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Special service for Polish fighters

PUBLISHED: 08:31 02 September 2002 | UPDATED: 12:34 03 March 2010

SOLDIERS at Wattisham Airfield hosted a special commemorative service for their former comrades who lost their lives during World War Two.

The service, held on Saturday, was attended by the 633 Squadron, of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to remember their Polish origins.

SOLDIERS at Wattisham Airfield hosted a special commemorative service for their former comrades who lost their lives during World War Two.

The service, held on Saturday, was attended by the 633 Squadron, of 3 Regiment Army Air Corps, to remember their Polish origins.

The original 633 Polish Air Observation Post Squadron was formed on May 31, 1944 in Italy after a large number of Poles expressed their wish to fight alongside the Allies in World War Two. During the war, the squadron operated the Auster light aircraft in the artillery-spotting role.

After disbanding after the war, it was reformed in 1948 as a volunteer squadron until 1958. It became part of its current regiment in 1969.

Major Gerry Osborne, officer commanding of 633 Squadron, said: "We're delighted to be hosting members of the Polish community to remember those who died whilst serving with the squadron during the Second World War.

"We are the only squadron in the Army Air Corps to have been part of a foreign force and are keen to maintain this link with the past."

Recently, the squadron has seen service in Bosnia, Kenya, Canada and Oman.

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