FYFO Shared History

FYFO Shared History OCN Level 2 accredited programme provides a general introduction to historical links between Poland and Northern Ireland with the main focus on the Polish Airmen and the role they played in the Battle of Britain and WWII.

Two of the Polish squadrons, No 315 ‘Dębliński’ and No 303 ‘Warsaw-Kościuszko’ squadrons, were stationed at RAF Ballyhalbert airfield, in the fighter defence role, from July until November 1943 and November 1943 until the end of April 1944, respectively. In addition, Polish Airmen served in conventional RAF squadrons that were based in Northern Ireland for varying periods of time; for example, No 245 Squadron, which was based at RAF Aldergrove from July 1940 until July 1941, in the fighter defence role.

Polish Airmen were renowned for their courage and high-spiritedness, utterly dedicated to the defeat of Nazi Germany. This was reflected in a number of ways, one being their determination to fly in all manner of conditions, including bad weather which other pilots would have considered quite unsuitable for flying, with an inevitable outcome on occasions. By the end of the war, the bodies of 15 Polish Airmen had been laid to rest in graves in various parts of Northern Ireland.

The topics include focus on the role of the Polish services in WWII; accounts of the experiences of Polish servicemen participating in the Battle of Britain; human stories of Polish Airmen who served and died in Northern Ireland; and the relations between Polish and Northern Irish communities after WWII until present time.


  • MODULE I – Preconception: Understanding the meaning of the shared history
  • MODULE II – Disclosure: Recognise Cultural Differences
  • MODULE III – Discovery: Understand why and how shared history contribute to positive relations
  • MODULE IV: Conclusion: Understand the importance of ensuring an inclusive approach to diversity
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The Cost of War, the Price of Freedom

The Cost of War, the Price of Freedom OCN Level 2 programme focus on the uprising of totalitarianism in Europe, the aftermath of the Holocaust and the impact of the peace process after Second World War on the geopolitical situation in Europe. Programme will be available from June 2017.
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