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|Active||2 August 1940 – 11 December 1946|
|Allegiance|| Polish government in exile
|Branch||Royal Air Force|
|Part of||RAF Fighter Command|
|Nickname(s)||"Rafałki", "Kosciuszko Squadron"|
|Anniversaries||1 September Squadron holiday|
|Battle honours||Battle of Britain 1940, Fortress Europe 1941-1944, France and Germany 1944-1945|
|R. G. Kellett
John A. Kent
|Squadron Codes||RF (Aug 1940 – Apr 1945)
PD (Apr 1945 – Dec 1946)
No. 303 Squadron RAF (Polish: 303 Dywizjon Myśliwski "Warszawski im. Tadeusza Kościuszki", often shortened to Dywizjon 303) was one of two Polish squadrons to fight during the Battle of Britain along with squadron 302, of 16 total Polish squadrons in the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War.
Flying Hawker Hurricanes, the squadron claimed the largest number of aircraft shot down of the 66 Allied fighter squadrons engaged in the Battle of Britain, even though it joined the fray two months after the battle had begun.
No. 303 Squadron RAF was formed in July 1940 in Blackpool, England before deployment to RAF Northolt on 2 August as part of an agreement between the Polish Government in Exile and the United Kingdom. It had a distinguished combat record and was disbanded in December 1946.
303 Squadron was the subject of the 2018 film Hurricane.
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