RAF Cardington Camp

The Polish Balloon Unit

polish  emblem

It is known that during the 2nd World War a Polish Unit was present at RAF Cardington although sadly I have been unable to find any photographs of any of the men who served there. What is universally known is that many of the Polish armed forces managed to escape from their country when the Germans invaded Poland in 1939 and several eventually arrived in the UK and either were absorbed in British forces or regrouped and trained to form their own units in other parts of Britain.

In his book “Cardington – A pillar in the development of the post war Royal Netherlands Air Force “ Dutch author Pieter J Huijskens describes the time he spent at RAF Cardington where he was sent for basic training after the Dutch Air Force had to abandon Holland following the German invasion in 1940. In one chapter he describes an inter-allied football competition held on the camp between the various units representing their countries – he notes that there were English, Irish, Welsh, Scottish, Dutch, Czech teams and also a Polish team. Lists found on the internet of all the Units based at Cardington also make mention of a Polish Balloon Unit at Cardington from March 1945 to April 1946 although it is known that Polish men were on the camp as early as 1940. I have also been told recently that a few of these men chose to settle in Bedford after the war. If you can help in this research please make contact as very little is known about this particular group. Many thanks.

HISTORY RESEARCH - RAF CARDINGTON

BADANIA NAUKOWE – RAF CARDINGTON BEDFORD

Wiadomo, że podczas II wojny światowej członkowie polskiego oddziału balonowego przybyli do Anglii, gdzie w Bedford, przeorganizowali się w RAF Cardington, aby pod koniec wojny, w końcu utworzyć własny oddział.
Czy Państwo znacie może te osoby? Czy możecie pomóc nam zdobyć informacje o ich pobycie w Cardington? Gdybyście wiedzieli skąd zdobyć jakiekolwiek informacje na ten temat prosimy o kontakt.
Wiecej informacji oraz dane kontaktowe można znaleźć pod adresem jane@rafcardingtoncamp.co.uk
Dziękujemy.

If you know anyone who served in this unit please get in touch.