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Battle of Britain 80th Anniversary, Polish Air Force Virtual Commemoration Event

Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy 145 Challenge – take part in our virtual event and complete 145 km, 145 metres, or 145 minutes, worth of exercise, you decide and we’ll award you with a special commemorative medal and a Spitfire P8331 DNA Partner certificate for your efforts.

As we try to remember the 80th Anniversary of the Battle of Britain in 2020, Covid-19 has caused some real challenges for outdoor events and celebrations with crowds. 

We firmly believe that this should not go past unacknowledged, and have therefore created a fun VIRTUAL activity event for families or individuals that can be completed in your own time doing an exercise or activity of your own choice from Wednesday 13th May (Date of delivery of P8331 to 303 Squadron in 1941) until 15th September, Battle of Britain Day.

We are encouraging everybody to purchase a ticket to the event and complete a personal choice challenge of 145 kilometres, 14.5 kilometres, or even 145 metres, or 145 minutes worth of exercise in whatever form you wish, to commemorate the 145 Polish Pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain in 1940. This will allow you to complete the challenge over four months and see you awarded with a Special Commemorative medal and a Spitfire P8331 DNA Partner certificate upon completion.

This is an honesty based event and we would encourage you to post your results once monthly on our Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy Facebook page until completion on 15th September, where we would ask you to take a picture of you having completed your 145 activities in a fun way.

It was the intention of Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy to officially launch the project in April 2020 and send a flying Spitfire and Hurricane of the Polish Heritage Flight to Poland in June 2020 as a tribute to the Polish people but this had to be postponed due to the virus. 

We are encouraging the public to support the restoration/rebuild of Spitfire P8331 G-KOSC in time for 2025 and the planned Polish Memorial Flight in this year as well as the rescheduled Tour for 2021. Ticket sales will see a thoroughly positive and truly unique opportunity for YOU to personally honour the 18,000 members of the Polish Air Force who travelled to fight with the RAF as their strongest Allies. Join us together in creating this legacy for generations to come.

Supermarine Spitfire P8331 Sumatra

Image credit: © Will Jarman

How you can take part in our event?

Tickets are available at Eventbrite (just click on the button below). All proceeds will be directly fed back to the project to aid the funding of our Remembrance, Unity and Legacy principals. LSL is a Not for profit Community Interest Company. Company Number 11837058.

For more information on the project please revisit our website blog www.lagunasspitfirelegacy.org/news-blog/ or our Facebook page by the same name for more information. For Our Freedom and Yours.

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Scott Booth

Scott Booth

LSL Founder & Director. Having spent 9 years in the Royal Marines Commandos deploying on operation tours in Northern Ireland and Bosnia. Now working in the Medical Devices world as an International Business Development Manager for a British Orthopaedic Manufacturer.

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