The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee (PAFMC) is delighted to announce the re-opening to visitors to its Polish Air Force Exhibition at RAF Northolt, now housed in the historic Officers' Mess by kind permission of the Station Commander.
Public visits will now reconvene and also include the restored Sector Control Room. As RAF Northolt is an operational Station, visits must be arranged in organised tours. Each tour will be limited to 20 people and applications should be made to the PAFMC chairman Richard Kornicki via email: email@example.com or via the Contacts page on the PAFMC website www.polishairforcememorialcommittee.org/contact-2.
Public visits for 2022 are on Sundays at 14.00 on the following dates: 29 May, 26 June, 31 July, 28 August, 2 October,
30 October and 27 November.
For Group visits (of up to 20 people) additional dates may be available. There is no charge for visits, but donations are welcome. All visits are subject to overriding operational requirements.
The Exhibition is housed in The Polish Air Force Room in the heart of the Officers’ Mess. It tells the story of the Polish Air Force and its achievements during the Second World War in Poland, France and England. It combines personal memorabilia, artworks, aircraft models, photographs, and display panels.
It is particularly fitting the Exhibition 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.
Battle of Britain Bunker
In addition to the museum at RAF Northolt, a 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.