• Faithful to my Homeland, the Republic of Poland



  • 27 September 2018

    On September 26, as part of Poland’s centennial anniversary of regaining independence, the Polish Defense Attaché Office in Washington together with the Embassy of the Republic of Poland organized an exhibit in the U.S Senate building on the “Tadeusz Kosciuszko” 7th Air Escadrille.

    “Pilots from many countries and nations took part in the Battle of Britain in 1940. But the Poles were the best of the best,” said Lynne Olson, co-author of A Question of Honor: The Kosciuszko Squadron, at the official opening of the exhibit.


    Guests to the event were greeted by Major General Cezary Wiśniewski, Polish Defense Attaché in Washington, and Deputy Chief of Mission Paweł Kotowski. The evening’s special guests included Lynne Olson and Stanley Cloud, who in their remarks emphasized Poland’s tremendous contribution to the Allied victory in World War II, in which the Polish Kosciuszko Squadron, “the best squadron fighting in the Battle of Britain,” played a significant role.


    The event included performances by the Polish Air Force Band.


    The evening’s distinguished guests included members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives, Department of Defense, Department of State and the diplomatic corps in Washington.


    The exhibit will be on display in the Capitol Rotunda from November 12 to 16.


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    The “Tadeusz Kosciuszko” 7th Air Escadrille (the “Kosciuszko Squadron”) was a fighter plane unit of the Polish armed forces from 1918 to 1925, taking part in the Polish-Ukrainian War and the Polish-Bolshevik War and largely comprised of American volunteers. Previously it was the 3rd Air Escadrille and the 7th Air Escadrille.


    Emblem of the “Tadeusz Kosciuszko” 7th Air Escadrille


    In August of 1920 the squadron received orders to stop the advance of Budyonny’s Red Army forces. To this end the pilots carried out numerous missions, attacking cavalry, hurting morale and inflicting significant damage. In May of 1921 the 7th Air Escadrille joined the 3rd Air Division of the 1st Air Regiment based in Warsaw. In 1925 it was reorganized as the 111th Fighter Escadrille. Its successors included the pilots of the 303 “Kosciuszko” Fighter Squadron, which fought valiantly in the Battle of Britain.


    Until 2000 the legacy of the 7th Escadrille was continued by the “Warszawa” 1st Air Regiment, and following its reorganization by the 23rd Tactical Air Base in Mińsk Mazowiecki.



    Embassy of the Republic of Poland in Washington, DC


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