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Brothers in Arms

16 SEPTEMBER 2011 - 4 MARCH 2012, RAF MUSEUM LONDON, GRAHAME PARK WAY, LONDON NW9 5LL. During the Battle of Britain one fifth of Fighter Command’s aircrew came from overseas with 16 nations represented in its squadrons. Arguably the RAF’s most prolific and successful pilots of this campaign and beyond were the dispossessed Polish and Czechoslovakian pilots who had escaped from their homelands to fight, as brothers in arms, against a tyranny that had occupied Continental Europe.

A multimedia exhibition which explores through drawings, archive film footage and sculpture the bravery of men such as Czech fighter pilot Josef Frantisek and the men of 303 Squadron; and the fate of those Polish & Czechoslovakian RAF pilots who returned back to their homelands only to be deemed criminals and outcasts by Communist regimes desperate to ‘clip the wings’ of any ‘dangerous elements’ who could become powerful totems around which potential resistance groups could form.

The exhibition is curated by RAF Museum London,  in association with the Polish Institute of National Remembrance.

For more information visit: http://www.rafmuseum.org.uk/london/whatson/event.cfm?event_id=513