A Polish Air Force Memorial in France

by Polish Air Force Memorial Cttee in Plumetot, Calvados, France

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This project is using Flexible funding and will receive all pledges made by March 28th 2019 at 2:16pm

To build a memorial to Polish Airmen who took part in the Normandy landings in France: Make a contribution to their achievements and memory.

by Polish Air Force Memorial Cttee in Plumetot, Calvados, France

WHO IS BEHIND THE PROJECT?

The project is a joint initiative between the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee, the Commune of Plumetot and the Polish Embassy in France.  It all started with a letter from the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee to the Mayor of Plumetot in January 2017: 'What do you think of the idea to build a monument to Polish airmen in your town?'.  Since then the project has developed rapidly as an international venture and we will unveil the monument on 9 June 2019.  


ABOUT THE POLISH AIR FORCE MEMORIAL COMMITTEE

The Polish Air Force Memorial Committee was formed in 2010 with the aim of maintaining the memory of the Polish Air Force in the West, some 2,400 of whom gave their lives 'For Your Freedom and Ours' during the Second World War. 

 

The Committee was set up by the Polish Air Force Association Charitable Trust. The new Committee was formed with the explicit agreement of the Commander in Chief of the Polish Air Force and of the Chief of the Air Staff for the Royal Air Force. The Committee is chaired by Mr Richard Kornicki and has sitting members from, and is supported by, both the Royal Air Force and Polish Embassy in the UK.

Find out more about our work here:

https://www.polishairforcememorialcommittee.org/

17,000 Polish airmen fought in Allied air forces in World War, making crucial contributions including to the Battle of Britain and the Normandy Invasion.

Memorials to the Polish Air Force exist in London and Warsaw, but there exists no dedicated memorial to the brave Polish airmen who took part in the Normandy Landings in France.


This campaign will see a dedicated memorial, specifically commissioned and designed to commemorate the achievements of the Polish Air Force in Normandy and the Battle of France installed in the Normandy village of Plumetot.  There, in August 1944, three Polish fighter squadrons of 131 (Polish) Wing, 302, 308, and 317 Sqns landed at airfield B10. This marked the return to the mainland Europe for the first time since 1940, fighting 'for your freedom and ours' until the end of the war.

You can make your contribution to their memory and ensure that their achievements are understood for future generations.

Any excess funds raised will be used by the committee to support the memory of Polish airmen at other sites.

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Budujemy pomnik ku czci Polskich Sił Powietrznych w Normandii, Francja. W sierpniu 1944 polscy lotnicy wylądowali w Plumetot by walczyć o wyzwolenie Europy spod jarzma niemieckiego okupanta. Polscy lotnicy walczyli za „naszą i waszą wolność”. Niech zawsze zostaną w naszej pamięci. Kampania na rzecz budowy pomnika rozpoczęła się. Możecie nam pomóc w urzeczywistnieniu projektu pomnika przekazując datki na naszej stronie @crowdfunder, śledząc ją na bieżąco, przekazując dalej i dyskutować na forach i portalach społecznościowych.Budujemy pomnik ku czci Polskich Sił Powietrznych w Normandii, Francja. W sierpniu 1944 polscy lotnicy wylądowali w Plumetot by walczyć o wyzwolenie Europy spod jarzma niemieckiego okupanta. Polscy lotnicy walczyli za „naszą i waszą wolność”. Niech zawsze zostaną w naszej pamięci. Kampania na rzecz budowy pomnika rozpoczęła się. Możecie nam pomóc w urzeczywistnieniu projektu pomnika przekazując datki na naszej stronie @crowdfunder, śledząc ją na bieżąco, przekazując dalej i dyskutować na forach i portalach społecznościowych.

Rewards

This project offers rewards in return for your donation.

£5 or more

Cadet Level Contributor

Your name permanently inscribed on a panel inside the Plumetot Town Hall as a contributor to the memorial.

£10 or more

Brevet Level Contributor

A dedicated Plumetot Memorial Contributor hard enamel pin badge, featuring the the distinctive Plumetot 'V' design and the Polish Air Force chequer. Show the world that you have contributed to the memorial with this unique badge and talking point. Includes previous tier.

£20 or more

Pilot Contributor

A copy of the 303 Squadron booklet by Louise Pemberton, daughter of Wing Commander Ronald Kellet, the first commander of 303 Squadron; signed by Mr Richard Kornicki chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee. Also includes all previous reward tiers.

£30 or more

Squadron Level Contributor

You will receive a copy of the especially written booklet on the Polish Air Force at Plumetot, written by Mr Richard Kornicki, Chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial committee and son of Colonel Franciszek Kornicki, commander of 317 Squadron. Includes previous reward tiers.

£500 or more

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VIP Guest - 9 June Launch Event

You are invited as a VIP Guest of Honour to the 9 June launch event in Plumetot. You will be seated in a VIP area alongside the other VIP Military and Civilian guests and attend the post launch ceremony in the Town Hall. Hotel and Transport costs are not included. Also includes all previous tiers.

£1,000 or more

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VIP Patron - 9 June Launch Event & Spitfire Access

After the launch event you will be transported to Carpiquet airport in Caen to sit in the cockpit of Spitfire BM597 of 317 Squadron which will provide the flypast the Launch Event. This Spitfire is original and fought in World War 2 in 317 Squadron. The perfect way to end the day will be getting your photo in its cockpit. Hotel and Transport costs are not included. Also includes all previous tiers.


Let's make 'A Polish Air Force Memorial in France' happen