The status of the Polish War Memorial in Northolt, London has been raised to Grade II*, which means that it is thereby considered a "particularly important" site, Historic England, an independent commission dealing with monuments and historical buildings in England announced on Monday.
Only 5.8 percent of monuments placed on the National Heritage List for England have such a grade. The status upgrade is related to the celebration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and is a token of gratitude to all those who fought shoulder by shoulder with British pilots.
The Memorial is located near the Royal Air Force Northolt base in the London district of Hillingdon, where Polish aviation squadrons were stationed during WWII. This symbolic place was chosen to honour the achievements and sacrifice of Poles who contributed significantly to the Allied victory in the Battle of Britain in 1940.
The monument in Northolt, built by the sculptor Mieczysław Lubelski, was unveiled in 1948. It was erected on the initiative of the Polish Air Force Association. The names of over 1,900 Polish airmen who lost their lives fighting with the Allied forces were engraved in the monument. It also features elements related to the history and achievements of Polish pilots in Great Britain.