"Their story was kept suppressed for a long time..." - hmv.com talks to Milo Gibson & David Blair about new WWII film Hurricane
A new film from director David Blair tells the little-known story about a group of Polish pilots who proved crucial to victory in the Battle of Britain. Arriving on DVD shelves on Monday (October 22nd), Hurricane stars Milo Gibson, Iwan Rheon and Stefanie Martini, and details the story of No. 303 Polish Fighter Squadron, one of 16 Polish squadrons recruited to serve in the Royal Air Force during the WWII.
Equipped with Hawker Hurricane fighters, 303 Squadron proved to be one the most effective in the RAF during the crucial airborne battles over British skies in 1940, becoming the highest scoring of the Hurricane squadrons in terms of enemy aircraft destroyed, as well as boasting the lowest number of losses.
Despite this, the group's heroics have remained largely unheralded and, according to some sources, the squadron members were not invited to the 1946 Victory March in London because the British government was concerned about upsetting the Soviet leader Joseph Stalin. However, the pilots are now beginning to receive the recognition they deserve and Blair's film aims to bring their story to a wider audience.
With film arriving in cinemas this weekend we sat down with Milo Gibson and director David Gibson to talk about the squadron's legacy and the challenges in bringing their story to the big screen.
Watch our interview with Milo and David below...