Battle of Britain Bunker: Fundraising Talks

Those of you who have read my previous blogs will know I was bowled over by a visit to the Battle of Britain underground bunker at RAF Uxbridge some months back. And equally impressed at nearby RAF Northolt by a sector command building (one of a number about the country to which the central bunker operation issued instructions during the War) and a line hut (so-called because the pilots waited there, ready to hop into their planes that were lined up on the adjacent airfield).

New photos from my visit to RAF Northolt.  Building 27 is the sector command building.

New photos from my visit to RAF Northolt. Building 27 is the sector command building.

The buildings at both airfields require refurbishment at considerable cost. The joke was, as I can hardly hold a saw let alone turn a lathe, was their something else I could do to help raise money? Organise a series of talks, maybe, in aid of the refurbishment project? I was a pushing on an open door, for no sooner had I suggested it, than a Wing Commander and Squadron Leader at RAF Northolt declared their support for the initiative. Then the Curator of the Battle of Britain Bunker kindly took charge and – hey presto! – there’s now less than 1 month to go before the first in a series of 4 evenings of talks, all with a Polish and/or WW2 theme, being held to raise money for this excellent cause.

Fantastic models made, I think, by a Polish WW2 pilot.  But look at the paucity of the Polish air force on the eve of WW2.

Fantastic models made, I think, by a Polish WW2 pilot. But look at the limited range of the Polish air force on the eve of the War.

The first, on 10 October, will be a double header: at 6-30pm, I’ll talk about Polska Dotty – in particular the publishing and creative challenges I faced in producing the book. Afterwards I’ll be signing copies (I hope as many as possible as a donation from each sale will go to the refurbishment project). And then, at 8pm, Richard Kornicki will talk about his father – Sqn Ldr Franciszek Kornicki – who flew in the Battle of Britain and later became the youngest squadron commander in the Polish air force.

The Poles built themselves a chapel at RAF Northolt during the War.  Note the Polish squadron nos. emblazoned on the beautiful stained glass window.

The Poles built themselves a chapel at RAF Northolt during the War. Note the Polish squadron nos. on the beautiful stained glass window.

The talks will all take place at the Winston Churchill Hall, Pinn Way, Ruislip, Middlesex, HA4 7QL.

Further details about the first, double header evening, can be found here:

http://www.compasstheatre.co.uk/index.php/events/raf-bunker-talk-1/

Please come along, and spread the word about all 4 evenings of talks!
(10, 21, 25 & 31 October)

Note the Polish flag and mascot on the side of this Spitfire.

The Polish flag and mascot can be seen on the side of this Spitfire.

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