Excerpted in SMITHSONIAN'S
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THE WORLD NEEDS HEROES...
The fighter pilot, "his sworn duty to protect...hurls himself at the enemy with the momentum of the thousand horses harnessed in his engine."
303 "Kościuszko" Squadron
The summer of 1940 and the Battle of Britain—the darkest days of World War II. France, Poland, Denmark, Belgium, the Netherlands, Luxembourg and Norway had all been crushed by the powerful Nazi German war machine. Great Britain stood alone, fighting for its life.
Thrilling action story of the celebrated squadron of Polish fighter pilots whose superb daring and aerial combat skills helped save England during its most desperate hours. The 303 "Kościuszko" Squadron flew with the RAF, downing three times the average RAF score, while incurring only one-third the average casualties during the Battle of Britain. Underdog heroes who rose to defend against the deadliest German Luftwaffe attacks, the pilots of 303 Squadron were lionized by the British press, congratulated by the King and adored by the British public.
With an immediacy that vividly brings to life those harrowing days, Arkady Fiedler paints the bravery, the poignancy, the breathtaking gambles with death risked daily by this exceptional group of young men far from home, who fought to preserve freedom for all.
WINNER of the GOLD Award for HISTORY, and the SILVER Award for INTERIOR DESIGN, at the 2011 Benjamin Franklin Awards
Aquila Polonica co-founder Terry Tegnazian talks with radio host Bill Frank, KKZZ 1400AM Radio in Ventura, California, about those cocky, audacious, charming and charismatic Polish fighter pilots of 303 Squadron, who were the highest-scoring Allied fighter squadron during the Battle of Britain (approx. 16 minutes):
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"About as exciting as it gets...a must-read."
—The Washington Times
"Deserves five stars for every single one of its pages. Vivid and thrilling almost beyond measure."
—Waterstone's Bookseller Review
"Wonderful account of the Poles' heroic deeds..."
—Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud, authors of A Question of Honor
303 Squadron: The Legendary Battle of Britain Fighter Squadron
Includes nearly 200 black and white photos, maps and illustrations; contextualizing historical material; nine appendices: Glossary, Polish Air Force Ranks and their RAF Equivalents, 303 Squadron Personnel in the Battle of Britain, Bios of all the featured 303 Squadron pilots, 303 Squadron Claimed Victories, The 303 Squadron Badge and the Original Kosciuszko Squadron, The Song of 303 Squadron, The Creation of the Polish Air Force Colour, Operational Units of the Polish Air Force in Great Britain.