The annual commemoration of fallen Polish airmen took place on Saturday, September 13.

In bright sunshine, scores of veterans, representatives of Polish scouting groups, relatives of former servicemen and women and a large contingent of RAF personnel gathered at the Polish War Memorial in West End Road for the ceremony.

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Octogenarian former fighters mingled with young cadets from the Polish air force academy in Deblin for the traditional laying of wreaths and prayers in Polish and English.


The ceremony is held as close to Battle of Britain Day, September 15, as possible

Then as the ceremony drew to a close and trumpeters played the Polish tune The White Roses Are Blooming, overhead thundered a Spitfire and Hurricane , bringing a fittingly stirring end to proceedings.

The veterans and their families and invited guests then went to RAF Northolt in West End Road for a lunch.