• Short Summary

    Battle Colours are presented to the first Polish squadron of the Royal Air Force.

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    Item title reads - Battle Colours for Polish airmen.

    Location unknown, somewhere in Britain.

    The camera pans across the first Polish squadron of the R.A.F. (Royal Air Force) a year after they were formed. Polish Prime Minister General Sikorski and Air Marshal Sir Charles Portal walk past them saluting. M/S as Sikorski greets an injured airman who is on a bed in the parade ground with his colleagues. M/S of Polish crest. Various shots as the Colours are handed over. Women take photographs of the bomber squadron. They march off with it.

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    Film ID:
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    Pathe newsreels
    British Pathé
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    Available on request
    Black & White
    Time in/Out:
    01:39:31:00 / 01:40:31:00

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  1. Unknown user says

    We have received an email from someone who has provided some very helpful information on this clip.

    This is the presentation of the colours which took place the 16th of July 1941 at RAF Swinderby near Newark. Those Present included President Wladyslaw Raczkiewicz, Prime Minister General Sikorski, and air chief marshal Charles Portal, representatives of all Polish squadrons both fighter and bomber.

    The soldier on the stretcher is sgt Zygmunt Poplawski who was decorated the Polish Virtuti Military Cross and became an officer during the same ceremony. Zygmunt Poplawski was a co/pilot of 301 Squadron and was wounded 22/23rd June while returning from Bremmen.

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