…and Hurricane (Squadron 303)
No 303 Polish Fighter Squadron’s celebrated Battle of Britain exploits form the basis of another major forthcoming movie. Titled Hurricane
(Squadron 303), it is due out in 2019 but some details of its content appeared in Kaleidoscopic Film Distribution’s initial trailer, released earlier this year. Established in July 1940, 303 was one of Fighter Command’s 16 Polish squadrons. Its pilots were soon thereafter engaged in frontline action, meeting their Luftwaffe counterparts in summer 1940’s turbulent skies. Ultimately, 126 ‘kills’ were achieved, more than any other Battle of Britain Hurricane squadron’s tally. No 303 Squadron remained active throughout the war, disbanding on 11 December 1946.
Hurricane aims to tell, from Pilot Officer (later Commanding Officer) Jan Zumbach’s perspective, the squadron’s ‘untold true story’ of ‘the Polish fliers who found themselves fighting for the freedom of their own country in foreign skies’. Game of Thrones' actor Iwan Rheon plays Zumbach while Milo Gibson, son of actor Mel, takes the role of Flight Lieutenant Johnny Kent.
Hurricane XIIA P3700, wearing No 303 Polish Fighter Squadron markings, will feature in an forthcoming film that chronicles the legendary squadron’s WWII exploits