Their fathers whom both flew Spitfire MKIIb P8331, Sumatra were also counterparts and worked together specifically as Commanding Officer’s of 1 Polish Fighter Wing, representing the Polish Air Force and Royal Air Force respectively. It was clear to see that there was a mutual respect between them both in the short period they worked together, this expressed in the words of Group Captain Kent in his book “One of the Few”, “Militarily I suppose the operation was a success, but Philip’s loss was keenly felt by us all as, apart from his ability as a fighter pilot, he was a very popular officer and an able leader”
This tangible link to the pilots through their children provides us with a living timeline to the past and present, and the ability to ensure that a lasting legacy is achieved. The eternal pride that they both display all these years later linking Poland, Canada and England is as strong now as it was in 1940/41 for their fathers.
The project looks forward to having both Janek and Alexandra represent their fathers at appropriate occasions, geography and circumstances depending. We will also commit to consulting with them on major decisions made by the project to ensure our goals of remembrance, unity, legacy and education are being fulfilled in a respectful and appropriate manner becoming of their father’s.
To find out more about Janek, Alexandra and our other Patrons, please visit our Patrons page.
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