Bletchley Park celebrates Polish Air Force bravery

Polish pilots had participated in battle to save Britain from invasion
15th July 2010: Bletchley Park’s 10th annual Polish Day on Sunday 18 July celebrates the important contribution made by the Polish Air Force by holding lectures, guided tours, concerts, displays and other events. You can also savour a full range of Polish menu.

This year is the 70th anniversary of the Battle of Britain and it is a little known fact that Polish pilots also took part in this historic battle helping to save Britain from invasion.

The special lectures for the day include: “Poles in the Battle of Britain” by Peter Devitt, Assistant Curator, Royal Air Force Museum London; “The Zygalski Sheets”, an account of one of the pre-war Polish methods used to break Enigma, invented by the mathematician Henryk Zygalski, together with an appraisal of its historical significance, by Frank Carter; and “The Story of Poland” by Dr Hubert Zawadzki, co-author of “A Concise History of Poland” in both English and Polish.

Concert pianist Barbara Woods will perform work by Chopin, one of Poland’s most famous composers, and also talk a little about his life and work.

There will also be displays in the Mansion telling the story of the Polish Air Force and its pilots and how they became known for their bravery. For instance the Polish 303, Fighter Squadron, claimed the highest number of kills of any Allied squadron during the Battle of Britain.

Guided tours of Bletchley Park will be available in both Polish and English languages.  Other Polish-themed activities throughout the day include showing of Polish films in the 1940’s Enigma cinema and traditional folk dancers. A full Polish menu will also be available in the restaurant.

Bletchley Park has always been paying tribute to the three mathematicians commemorated on Polish Memorial – Marian Rejewski, Henryk Zygalski and Jerzy Różycki for their work on the breaking of the Enigma.

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