INTRODUCTION: The Polish Foreign Minister, Josef Czyrek has been in London for two days of talks with British ministers, including the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher.
GV & CU Polish war memorial at Northolt. (2 SHOTS)
CU Plaque commemorating 302 Polish fighter squadron.
GV PAN Polish Foreign Minister Josef Czyrek, accompanied by officials, places wreath on memorial, and salutes.
CUs Memorial. (2 SHOTS)
SV PULL BACK GV Czyrek saluting with military officers and walking away. (2 SHOTS)
SV Sign pointing to Polish War Cemetery.
GV Polish cemetery at Newark, Nottinghamshire.
SV & CU Polish headstones. (3 SHOTS)
CU Headstone on General Sikorski's grave.
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Background: INTRODUCTION: The Polish Foreign Minister, Josef Czyrek has been in London for two days of talks with British ministers, including the Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher. The visit was at the invitation of Foreign Secretary, Lord Carrington, who earlier warned of the dangers of Soviet intervention in Poland. Before the meetings, both sides apparently conceded that the talks would be meaningless, unless there was a frank exchange on the latest developments in Poland.
SYNOPSIS: On his arrival in London, Mr. Czyrek first visited the Polish war memorial at Northolt. During the second World War, the Polish Air Force in Britain lost almost two-thousand men, but destroyed 754 enemy planes. Polish aircrews fought in the Battle of Britain, flew in support of the Polish Home Army in Warsaw, and aided Marshal Tito's Yugoslav forces. Their squadrons were also credited with the sinking of nine German submarines and were involved in bombing missions over Occupied Europe. Accompanied by officials, Mr. Czyrek laid a wreath at the Air Force Memorial, in remembrance of those who died in service, between 1940 and 1945.
The Polish Foreign Minister's visit has aroused speculation that Britain will announce its decision on the request for the return of the remains of Poland's Second World War leader, General Wladyslaw Sikorski. General Sikorski was killed in an air crash off Gibraltar in 1943 and buried in the Polish War Cemetery at Newark in Nottinghamshire.
The Prime Minister in exile's name was vilified in Poland after the war, but he has gradually returned to favour. Now the Government wants his remains returned for the anniversary of his death on the fourth of next month (July). There is opposition to the move though, with leaders of the 'Anti-Communist Polish Exiles' in Britain constantly arguing the General's remains should stay in Britain.
Elaborate preparations have been made fore the proposed reinterment, with a special service at the Wawel Cathedral in Cracow. It's understood an Air Force plane is on standby to collect the remains and fly them back to Poland.