The Polish Air Force in Britain

19 September 2021

The Polish Air Force in Britain

Join Jennifer Grant as she reveals the story behind the Polish Air Force and its little-known contribution to the Battle of Britain in 1940.
Jennifer Grant

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Underestimated, exotic, relentless in their pursuit of the enemy – the story of the Polish Air Force in Britain is a unique and compelling one.

No 303 Polish Fighter Squadron was the most successful Allied squadron of the Battle of Britain, with its pilots celebrated by the British press. Still today, these few weeks of action – immortalised in the 1969 ‘The Battle of Britain’ film – form the basis of many people’s appreciation of the Polish contribution to Allied victory in the Second World War.

Join Jennifer Grant as she explores the incredible role of the Polish Air Force in Britain. What was the significance of the Battle of Britain from the Polish perspective? What journeys had they undertaken from their homeland, and who had they left behind? What training and experience had the Poles accrued before their arrival at Blackpool, which made them such skilful pilots? What challenges would face the Poles on their arrival in Britain, and how important would the Polish fighter squadrons be for Polish morale, both at home and in exile?

This event is sponsored by the Polish Cultural Institute.

About the speaker

Jennifer Grant is a postgraduate researcher at Queen Mary University of London, researching the Polish Armed Forces in the West.

She will be in conversation with Victoria Taylor, an aviation historian based at the University of Hull and Sheffield Hallam University, where she is completing her PhD thesis on the Luftwaffe and National Socialism in the Third Reich.

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