the Poles of 303 squadron
Not just 303 Squadron either, all the Polish airmen. People sometimes forget that there were Poles in other RAF squadrons. There is no question about their contribution and the innovative tactics they introduced. That is not in question at all. However to suggest that 'British pilots sucked', as Dirk did, is pure ignorance and vast oversimplification.
The RAF were superb aviators. If they had 'sucked' they would have been unable to use the techniques introduced by the Poles. It's a question of tactics, not skill. This is well worth reading, from the RAF, also has a section on 303 Squadron and other Polish fliers:
The Imperial War Museum also has an excellent article with some great photos:
As I said yesterday, it cannot however be dismissed that the Polish pilots were in a different league to many of the young, newly trained pilots in the RAF who had never been in combat and whose average age was only 20. According to the Imperial War Museum,
"A total of 145 experienced and battle-hardened Polish airmen fought in the Battle of Britain - 79 airmen in various RAF squadrons, 32 in No. 302 (Polish) Fighter Squadron and 34 in No. 303 (Polish) Fighter Squadron."
Here's another lovely piece focusing on seven of the Battle of Britain pilots including Polish airman Witold Urbanowicz. But take a look at the face of British pilot Brian Lane, only 23 and see the lines of stress already etched into his face.
Turning for a moment to the First World War, if anybody doesn't already know about it please consider visiting here, the Royal British Legion:
They have almost reached the target, just over 23,000 left to be remembered. Wouldn't it be wonderful to reach the target before Armistice Day?