A question of honor: the Kosciuszko Squadron : forgotten heroes of World War II

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Pub. Date:
2003.
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1st ed.
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English
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A Question of Honor is the gripping, little-known, and brilliantly told story of the scores of Polish fighter pilots who helped save England during the Battle of Britain and of their stunning betrayal by the United States and England at the end of World War II. Centering on five pilots of the renowned Kosciuszko Squadron, the authors show how the fliers, driven by their passionate desire to liberate their homeland, came to be counted among the most heroic and successful fighter pilots of World War II. Drawing on the Kosciuszko Squadron's unofficial diary-filled with the fliers' personal experiences in combat-and on letters, interviews, memoirs, histories, and photographs, the authors bring the men and battles of the squadron vividly to life. We follow the principal characters from their training before the war, through their hair-raising escape from Poland to France and then, after the fall of France, to Britain. We see how, first treated with disdain by the RAF, the Polish pilots played a crucial role during the Battle of Britain, where their daredevil skill in engaging German Messerschmitts in close and deadly combat while protecting the planes in their own groups soon made them legendary. And we learn what happened to them after the war, when their country was abandoned and handed over to the Soviet Union. A Question of Honor also gives us a revelatory history of Poland during World War II and of the many thousands in the Polish armed forces who fought with the Allies. It tells of the country's unending struggle against both Hitler and Stalin, its long battle for independence, and the tragic collapse of that dream in the "peace" that followed. Powerful, moving, deeply involving, A Question of Honor is an important addition to the literature of World War II.
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subject_facet Air pilots, Military -- Poland -- History -- 20th century, Great Britain. -- Royal Air Force. -- Squadron (Polish), 303rd -- History, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, British, World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations, Polish, World War, 1939-1945 -- Forced repatriation, World War, 1939-1945 -- Regimental histories -- Great Britain
title_display A question of honor : the Kosciuszko Squadron : forgotten heroes of World War II
title_full A question of honor : the Kosciuszko Squadron : forgotten heroes of World War II / Lynne Olson & Stanley Cloud
title_short A question of honor :
title_sub the Kosciuszko Squadron : forgotten heroes of World War II
topic_facet Aerial operations, British, Aerial operations, Polish, Air pilots, Military, Forced repatriation, History, Regimental histories, World War, 1939-1945