British Prime Minister Boris Johnson and Polish Ambassador to the UK Arkady Rzegocki have laid wreaths at a monument commemorating pilots who took part in the Battle of Britain in the year marking its 80th anniversary.
“I am extremely proud to be here today, at the Battle of Britain Bunker in Uxbridge, to pay tribute to those individuals who fought hard in the sky and on the ground 80 years ago. One of the decisive confrontations during the battle took place on September 15, 1940. On that day, Winston Churchill visited the HQ of No. 11 Group, Fighter Command here at Uxbridge. Deep underground in the operations room, he witnessed the titanic effort of the men and women working to defend the skies over Britain,” Mr Johnson said.
“Just in this battle, 145 Polish pilots fought alongside British airmen, resisting the Nazi German offensive and giving hope to many in Europe,” Mr Rzegocki said.
“Today’s ceremony is an opportunity to reflect on the Polish-British spirit of friendship and cooperation that our war heroes ignited and our generation nurtures until this day. Glory to the heroes and we will always remember them,” the Polish ambassador emphasised.
Together with 🇬🇧 PM @BorisJohnson, I took part in a wreath-laying ceremony at the @BofBBunker to mark the 80th anniversary of the #BattleOfBritain and to pay tribute to the men and women who defended 🇬🇧 skies and fought for our freedom and yours.#BattleofBritain80 #BoBPoles80 pic.twitter.com/EkuyL1gqKR— Arkady Rzegocki 🇵🇱 (@ArkadyRzegocki) September 13, 2020