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The Polish Air Force in WW2
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The contribution of Polish pilots within the RAF, particularly the top-scoring Aces of 303 Squadron during the Battle of Britain has become legendary but few people realise the size of the Polish Air Force involvement with The RAF.

By the beginning of 1941 there was a fully fledged Polish Air Force operating alongside the RAF. With 14 Squadrons it was larger than any other of the Air Forces from Nazi-occupied Europe that had joined the Allies. Over 17,000 men and women passed through the ranks of the Polish Air Force while it was stationed in the UK.

They shot down 745 enemy aircraft, with a further 175 unconfirmed. They dropped thousands of bombs and laid hundreds of mines, flying 102,486 sorties notching up a total of 290,895 operational flying hours. They achieved this at a cost of 1,973 killed and 1,388 wounded. They won 342 British gallantry awards.

Link:
Many thanks to Pen & Sword Books for the review copy; www.pen-and-sword.co.uk
Rating:
Highly recommended!
The Forgotten Few - The Polish Air Force in World War 2
- Pen & Sword books -
Book format and details:
Title:
The Forgotten Few - The Polish Air Force in World War 2
Author:
Adam Zamoyski
ISBN:
9781848841963
Format:
Paperback, 235 x 155mm, 256 pages
Illustrations:
Black & white photographs
Publ. date:
January 2010
The Forgotten Few - The Polish Air Force in World War 2
- Pen & Sword books -
- The Forgotten Few - The Polish Air Force in the RAF -
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