His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, cousin of Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom, has cut the ribbon of an exhibition dedicated to Polish pilots fighting in the Battle of Britain and their exploits.
Prepared by the Polish Embassy in London, the "#BoBPoles80: Polish Airmen in the Battle of Britain - the 80th Anniversary” exhibition was opened by His Royal Highness Prince Edward, the Duke of Kent, on Tuesday the day of the 80th anniversary of the battle which, with Polish airmen’s contribution, turned the tide of WWII.
Consisting of 20 photographs the exhibition is showing the Polish airmen’s struggle against the aerial war machine of Germany’s Luftwaffe in the Summer and Autumn of 1940. Beholders can also see His Royal Majesty King George VI and British ministers in the photos taken together with the Polish sky aces. One of the images on display is the memorable group photo of the No. 303 Squadron RAF, whose pivotal input and exploits during the Battle of Britain are best summarised by Air Chief Marshal Sir Hugh Dowding, head of RAF Fighter Command during WWII, who wrote: "Had it not been for the magnificent material contributed by the Polish squadrons and their unsurpassed gallantry. I hesitate to say that the outcome of the Battle [of Britain] would have been the same."
At the inauguration ceremony, HRH The Duke of Kent said that it was a great honour to open the exhibition, adding that “the story of our ancestors who died in this battle is extraordinary. We will tell it to the next generations, because the courage, resistance and determination of those who died are legendary. Thanks to this exhibition, even more people will learn about it.”
To mark #BattleofBritain80 and #BattleofBritainDay, HRH The Duke of Kent launched @PolishEmbassyUK #BoBPoles80 exhibition presenting iconic photos which tell the story of #BoBPoles and capture the unique Polish spirit. It is available to view until 31.10. Come and see it! #BoB80 pic.twitter.com/UfDKm3xgAC— Polish Embassy UK 🇵🇱 (@PolishEmbassyUK) September 15, 2020
Being part of the Embassy’s #BoBPoles80 campaign which celebrates the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and Poles contribution to it, the exhibition will remain open to the public until the last day of October.
Honoured that HRH The Duke of Kent has opened @PolishEmbassyUK #BoBPoles80 exhibition w/ iconic photos which tell the story of #BoBPoles & capture the unique Polish spirit. A very special way to mark #BattleofBritain80 & #BattleofBritainDay. Come & see the exhibition until 31.10! pic.twitter.com/e5Lwc4f64q— Arkady Rzegocki 🇵🇱 (@ArkadyRzegocki) September 15, 2020
Meanwhile in Poland, at the Polish Air Force University in Dęblin, the Anniversary of the Battle of Britain was also celebrated.
3000 Allied aircrew fought in the Battle of Britain. A fifth weren’t British.— Royal Air Force (@RoyalAirForce) September 15, 2020
145 were Polish. 30 lost their lives defending the UK. One memorial says “They died fighting for Britain, Poland & freedom".
Watch this video from @PolishEmbassyUK & @thehistoryguy#DetectAndDefend https://t.co/SRn9ZVHI7V
🇬🇧'The sky above Britain'- remembering unsung bravery of the Polish🇵🇱 airmen and their vital role in #BattleOfBritain. As the 80th anniversary of this pivotal aerial conflict of #WWII is marked, a special exhibition was opened in the Military Air Force Academy in Dęblin, #Poland pic.twitter.com/0fUCX0KNbS— PLParliament (@PLParliament) September 15, 2020