Bloody Foreigners (2010): S01E02 – The Untold Battle of Britain


Introduction

Bloody Foreigners is a four-part series of drama-documentaries highlighting the role played by foreigners at iconic moments and crucial turning points in British history.

Outline

This dramatised documentary recounts how, during the most decisive phase of the Battle of the Britain, a single squadron of 34 Polish fighter pilots wreaked havoc on the Luftwaffe, overturning RAF prejudices and helping change the course of history.

From their bitter struggle for acceptance when they first arrived in this country, to the crucial part they played in averting the German invasion, and their ultimate betrayal by the Allies, the unknown story of 303 Squadron is one of most extraordinary episodes of WWII.

Based on a diary kept by the pilots of the squadron, it is a story of increasing frustration on the part of the Poles who had already fought the Luftwaffe and now found themselves having to learn English and the RAF way of doing things. Meanwhile, as the Battle of Britain got underway, inexperienced British pilots were paying a heavy cost.

Belatedly, the Poles were cleared for active service and had an immediate impact. In their first week they shot down 40 enemy aircraft making them the highest scoring RAF squadron. By the time the Battle of Britain was won, they had claimed 126 enemy planes. But as the war ended, their joy turned to despair as they saw their own country handed to Stalin.

Bloody Foreigners Series

You can find a full index and overview of Bloody Foreigners here.

Production & Filming Details

  • Release Date: 29 June 2010.
  • Running Time: 60 minutes (per episode).
  • Rating: Unknown.
  • Country: UK.
  • Language: English.

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