The British Prime Minister Boris Johnson thanked the Polish Aviators Committee for its contribution to the commemoration of the 80th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He assured that the participation of Poles in it would not be forgotten.
"I would like to take this opportunity to pay tribute to you and to everyone involved in the Polish Aviators Committee for everything you do to ensure that the sacrifices made by everyone who fought in the Polish Air Force in World War II will never be forgotten," wrote the British Prime Minister in a letter sent last week to one of the committee's board members.
"I am honoured to represent Uxbridge and South Ruislip, which houses the RAF Northolt base and the Battle of Britain Bunker. I was extremely proud to recently visit the bunker with Ambassador Arkady Rzegocki to attend the Battle of Britain commemorative event, and pay tribute to those people who fiercely fought in the air and on the ground 80 years ago. They are the Few to whom we owe so much and who will not be forgotten "- added PM Johnson, referring to the words of Winston Churchill about the participants in the battle.
British historians claim that the real duration of the battle of Britain is from July 10 to October 31, 1940, when the most intense German air raids took place.
The Poles, with a force of 145 people, were the second largest nationality on the side of the Allies. Accounting for less than 5 percent of the aviators, Polish pilots managed to shoot down over 10 percent of the Nazi-German Luftwaffe planes downed in the Battle of Britain.