…and Hur­ri­cane (Squadron 303)

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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

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