Battle of Britain: New museum pays tribute to WWII Polish pilots

The museum highlights the role of Polish fighters who gained a reputation for courage and effectiveness.

Antique aircraft, innumerable memorabilia from WWII and equipment used by pilots from the squadron recount heroic stories in the exhibition displayed in Częstochowa, southern Poland.

In the summer and fall of 1940, German and British air forces clashed in the skies over the United Kingdom. The daring air campaign to defend Britain from the German air force, which later came to be known as the Battle of Britain, has been described as the first major military campaign to be fought entirely by air forces. 

Following the Nazi German invasion of Poland on September 1, 1939, and subsequent invasion by the Soviet army two weeks later as a part of the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact, many Polish Air Force fighters left for England.