Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in World War II

Forgotten Few: The Polish Air Force in World War II

by Adam Zamoyski


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By the beginning of 1941 there was a fully fledged Polish Air Force operating alongside the RAF. With 14 Squadrons it was larger than any other of the Air Force from Nazi-occupied Europe that had joined the Allies. Over 17,000 men and women passed through the ranks of the Polish Air Force while it was stationed in the UK. They shot down 745 enemy aircraft, with a further 175 unconfirmed. They dropped thousands of bombs and laid hundreds of mines, flying 102,486 sorties notching up a total of 290,895 operation flying hours. They achieved this at a cost of 1,973 killed and 1,388 wounded. They won 342 British gallantry awards.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781848841963
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 03/10/2010
Edition description: Reprint
Pages: 256
Sales rank: 1,223,487
Product dimensions: 6.10(w) x 9.10(h) x 0.70(d)

Table of Contents

Illustrations viii

Preface x

Maps xii

1 Knights Errant 1

2 Growing Wings 6

3 Black September 20

4 Balkan Farce 35

5 French Fiasco 44

6 Mist and Regulations 57

7 The Legend of 303 78

8 Fighting On 98

9 Bombing 124

10 A Growing Family 143

11 The Home Front 164

12 No Victory 181

13 Redundancy 202

Sources 221

Bibliography 226

Index 231

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