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Battle Of Britain (Polish Pilots)

Volume 438: debated on Wednesday 4 June 1947

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asked the Secretary of State for Air how many aeroplanes were fully manned by Polish Air Force crews in the Battle of Britain; and how many enemy aircraft the Polish Air Force destroyed in that battle.

Two Polish fighter squadrons, and two Polish bomber squadrons took part in the Battle of Britain. In addition, 68 Polish pilots served in fighter squadrons of the R.A.F. during the Battle. The records of enemy aircraft destroyed during the batty do not show the nationality of the pilots responsible, but Polish pilots claimed that they had shot clown 203. It is clear, therefore, that they made a most notable contribution to our victory over the Luftwaffe, and all ranks of the R.A.F. are agreed that they showed the utmost gallantry.