→Accuracy of Events
==Accuracy of Events==
The film has a general accuracy on the wider events of 303 squadron, but many
details lack accuracy. For instance, Jan was showing as stealing a German plane to arrive in England in 1940. In reality, he escaped France by boat, like many other Poles as they evacuated from the advancing Germans. Gabriel Horodyszcz, one of the characters, is fictional, who is shown as a pilot who is reluctant to shoot the enemy. He, instead, wants to pray for his enemies and is shown as devout Catholic where he sets up a shrine for the pilots. Also, 303 squadron is shown as coming up with the idea of putting cameras in the cockpits of aircraft, but that was not their innovation. František is shown as having crashed in Dover, on the famous white cliffs, but in reality, his plane crashed in Surrey, well away from Dover. Zumbach also never watched the victory parade in England after the war, as he went to Switzerland after his release as a prisoner.
However, many other
issues were accurate. The Polish fighters did not only have to deal with discrimination but also language barriers and having to deal with the English measuring system rather than the metric system they were used to. For instance, it was important for the fighters to convert liters to gallons to gauge fuel. They also had to adapt to using landing gears that were retractable, where the Polish aircraft did not have this feature. The movie does not mention what the 303 squadron did after the Battle of Britain, where the squadron actively participated in the Western European theater for the remainder of the war. There were many changes to the squadron throughout its history, although its service in the Battle of Britain might have been its most famous.