Movie about Polish Fighter Squadron in the making
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A film about the iconic No. 303 Polish pilots who fought with the RAF against the Luftwaffe in WWII, is currently in pre-production.
No. 303 squadron pilots. L-R: F/O Ferić, F/Lt Lt Kent, F/O Grzeszczak, P/O Radomski, P/O Zumbach, P/O Łokuciewski, F/O Henneberg, Sgt Rogowski, Sgt Szaposznikow (in 1940). Photo: Wikimedia Commons
Łukasz Palkowski, whose lastest movie 'Gods' has been both a hit with critics and the public, will take on directorial duties, while the script has been written by veteran film-maker Jerzy Skolimowski, Ewa Piaskowska and James McManus.
According to daily Rzeczpospolita, the film tells the story of three friends who met at aviation school in Dęblin. Together, they survived the outbreak of World War II, and fled to the UK through Romania.
Once in Great Britain, they became part of the legendary No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron.
Producer Jacek Samojłowicz is currently trying to get funding to get the film off the ground.
The squadon was famous among the Allies and the Nazi Luftwaffe for the agility and bravery of its pilots, and it ultimately shot down more enemy planes than any other formation.
(Left to right) Pilot Officer Mirosław Ferić, Flying Officers Bogdan Grzeszczak, Jan Zumbach and Zdzisław Henneberg and Flight-Lieutenant J. A. Kent, who commanded "A" Flight of No. 303 (Polish) Squadron RAF, October 1940. Photo: Wikimedia Commons
One member of the 303s, Canadian-born John A. Kent famously said: “I cannot say how proud I am to have been privileged to help form and lead No. 303 squadron and later to lead such a magnificent fighting force as the Polish Wing. There formed within me in those days an admiration, respect and genuine affection for these really remarkable men which I have never lost.” (rg)