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  • 2 November 2018

    Today, London Borough of Hillingdon hosted an opening and digital presentation of the Polish Air Force Heritage Trail – key sites frequented by members of the Polish Air Force during the Second World War.


    The event, which took place at the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge and was organised on the 70th anniversary of the unveiling of the Polish Air Force Memorial in Northolt, was attended by Ambassador of Poland in London Arkady Rzegocki, Mayor of Hillingdon Cllr John Morgan and Leader of Hillingdon Council Cllr Ray Puddifoot.


    Speaking about the initiative, Ambassador Rzegocki said: “I hope that this trail, showing the tremendous effort of Polish airmen and airwomen, will help tell the stories of those brave people, who risked their lives to save those of others.”


    The Polish Air Force Heritage Trail takes in the Battle of Britain Bunker, the Polish Air Force Memorial, The Orchard public house – the favourite watering hole of the Polish airmen stationed at RAF Northolt, and Northwood Cemetery, the burial site of Polish airmen.


    Follow the trail on your smartphone using the interactive map available here.


    From 1940 to 1945 thousands of members of the Polish Air Force lived and worked within what is now the London Borough of Hillingdon. Most were stationed at RAF Northolt with the Polish Fighter Wing, with a smaller number working at RAF Uxbridge. In total, during the war almost 20,000 Polish airmen and airwomen were serving in the Polish Air Force in Britain.


    The heritage trail was prepared by Hillingdon Council with the support of the Polish Embassy in London, the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, the Polish Airmen’s Association UK, The Orchard pub, producers of the feature film Hurricane, Wojtek Matusiak and Kaleidoscope Home Entertainment.


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