Polish airmen who once flew in the Polish Air Force found themselves attached to Royal Air Force squadrons during World War Two, particularly during the hard-fought Battle of Britain. Two Polish squadrons, 303 and 315 briefly spent time in Northern Ireland.
During World War Two, in particular after Nazi occupation of Poland, many fled their country to escape persecution and to fight with Allied troops in the military and air force. The men of Poland were excellent aerial fighters and by 1940, the Polish Air Force had grown to become the fifth largest Allied Air Force.
After the occupation of their home country, many Poles joined the ranks of the Royal Air Force. Many brave Polish airmen would lose their lives between 1940 and 1945 and there are several graves and memorials in Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland to remember the fallen.
RAF 303 Squadron in Northern Ireland
12th November 2018
RAF 303 Squadron was an elite unit of Polish fighter pilots, officers, and ground crew who chalked up a record number of victories in the Battle of Britain.
RAF 315 Squadron in Northern Ireland
13th November 2018
RAF 315 Squadron was a Polish fighter squadron that operated in offensive and defensive roles throughout World War Two including time in Northern Ireland.