Museums pays tribute to Polish Battle of Britain pilots
PR dla Zagranicy
A museum highlighting the role of Polish pilots in the Battle of Britain during World War II has opened near Częstochowa, southern Poland.
Piloten des des berühmten Geschwaders 303.Devon S A, Royal Air Force official photographer [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons
The museum is named after the British Royal Air Force’s 303 fighter squadron, whose Polish pilots gained a reputation for courage and effectiveness.
The exhibition includes antique aeroplanes and numerous memorabilia from World War II, mainly equipment used by pilots from 303 Squadron.
The museum was set up by Tomasz Kajkowski, a private collector and aviation enthusiast.
The Battle of Britain is the name given to the World War II air campaign waged to defend Britain from the German Air Force (Luftwaffe) during the summer and autumn of 1940. It has been described as the first major military campaign to be fought entirely by air forces.
After the German invasion of Poland on 1 September 1939, many young Polish Air Force fighters made their way to England. In the Battle of Britain they gained a reputation for aggressive aerial combat.