Spitfire Project P8331 “Sumatra” 303 Squadron RF-M

Welcome to the Spitfire P8331 Sumatra Project dedicated to the memory of Wing Commander Piotr Łaguna and the 303 Squadron Spitfire that he flew and was lost on 27th June 1941 over Coquelles, France

Many of us are aware of the heroic deeds and legendary flying skills of the Polish pilots of 303 'Tadeusz Kosciuszko' Squadron during the Second World War.

This particular project focuses in on one specific pilot, Wing Commander Piotr Łaguna (pronounced Pyotr Wagoona), Commanding Officer of 1 Polish Fighter Wing. His story would be a familiar tale similar to most of the men who endured those terrible years. Piotr was a significant and important man being the Commanding Officer of 1 PFW.

Piotr Łaguna

Piotr was already a senior officer with much experience, leading his crews prior to the invasion of Poland in 1939. After the fall of Poland he, with his other senior colleagues, led the men onto France and ultimately to Britain. Our aim is to tell Piotr’s story as a tribute to those men. We achieve this through a living history platform that includes his recovered Rolls Royce Merlin XII Engine and Propellers as well as a full scale cockpit replica of his aircraft to educate both young and old of the commitment, bravery and honour of these magnificent “Few”.

Through our fund raising activities we are planning to procure a full sized complete replica of Piotr’s MKIIb Spitfire P8331 Sumatra. This we hope will enable a full hands on experience to support public events and historic events whilst further supporting the Anglo/Polish communities through awareness aiding integration and understanding of our common bonds.

Spitfire Project P8331 in 303 Squadron Markings RF-M

Picture courtesy of Robert Grudzie, as published in 'Polish Aces of WW2 by Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak'

Picture courtesy of Robert Grudzien (illustrator), as published in "Polish Aces of WW2" by Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak

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