These airman were one of the first groups to be evacuated from Poland. They served heroically in May-June 1940 in the defense of France. In Great Britain, Polish airmen were initially formed into two bomber squadrons (300 and 301) and two fighter squadrons (302 and 303). Over 80 Polish airmen also served into Royal Air Force (British) units. In total, during the war the Polish Air Force counted 16 divisions which fought over Europe and North Africa.