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    Hi guys.
    I want to discuss with you one qestion.
    This is about british awards for polish soldiers.
    In my opinion, polish soldier can get for service following british awards:
    1939/45 Star
    Atlantic Star
    Aircrew europe Star
    Africa Star
    Italy Star
    France and germany Star
    Defence Medal
    1939-45 War Medal
    What do you think, is it a full list of service awards?
    And what british awards for gallantry polish soldiers were awarded?
    I know you have seen many polish awards groups and this qestions will be not difficult for you.
    Best regards, Alex.

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    Hi Emerald,

    Welcome to the forum, what you must not forget are the bars awarded, say for example a person was awarded the Atlantic Star they would be entitled if qualified to either the Air Crew Europe Bar or the France and Germany Bar but couldnot be awarded both.

    With the Air Crew Europe Star, either the Atlantic or France and Germany Bar was awarded.

    Africa Star those with the requisite qualifications could gain one of the following bars:- 8th Army, 1st Army, or North Africa 1942-43.


    France and Germany Star, the only bar awarded with this star is "Atlantic"

    1939-1945 War Medal when mentioned in despatches a Bronze Oak Leaf emblem is applied to the ribbon.

    1939-1945 Star the only Bar awarded is "Battle of Britain".

    With regards to the British Gallantry awards awarded to Polish Soldiers:

    They were awarded the following Gallantry Awards:

    Distinguished Service Order: 58 were awarded.

    Distinguished Service Cross: 27 were awarded. (including Bars)

    Distinguished Flying Cross: 177 were awarded. (including Bars)

    Military Cross: 84 were awarded.

    The Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (Military Division)

    G.B.E: 1 award.

    K.B.E. 1 award.

    C.B.E. 30 awards.

    O.B.E. 94 awards.

    M.B.E. 110 awards.

    B.E.M. 19 awards

    Distinguised Conduct Medal: 8

    Military Medal: 70

    Distinguished Service Medal: 27

    Air Force Cross: 18

    Air Force Medal: 6

    Distinguished Flying Medal: 66

    Conspicuous Gallantry Medal (Flying): 1

    The Most Honourable Order of the Bath (Military Division)

    K.C.B. 4 awards

    C.B. 9 awards

    I hope that the above information answers your questions.

    Best wishes

    Andrzejku
    Last edited by andrzejku98; 05-23-2012 at 06:54 PM.

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    Hello Everyone,

    I thought that I would share the following photographs of Polish Recipients of British Awards during WW2.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    The first pilots from 303 Squadron awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross: Urbanowicz, Zumbach, Feric, Henneberg.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wing Commander Kazimierz Kuzian DFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Chorazy pil Franciszek Janik DFM

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Chorazy pil Kazimierz Artymiuk DFM

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Ppor pil Jozef Tyszko MC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Por.pil Karol Piotr Gebik DFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kapitan pil Julian Gebolys AFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Por.pil Boleslaw Gladych DFC (photograph from when flying with the USAAF)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Por pil Bronislaw Mach DFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Ppor. pil Brunon Semmerling MC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Ppor pil Michal Maciejowski & Ppor pil Stanislaw Brzeski after both had received the DFC from Air Commodore Hugh Saunders (later ACM Sir Hugh Saunders)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Ppor pil Michal Miroslaw Maciejowski with his DFC and case.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    This could possibly be St.Sierz. P792076 Romuald Malachowski 300 Sqdn but needs to be confirmed.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    September 1942 RAF Hemswell Polish Pilots prior to being awarded the DFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    After receiving the DFC

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Awarding the DFC to Por pil Franciszek Jozef Jakusz-Gastomski 300 Sqdn.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Officers awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross at RAF Hemswell September 1942

    1) Unknown Officer 300 Sqdn.

    2) Unknown Officer 300 Sqdn.

    3) Kpt.Naw. Witold Zurawski 300 Sqdn.

    4) Por.pil Franciszek Jozef Jakusz-Gastomski 300 Sqdn.

    5) Kpt. pil. Teofil Pozyczka 301 Sqdn.

    6) Por pil. Stanislaw Liszka 301 Sqdn.

    7) Por Franciszek Pantkowski 301 Sqdn.

