For Your Freedom and Ours: The Polish Airforce during WW2

A talk by Richard Kornicki, CBE DL
Chairman, Polish Air Force Memorial Committee

An illustrated talk including archive material from the presenter’s father, Franciszek Kornicki, former commander of 308 and 317 Polish Squadrons who was once based at RAF Woodvale during WW2.

This links into the current ‘Polish Heritage Flight’ exhibition which has some of Franciszek’s personal possessions on display.

The talk starts at 7pm but the exhibition will remain open until the talk begins if anybody would like to come along to take a look.

Free to member/£5 to non-members.

About Richard:

A former Senior Civil Servant in the Home Office, Richard Kornicki served as a Ministerial Private Secretary and at various times had responsibilities for civil emergencies, policing, counter-terrorism and setting up the Serious Organised Crime Agency. He also served on secondment in the Department of Health and the Cabinet Office.

He has lived in the Borough of Ealing for many years and takes a particular interest in the work of the voluntary sector and of cadets.

He is Chairman of the Polish Air Force Memorial Committee and works closely with senior levels in the RAF and the Polish Air Force.

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 to maintain key functions after the Trust was wound up. The new Committee was formed with the explicit agreement of the Commander in Chief of the Polish Air Force, Lt Gen Lech Majewski and of the Chief of the Air Staff for the Royal Air Force Sir Stephen Dalton. It remains to this day the direct formal successor of the Polish Air Force active in Britain during WWII, and the organisations which represented it here after the war.

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Ancient Worlds Talks

The Ancient Worlds evening talks take place on the first Wednesday of every month and are a brilliant way to delve deeper into our exhibitions programme. The talks are delivered by a wide range experts and offer insight into their field.

Evening talks are for members of The Atkinson Development Trust, however non-members are welcome for a fee of £5 (please pay cash on the door). Children under 16 go free (must be accompanied by and adult). Students go free (must show their student card).

See the full talks programme here.

The Atkinson Development Trust

The Atkinson Development Trust is a charity (no: 1161020) whose vision is to develop The Atkinson as a centre for communities to enjoy art and learn together.

There are many ways you can support, including becoming a member, sponsoring a seat and donating.

The support that we receive from a wide range of donations and grants plays a vital role in enabling The Atkinson to enhance our visitors experience and tell the story of Sefton.


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