Hurricane (Squadron 303) is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the ...
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Hurricane (Squadron 303) is the story of a group of brave Poles who fought in the skies over England in WW2, not just to keep Great Britain free from the Nazis, but also to keep alive the very idea of their own country, which had existed in its modern form for barely twenty years before it was crushed between the opposing jaws of Germany and Russia. Equipped with the almost-obsolete Hurricane and (with some initial reluctance) given RAF blue uniforms, while they fought, Poland lived.
Filming at the battle of Britain bunker October 2017. A couple of miles from the Polish war memorial at RAF Northolt. See more »
The squadron's first victory, while still in training, is a Dornier Kondor bomber (identifible by its twin motor and round cockpit with is front machine gun post). While it was first identified as such, it was later known it was a Messerschmitt Bf 110 when the remains of the plane were excavated in the 1980's. See more »
As I have spent most of my adult life living around the Northolt area I am very aware of the debt my country owed to the brave few who protected Britain from the Luftwaffe in the summer of 1940.
Northolt base was the home to 303 Polish squadron this film is an almost fitting tribute to those courageous men.
Unfortunately, although a well intended film, I think it could have been so much better if given a bigger budget, This really looks like a low budget made for TV movie.
If the makers had given a little more care and attention to the story line which was a a bit 2 dimensional as it depicts The British pilots as arrogant toffs that hated the Pols and the Pols as melancholy aggressive drunks.
This was mostly false as the fatigued British pilots and officers were aware that they needed all the help they could get.
My grandfather told me that the Polish pilots were always polite and good humoured when dealing with the locals and other members of the armed forces in the area. This is represented in a small scene , but nowhere else.
Most of the performances are good and save a rather bland script that could have done with a little more spit and polish.
This could also be said for the special effects used to recreate the aerial battle sequences. The CGI went from OK to bloody awful video game graphics.
But I could over look this as despite the films flaws as it is a fascinating true story and well worth a watch.
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