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The Forgotten Few The Polish Air Force in the Second World War (Paperback)

Author:  Adam Zamoyski
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Format: Paperback
ISBN-10: 1848841965
ISBN-13: 9781848841963
Sku: 213262110
Publish Date: 3/30/2010
Dimensions:  (in Inches) 9.75H x 6.25L x 0.75T
Pages:  239
Age Range:  NA
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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.
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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.

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Times Literary Supplement
"His volume is a salutary reminder of the contribution made by Allies whose sacrifices were not crowned with national liberation and joyful homecoming....Zamoyski has taken care not to allow the narrative to dwell exclusively on the exploits of Polish fighter aces. The role of the Polish bomber crews is also acknowledged...despite the shabby treatment of such gallant comrades-in-arms, this is not a sad book. There are moments of pathos and tragedy, but most of all it is a celebration of the skills, commitment and courage of the men and women of the Polish Air Force." - Keith Sword 07/26/1996
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