadrons, including the Polish fighter ëacesí, and the legacy of these determined and dynamic fighter pilots.

RAF Duxford hosted pilots from many nationalities during the Battle of Britain, including Poland. Imperial War Museum Duxford is proud to host this historic display, telling the lesser-known story of the Polish Air Force and its significant contribution to the outcome of the Second World War.

Updated: July 18, 2011 — 3:24 PM

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