Coronavirus: Visits to the Museum in 2021 have been cancelled in accordance with Government advice until further notice.
POLISH AIR FORCE MUSEUM
Our Museum at RAF Northolt has been closed during Covid-19 and is now in the course of re-design with new displays to be opened in summer 2021. Please check with this web site for news of re-opening, in the meantime our new Exhibition at the Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge is open now – see below
The Museum is open to anyone interested, but because RAF Northolt is an operational RAF Station, visits must be arranged in organised tours. Each tour will be limited to 20 people and applications should be made to the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee chairman Richard Kornicki via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Dates of tours will be placed on this web site and visits to the museum on other dates can be arranged for group bookings, subject to staff availability and operational requirements.
The Museum and exhibition is housed in the Polish Lounge, which was opened on 14 February 2007 by the last Polish President in exile Ryzard Kaczorowski, who was tragically killed in an air crash near Smolensk, Russia, on 10 April 2010.
The Museum tells the story of Polish airmen and their achievements during the Second World War in Poland, France and England. It combines personal memorabilia, artworks, aircraft models, original photographs, and display panels giving information in English and Polish.
It is particularly fitting that the Museum is at RAF Northolt, which for most of the war was home to a Polish Fighter Wing of three Squadrons on rotation. In 1940, the 303 (Polish) Tadeusz Kościuszko City of Warsaw Squadron, flying Hurricanes, became the most successful Squadron of any that fought in the Battle of Britain with 126 confirmed victories, despite only being operational for less than half the period of the Battle.
A short film about the Polish Air Force Exhibition at RAF Northolt can be viewed by clicking the red YouTube icon at the bottom right of any page or this link: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QBivxlTPpTE.
BATTLE OF BRITAIN BUNKER
In addition to the Museum at RAF Northolt, a new permanent exhibition on the Polish Air Force has been created at the Battle of Britain Bunker, Uxbridge. This is the result of collaboration between the London Borough of Hillingdon and the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, which has loaned the items on display from its growing collection of memorabilia. The exhibits include a replica of the wartime Polish Air Force Standard, which is paraded annually at the Northolt Memorial Commemoration and at the Battle of Britain Service at Capel le Ferne, Kent.
The exhibition at the Bunker will provide much greater awareness of the Polish Air Force story and to a far wider public than is possible with the restricted access to our displays at RAF Northolt, where the remainder of our material will continue to be displayed.
The project has had the full support of the Polish Embassy and the Committee would also like to put on record our thanks to the London Borough of Hillingdon for their generosity in meeting the costs of the new display area at the Bunker.
Details of the Exhibition and opening times will be found at this link: http://battleofbritainbunker.co.uk/polish-air-force