A Question of Honor by Lynne Olson
The Kosciuszko Squadron: Forgotten Heroes of World War II

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A Question of Honor is the gripping, little-known story of the refugee Polish pilots who joined the RAF and played an essential role in saving Britain from the Nazis, only to be betrayed by the Allies after the war.

After Poland fell to the Nazis, thousands of Polish pilots, soldiers, and sailors escaped to England. Devoted to liberating their homeland, some would form the RAF’s 303 squadron, known as the Kosciuszko Squadron, after the elite unit in which many had flown back home. Their thrilling exploits and fearless flying made them celebrities in Britain, where they were “adopted” by socialites and seduced by countless women, even as they yearned for news from home. During the Battle of Britain, they downed more German aircraft than any other squadron, but in a stunning twist at the war’s end, the Allies rewarded their valor by abandoning Poland to Joseph Stalin. This moving, fascinating book uncovers a crucial forgotten chapter in World War II–and Polish–history.


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About Lynne Olson

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Lynne Olson is the author of Citizens of London: The Americans Who Stood with Britain in its Darkest, Finest Hour; Troublesome Young Men: The Rebels Who Brought Churchill to Power and Helped Save England; and Freedom's Daughters: The Unsung Heroines of the Civil Rights Movement from 1830 to 1970, and co-author of two other books. She lives with her husband in Washington, D.C.
 
Published December 18, 2007 by Vintage. 512 pages
Genres: History, Travel, War. Non-fiction

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Founded after WWI by American adventurers who had “come to Poland to volunteer in a nasty little war that the newly independent Poles were having with newly created Soviet Russia,” the Kosciuszko Squadron transferred the Polish military’s renowned cavalry skills into the arena of the air.

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The first all-Polish squadron in the Royal Air Force, the Kosciuszko Squadron was formed from experienced Polish Air Force pilots who had fled their fallen country by way of Romania and France to England.

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But the degree of power that Stalin seemed to wield over Churchill was undeniable: For fear of offending Stalin, who detested Polish nationalism, the British excluded their Polish allies from the victory parade.

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Of all the nations that participated in the Alliance against Nazi Germany, only one was not allowed to participate in the victory parade in Britain after the war.

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