"Lest we forget"

None of this would be possible without our sponsors and volunteers

(Image credit: © Peter Sikora Archive)

Your countrymen and women need you

We want to give our sponsors and volunteers a massive shout-out and huge thank you, to recognise the valuable contribution they make and without whom we couldn’t do the work we do to ensure that the sacrifices made by the ‘Few’ are not forgotten by the many.

But we’re always eager to hear from new people, organisations and businesses who can help. So if you think you can help, then please contact us on the form below:

This is a unique and rare opportunity for you to get involved with our history, telling the story of the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire, which is just oozing with passion, perfect aesthetics, quality engineering and of course the men who flew it, ultimately symbolising the hope of a nation.

So for you the marketing and PR opportunities involved in this significant project are then, endless. Partner DNA packages are available to ensure that there is a mutually beneficial synergy between both parties whereby your company become part of the aircraft’s history journey for posterity. These options include access to a captive audience of over 500,000 people at air shows across Europe and over 100,000 on social media platforms globally. We also have access to flying Spitfire and Hurricane fighters for corporate events, a static full scale exact replica of Spitfire P8331 again for events, media coverage through radio, television and newspapers, guest speakers and much more.

So if you feel you can support us in any way, as well as financial, then please get in touch on the form above.

Our Partners

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Embassy of the Republic of Poland in London

The Polish Embassy UK is based in London and provides services to help members of the Public, Business and also Officials. For more information please click on the website link.

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DesignSoSimple - our website designer

DesignSoSimple.co.uk are proud to support Laguna’s Spitfire Legacy and design their logo and website free of charge. Like all our work, we aimed to deliver simple to understand, creative designs, strategy, and copy that is engaging and effective, search engine friendly, working on mobile, tablet and desktop devices that creates awareness, a following and deliver great results. What’s more, like we do for all our clients, we’re there on hand to help Laguna whenever you need us for things like, to add website functionality, advice, design and creative marketing solutions, or just need some help and much much more. So whether you’re looking for a website through DesignSoSimple, or creative marketing and brand strategy design solutions through our sister company Ignite Brand Marketing Strategy Design Consultancy call us on 07790 466264 or check out our websites and arrange a free initial consultation to see how we can help and let us help take your business to the next level. Because we understand that when you succeed so do we, so we work damn hard to make sure you get the results you are looking for.

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Peter Sikora - Historian / Advisor

Peter Sikora is an aviation researcher, historian and writer who specialises in the history of the Polish Air Force between 1918 and 1946. Peter kindly wrote and supplied all historical information contained within this website including the Polish Air Force, Pilot and biography sections including Piotr Łaguna on our Home and About pages.

Peter and Scott have become firm friends and have focused from the beginning of the project, that accuracy must remain the key to historical knowledge. It was in fact Peter who has mentored Scott in all aspects of the Polish Air Force as well as helping him to contact the Laguna family.

Peter has written a number of books, the one relevant to this project’s protagonist is below, entitled ‘The Polish Few’, available from Amazon or Pen & Sword websites.

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Allied Rapid Reaction Corps

Headquarters Allied Rapid Reaction Corps (HQ ARRC) provides NATO with a rapidly deployable, flexible HQ that can act as a Joint, Land or Corps HQ for operations and crisis response. Its multi-national ethos, the combination of cultures and innovation, strong professional reputation in NATO and proven track record in interoperability are unique among its High Readiness Force (Land) (HRF(L)) peers.

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Polish Airmens Association

The Polish Air Force Association (PAFA) was founded in London in June 1945 to represent all members of the Polish Air Force who served under British command during the Second World War.

Some fifty years later a decision was taken to disband the organisation; this took place at an Extraordinary General Meeting held on 29th June 1999. Nevertheless, PAFA branches continued to function independently for many years as PAFA clubs in the following cities: London, Birmingham, Blackpool, Derby, Leeds, Leicester, Lincoln, Manchester and Nottingham. Similar clubs and wings also remained active in various places abroad as did the London-based PAFA Charitable Trust which was dissolved in 2011. Soon after PAFA was disbanded in 1999 the now independent PAFA Club in London (formerly PAFA’s London branch) changed its name to the “Polish Airmen’s Association”. Its chairman at that time was Colonel Adam Ostrowski, a WW2 Spitfire pilot.

In the fullness of time our Association broadened its membership to include not only those who had served with the Polish Air Force during WW2 but also their family members, other supporters and friends with a genuine interest in flying and the history and traditions of the Polish Air Force.

Our Association assumed all the established responsibilities of the former Polish Air Force Association’s London branch such as providing care for veterans in need by liaising with the Welfare Committee of the PAFA Charitable Trust for as long as it existed.

Our executive committee has organised social events in the Greater London area including frequent gatherings and popular monthly lunches. Members have also participated in all commemorative events and celebrations associated with the Polish Air Force in Great Britain. These include the annual service held in Westminster Abbey on Battle of Britain Day in September and wreath-laying there on Remembrance Sunday in November. Association members have also assisted the PAF Charitable Trust to organise international reunions of Polish airmen and women in Great Britain and Poland.

