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New Battle of Britain Movie - "Hurricane" about the Polish 303 Squadron - You Tube

September 12 2017 at 2:08 PM
Mike Dobrzelecki  (Login PolMikeD)
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Here's a short You Tube video on the making of the movie:

On the storyboards featured in this short segment, there's a couple references to "Cobra".

"Cobra" was the nickname acquired by Witold Urbanowicz from his cadets at the Polish Flight Training School at Dęblin, where he had been exiled as an instructor after creating a diplomatic incident by shooting down a Soviet R5 Recon aircraft in August 1936, while flying a 111 Kosciuszko Eskadra PZL P.11a.

Witold was one of those pilots whose eyesight was much superior to that possessed by the average pilot, and, combined with his prodigious flying skills and instinctive air combat tactical abilities, made him the formidable fighter pilot that he was, much to the chagrin of his student pilots. It was rumored that one of Dęblin's PZL P.7a trainers had his Cobra painted on it, though no photos have ever surfaced proving the rumor.

As most of you know, Urbanowicz was the co-commander of the 303 Kosciuszko Squadron during the Battle of Britain, and was the top-scoring Polish ace of the air battle, so it's fitting that he would figure prominently in the movie. I'm really looking forward to this one, which, hopefully, can capitalize on the success of the "Dunkirk" movie.

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Witold Urbanowicz and me June 1990 at the Intrepid Sea-Air-Space Museum, holding his wartime portrait. On the ground at lower right is his "Blood Chit" he wore while flying P-40s on attached service with the 75th Fighter Squadron in China in late 1943.

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This message has been edited by PolMikeD from IP address on Sep 12, 2017 2:13 PM

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