Lectern at Ballyhalbert War Memorial Commemorates WWII Polish Airmen

Tuesday 30th March 2021

Ards and North Down Borough Council has installed a lectern near the Ballyhalbert War Memorial to commemorate the Polish airmen and others who gave their lives for our freedom during World War II.

Mayor Trevor Cummings at Ballyhalbert Lectern

Part-funded by The Executive Office, the Council’s Good Relations team worked closely with the North Down Museum to produce the informative lectern that details the history of Ballyhalbert Airfield and the vitally important role that Polish servicemen played during the war.

The Mayor of Ards and North Down, Councillor Trevor Cummings, said:

“Many Polish servicemen provided support during World War II and two Polish squadrons spent time at RAF Ballyhalbert, one of which was the most successful squadron in the Battle of Britain. The lectern will give everyone who visits an opportunity to pause for a moment, reflect, and remember all of the brave men and women who gave so much during the War.”

Ballyhalbert Airfield originally opened as an RAF Fighter Command base in 1941 and catered for various aircraft. It had three runways, two Bellman hangars and 12 Blister hangars. It later became a Royal Naval Air Station before being decommissioned in November, 1945.