On 7th September 2019, the Annual Commemoration of Fallen Polish Airmen was held at the Polish War Memorial in South Ruislip.
From 1940 to 1945 thousands of members of the Polish Air Force were stationed within what is now the London Borough of Hillingdon. Most were based at RAF Northolt as part of a Polish Fighter Wing, with a smaller number working at RAF Uxbridge.
The Polish Air Force Memorial in Northolt was unveiled in 1948 to commemorate fallen Polish airmen and the participation of Polish Squadrons in the war effort. Every year there are ceremonies, organised by many associations, of homage to them.
The commemoration was attended by many distinguished guests, among others: HE Arkady Rzegocki, the Polish ambassador, Bruce Houlder, representative deputy Lieutenant from Hillingdon, Cllr David Yarrow, Cllr Abdullah Gulaid, Cllr Daryl Brown, Cllr Irene Brown – Mayors of Hillingdon, Ealing, Hammersmith and Fulham, Newark, Air Chief Marshal Michael Wigston, General Piotr Krawczyk, Rector Commandant from Polish Air Force University in Dęblin, commanders of RAF Northolt, veterans with families, and representatives of combatant associations.
Watch the footage of last weekend’s ceremony at the memorial:
The official wreath laying begins at 13:51 and ends at 39:50. The Last Post is played from 43:07 to 44:17. The Polish National Anthem is played from 45:44 to 46:28. The British National Anthem is played from 46:33 to 47:07.
More about the ceremony: https://www.britishpoles.uk/ceremony-of-homage-to-fallen-polish-airmen-in-london/
Author: Thomas Ozel/MB
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