303 SQUADRON

STRAY DOGS FILMS - as PROD

Drama - Pre-Production 2014

BLITZED. BETRAYED. AND FAR FROM HOME.
IT'S TIME FOR A FEW BRAVE MEN TO MAKE ONE LAST STAND

    • Year of production
    • 2014
    • Genres
    • Drama
    • Countries
    • UNITED KINGDOM, POLAND
    • Languages
    • ENGLISH, POLISH
    • Synopsis
    • Even today, few realise that the most successful group of pilots in the Battle of Britain weren’t even British. 303 Squadron tells the story of the Polish fliers who found themselves fighting for the freedom of their own country in foreign skies. Seen through the eyes of Jan Zumbach, fighter ace and adventurer, it tells how the Poles, driven across Europe by the German war machine, finally made their last stand. Flying Hurricanes for the RAF over Britain, they became a key component in the legend of ‘The Few’. Up against the might of the Luftwaffe they hoped that, by saving Great Britain from Nazi invasion, they were keeping the dream of a free Poland alive. In the lethal melee above England in that summer of 1940, they fought with a tenacity and skill that earned them the admiration of the whole British nation. The dogfights against superior planes cost some of the men their lives. The constant strain of gladiatorial combat took away the sanity of others. But, as Zumbach discovers as the war stutters to a close, becoming the best in the RAF is a hollow victory for the Poles. 303 Squadron shows how, even in a man’s finest hour, cynical political manoeuvrings can destroy his hopes, strip away his dignity and lead him to a very dark place indeed. At once epic and intimate, 303 Squadron is the story of what turns men like Zumbach into heroes and the terrible price that so often comes with it.
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