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RAF Baginton’s Polish Wartime Airmen Remembered

Warwickshire based Polish airmen who lost their lives while serving with the RAF during the Second World War have been remembered.

Nuneaton Based Air Cadets, Holly Odam and Mathew Waudby show their respect for the Polish airmen who lost their lives while serving with the RAF during the Second World War as they lay their Squadrons wreath on one of the Polish graves

On Sunday 3rd November, members of the Polish community were joined by representatives of local Ex-service Associations and the Royal Air Force Air Cadet band from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron who led the procession for a Remembrance Service at the St John the Baptist Cemetery, Baginton near Coventry Airport. The Service was held to remember the valour of the Polish Airman who lost their lives whilst serving with the RAF in the area during the Second World War.

The Royal Air Force Air Cadet band from 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron led the procession to the St John the Baptist Cemetery

The service was conducted by the Rev Romuald Szczodrowsdki, leader of the area's Polish Catholic Community who is based in Spingfield Road, Coventry

During the service Polish veterans and their families, members of other ex-service associations and the Air Cadets from 121 (Nuneaton) and 84 (Coventry Airport) Squadrons stood side by side in silent vigil at the graves of the Polish Airman as the standards were dipped in salute of those who gave their lives in the service of their country and the defence of Britain.

There are nine graves of Polish airman at Baginton. They were serving with 308 (Krakow) Squadron, which flew both Spitfires and Hurricanes from RAF Baginton, now Coventry Airport . There are also many more of their fellow countrymen buried in Nuneaton's, Oaston Road Cemetery , who lost their lives whilst serving at RAF Bramcote and RAF Nuneaton which were training bases for Polish bomber Squadrons.

Ex-service and Air Cadet Standards stand vigil at the graves of the fallen Polish airmen

Flight Lieutenant Paul Hincks, Officer Commanding 121 (Nuneaton) Squadron said, “We are always delighted to be able to attend the Polish Ex-Combatants Association Remembrance Service. It's so important that we don't forget the ultimate sacrifice made by so many fallen Polish airmen who served with the RAF at local airfields during the war”.

He added, “The link between Nuneaton based Air Cadets and Polish airmen goes back to 1942 when our cadets regularly visited RAF Bramcote and RAF Nuneaton. In fact this year we managed to resurrect the Battle of Britain Day service in Nuneaton to remember the many Polish, German and Commonwealth servicemen who are buried in the Oaston Road Cemetery”.

“I am delighted to say that following the support we received for the service in September we are now hoping to make the Nuneaton Battle of Britain Day parade an annual event and have provisionally set the date for the 2014 service at the Oaston Road Cemetery as Sunday 14 th September. I hope we will be able to count on the continued support of the ex-service and Polish community for this event.”

Standards dipped in salute of those who gave their lives in the service of their country and the defence of Britain.

More photographs from the 2013 Polish Ex-Combatants Association Remembrance Service


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