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Coming this summer are two movies on famous 303 Polish Squadron RAF. Movies tell a story of the Polish veterans that were underestimated by British commanders and held in training until the Battle of Britain climax. When allowed to fight proved their quality by destroying more German aircraft than any Allied unit involved in Battle.
1940. Great Britain stands alone in Europe against the growing stain of the rampant Nazi empire, its nervous inhabitants wondering what the future holds. But a handful of people on this beleaguered island know only too well what one possible future might hold. They have seen Warsaw burn, Poland crumble, France capitulate. Men like Jan Zumbach, Witold Urbanowicz, Miroslaw Feric and Tolo Lokuciewski, pilots of the Polish Air Force, who know that if the Luftwaffe isn’t stopped, then Poland, Holland and France were just Hitler’s hors d’oeuvres. So they are ready to fight, if they are given the planes. The problem is the British don’t trust ‘the bloody Poles’. And so the pilots, strangers in what seems a very strange land indeed, will over the course of a few months have to fight several wars at once – with the xenophobia of the authorities and the public, with the language, the unfamiliar Hurricane fighters, with the battle-hardened Luftwaffe. But once they are reluctantly made operational by the RAF, the Polish fighters show what they can do, out-gunning the enemy and out-scoring their allies. The once hostile British fete the Polish flyers as heroes – saviours, even. Now, though, the Poles have a fresh enemy – themselves, as nerves and fatigue take a terrible toll on men pushed to the limit by constant aerial warfare, fighting to save their own country above a foreign land. Not all will make it. Not all friendships will survive. And when it’s over, Jan Zumbach will contemplate a pyrrhic victory, as Poland is handed over to Stalin’s puppets. – from IMDB plot description
Dywizjon 303 (303 Squadron)
Based on Polish WW2 book “Dywizjon 303” by famous author Arkady Fidler. Polish production describes the finest hour of fighter pilots from most succesful Allied unit in Battle of Britain.
This is the story of the highly regarded fighter squadron, in which served mainly soldiers from Poland, in the history of aerial combat and their heroic defence of England during WW2, Battle of Britain against Nazi attacks. The 303 Squadron shot three times more Luftwaffe planes than any other allied squadrons.
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