Talk: ‘The Polish Air Force in the Second World War’

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.




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.

Richard (in the Spitfire) with his Father Franciszek Kornicki (who he will be talking about on the 10 February, 1pm)



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