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Memorial details

Memorial type
Sculptured / Cast figure
District
Hillingdon
Town
Northolt
County
Greater London
Country
England
Commemoration
Second World War (1939-1945)
Maker
Mr Mieczyslaw Lubelski, Morris Singer & Co Ltd
Ceremony
  • Unveiled
    Date: 2 November 1948
    Attended by: Lord Tedder
Lost
Not lost
WM Reference
2276
Current location

Northolt Aerodrome Garden
Junction Of West End Road And Western Avenue
Northolt
Hillingdon
Greater London
HA4 6RB
England

OS Grid Ref: TQ 11021 84541
Denomination: Undefined

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Description
Bronze eagle surmounts tall square column placed in centre of screen facing pond. Low curved wall behind column bears names. Gates in front bear historical inscription panels. Flanked by Polish and RAF flags. Polish and RAF air force eagles on gate posts.
Inscription
Front: 1940/ 1945/ POLISH AIR FORCE/ FIGHTER SQDNS/ (LIST OF SQDNS)/ BATTLE OF BRITAIN/ BATTLE OF THE ATLANTIC/ DIEPPE/ WESTERN DESERT/ ITALY/ FRANCE/ BELGIUM/ HOLLAND/ GERMANY/ TO THE MEMORY OF/ FALLEN POLISH AIRMEN/ (Polish translation) Reverse: I HAVE FOUGHT A GOOD FIGHT, I HAVE FINISHED MY COURSE/ I HAVE KEPT THE FAITH/ II TIM IV 2 Plaque, right: THIS MEMORIAL/ COMMEMORATES THE 2165 POLISH AIRMEN/ WHO LOST THEIR LIVES IN WORLD WAR II/ FIGHTING ALONGSIDE THE WESTERN ALLIES THE POLISH AIR FORCE IN GREAT BRITAIN/ WAS FORMED IN 1940/ FROM AIRMEN WHO/ AFTER THE FALL OF POLAND IN 1939/ HAD ESCAPED TO FRANCE WHERE THEY FOUGHT/ UNTIL ITS COLLAPSE, AND FROM POLES LIVING IN/ THE USA, CANADA, ARGENTINA AND OTHER COUNTRIES/ THEIR RANKS WERE INCREASED BY POLES RELEASED/ FROM THE SOVIET LABOUR CAMPS AND SIBERIAN EXILE./ IN ALL, SOME 17,000 MEN AND WOMEN SERVED/ IN THE POLISH AIR FORCE, WHICH COMPRISED 16/ OPERATIONAL FLYING SQUADRONS THIS MEMORIAL WAS ERECTED IN 1948 AND/ SUBSTANTIALLY RESTORED IN 1996/ FROM PUBLIC DONATIONS./ IT IS ADJACENT TO THE ROYAL AIR FORCE STATION/ NORTHOLT, WHICH WAS THE MAIN BASE FOR THE/ POLISH FIGHTER SQUADRONS DURING THE/ BATTLE OF BRITAIN ON LEFT GATE POST: (Polish translation)
Inscription legible?
yes
Commemorations
  • Second World War (1939-1945)
    Total names on memorial: 2165
    Served and returned: 0
    Died: 2165
    Exact count: yes
    Information shown: surname,rank
    Order of information: Undefined
Components
  • Sculpture
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Bronze
  • Base
    Measurements: Undefined
    Materials: Stone - York
Listing information
  • THE POLISH WAR MEMORIAL, AT JUNCTION WITH WESTERN AVENUE
  • Grade II
  • This memorial is protected, and listed on the National Heritage List for England maintained by Historic England. View list entry
  • More about listing and the protection of historic places can be found on the Historic England website
  • Historic England
Condition
History
1996: extensive restoration. 1994: restoration appeal launched by the Polish Air Force Association.
Trust fund/Scholarship
No
Purpose: Unknown or N/A
Sponsorship
Public
Details: 'Polish Armed Forces and British Public '
Reference
  • FOR YOUR TOMORROW: BRITISH SECOND WORLD WAR MEMORIALS by BOORMAN, DEREK 103/104 Source: Image Library NIWM Published:SESSIONS 1995 YORK
  • Royal Air Force News 5 Oct 2012
  • Royal Air Force News 21 Oct. 2011 Report of ceremony attended for the first time by a group from the Polish Air Force Academy at Deblin.
  • The Home Front: Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcote in wartime by Ruislip, Northwood and Eastcot 48 / 2007

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