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Polish Heritage Day

PHD sees a number of events, organised in May throughout the United Kingdom, which promotes Polish culture, heritage of the past generations and the positive contribution made by the million members of the Polish diaspora to the cultural, economic and social life of the United Kingdom.

The official symbol of the initiative is the red-and-white chequer board, which was the symbol of the Polish pilots who fought in the Battle of Britain and which, thanks to the Embassy’s efforts, has unofficially become the symbol of Poles in the UK. The social media campaign will include the hashtags: #PLHeritageDay and #PolesinUK.

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Airframe Assemblies

Airframe Assemblies have been involved in Historic aircraft restoration for 35 years, predominantly rebuilding Spitfire airframes and sub-assemblies, but also working on other types including Typhoon, Hurricane, Tempest, Lancaster, Messerschmitt and Focke-Wulf to name but a few.

Through focusing on Spitfires, AA has tooling, jigs and fixtures to cater for any airframe part and for all marks of this iconic aeroplane, from minor details to complete fuselage and wings.

The current staff compromise of 25 highly skilled fitters and sheet metal workers, with a fabrication capability to produce all required parts. AA is one of very few companies in this sector to hold a full CAA approval for the manufacture and supply of historic airframe components, attaining and holding that level of approval for 27 years.

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British Poles

British Poles is a portal focusing on the subject of Poles in the UK and British-Polish relations. We have the largest social media influence for Poles abroad in the world (100,000 fans on Facebook) and we reach millions of people weekly.

Our social media accounts were created in 2014 and after an enormous success over the years we have decided to create a portal in 2019. We focus on cultural, political, historical and social issues. Additionally, the portal promotes good relations between Poland and the UK as well as the positive image of Polish diaspora in the UK. We aim to educate and strengthen the understanding of British politics and life amongst the Poles, as well as the Polish culture and rich history amidst the British audiences. We patron, organise and support a number of projects, such as: #Polishblood, in which thousands of Poles donate blood to the NHS, the British Remembrance Day, the annual Polish Independence Day and many other social and cultural events.

We are looking for journalists and interns to work for us as well as media partners and businesses that would like to cooperate.

We are not merely reporting on the debate – we are the debate.

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The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee

The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee is a Charitable Incorporated Organisation (No. 1185691) set up by the Polish Air Force Association Charitable Trust to maintain key functions after the Trust was wound up in 2010. The Committee was formed with the explicit agreement of the Commander in Chief of the Polish Air Force and of the Chief of the Air Staff for the Royal Air Force with both of whom we continue to work very closely. The Committee is the continuing and direct formal successor of the Polish Air Force in the west and the organisations that represented it after the war.

The Committee arranges the annual Commemoration of the Polish Air Force at the Northolt Memorial and provides representation at other key events in Britain and Poland. We also run the only Museum in the country wholly dedicated to the Polish Air Force and provide a focal point for enquiries from descendants, scholars, schools and others as well as giving lectures and preserving the memory of the Polish Air Force in the West. In 2019 we created a major new Memorial in Normandy on the 75th anniversary of D-Day to mark the role played by the Polish Air Force in the liberation of France.

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Institute of National Remembrance

The mission of the Institute of National Remembrance – Commission for the Prosecution of Crimes against the Polish Nation (Instytut Pamięci Narodowej – Komisja Ścigania Zbrodni przeciwko Narodowi Polskiemu – the IPN) is to research and popularize the modern history of Poland and to investigate crimes committed from 8 November 1917, throughout the Second World War and the communist period, to 31 July 1990.

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Remote Trauma

Remote Trauma is a global specialist in safety and health risk management, operating internationally in remote locations from the Middle East to Asia, Central America to Africa, across a range of genres.

If you’re in the business of television and film production, regardless of the size of your organisation, Remote Trauma can identify your risks and provide cost effective solutions to complete your projects safely.

We can deliver risk assessments for every working environment, flexible training programmes for staff and experienced and professionally qualified medical, safety and security personnel who can advise and support your teams.

Our aim is to exceed your expectations, implementing meticulous risk management strategies from the outset of any project. Our expertise is taking care of your people so you can take care of business.

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Classic Racing Spirits

‘Classic Racing Spirit’ aims to service the three main fan bases of Classic Bikes, Cars and Aircraft by supplying beautifully designed, hand crafted merchandise. Products are intended to be practical and functional, employing the intentions, skills and materials from each era. The owners of vintage bikes, cars and aircraft not only want to be able to operate their vehicles in the appropriate attire but also their lifestyle products need to reflect their values

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909 Apparel

909 Apparel® is named in honour of Nine-O-Nine, a B-17 that completed 140 combat missions in WW2. Their designs celebrate the History & Heritage of Aviation, featuring Blueprints, Facts, Figures & attention to detail down to the last rivet.

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James Barry and Sons

We are your helpful, flexible, local accountancy practice offering personalised services and payment plans tailored to your business needs.
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