    8) Por Jozef Wojcik 301 Sqdn.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    AVM Sholto Douglas awarding the DFC to Wing Commander Wojciech Kolaczkowski

    Thats all for today

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    What great photos. I notice that some are wearing RAF wings, mostly on the left, one on the right and the rest no RAF wings at all. I assume above the ribbons over the left pocket was the norm but was there any specific regulation?

    All the best

    James

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    Hello James,

    The qualification badges were worn high on the left breast near the lapel, under which a small chain was suspended by means of a hook and although the eagle itself seemed to be suspended by this chain. In reality it was fixed by means of a srew with nut at the back of the badge.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Hello Everyone,

    Some more photographs of members of the Polish Armed Forces awarded British Awards:

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Harold Alexander pinning the ribbon of the Distinguished Service Order to the tunic of General Rakowski

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Harold Alexander pinning the ribbon of the Distinguished Service Order to the tunic of Pulkownik Klemens Rudnicki

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    General Harold Alexander pinning the ribbon of the Order of the British Empire (awarded the C.B.E.) to the tunic of General Sulik

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    St. Sierz Henryk Bajko awarded the Distinguished Conduct Medal

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wing Commander Robert Beill C.B.E. D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wing Commander Stanislaw Poziomek D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Witold Urbanowicz D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Tadeusz Nowierski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Boleslaw Drobinski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Edward Jaworski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Edward Jaworski post 2000 with his Awards

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Boleslaw Korpowski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wladyslaw Hauptman D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Piotr Nowakowski D.F.M. (he received his D.F.M. after release from POW Camp)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Edward Kwolek D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Eugeniusz Horbaczewski D.F.C. also awarded the D.S.O.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Franciszek Jozef Jakusz-Gostomski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Franciszek Jozef Jakusz-Gostomski D.F.C. grave

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Adam Kropinski D.F.C. receiving the VM from General Sikorski

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Gregorz Sologub D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Rutkowski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jaroslaw Giejsztowt O.B.E. (Intelligence Officer 303 Sqdn.)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Marian Adukiewicz D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Wlodzimierz Klisz A.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Michal Gladych D.F.C.

    Look out for more to come

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Hello Everyone,

    Some more faces of recipients of British Awards which I hope you like,

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Michal Stanislaw Andruszko D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Michal Stanislaw Andruszko Awards

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jan Kalfus D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jan Pacholczyk D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Artymiuk D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Sztramko D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Henryk Pietrzak D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Mieczyslaw Ludwik Kaluza D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Bohdan Jozef Kwiecinski (pre war photo) C.B.E.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Marian Kucharski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stanislaw Mierniczek (pre war photo) D.F.C. D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Michal Cywnar D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stefan Janus D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Zygmunt Zbucki D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Aleksander Klemens Gabszewicz D.S.O. D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stanislaw Wandzilak (pre war photo) D.F.C. Service with the R.A.F. after the War brought him an O.B.E. & A.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Tadeusz Koc D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Florian Martini D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Franciszek Detka D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Zygmunt Wieliczko G.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Zygmunt Wieliczko G.M. grave at the Polish War Cemetery at Newark upon Trent in Nottinghamshire

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Janusz Jerzy Walawski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Julian Kowalski D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Mieczyslaw Adamek D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Mariusz Marcin Wodzicki D.F.C.

    Thats all for today more to follow

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Hello Everyone,

    Some more faces of Recipients of British Awards to the Polish Armed Forces during World War 2,

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Witold Kazimierz Winkler D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Witold Kazimierz Winkler Awards

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Leon Rodowicz-Rutowicz VM Legit awarded the M.M. whilst a Plut.Pchor. in 1942

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Aleksander Stefanowicz D.S.O.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Antoni Dolega-Cieszkowski D.S.O. (pre War photo)

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Marian Zajac D.F.M

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Marian Zajac Awards

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stefan Witrozenc D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Waclaw Giermer D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Waclaw Giermer Telegram congratulating him on the award of the D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jakub Bargielowski D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Wunsche D.F.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stefan Pawlikowski C.B.E.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Romuald Sulinski D.F.C. also D.S.O.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Romuald Sulinski D.S.O.D.F.C. grave at the Polish War Cemetery at Newark upon Trent in Nottinghamshire

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Eugeniusz Ebenrytter M.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Eugeniusz Ebenrytter M.C. group with British Stars etc

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Eugeniusz Ebenrytter M.C. rev. showing the award Date 1945

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Kazimierz Sporny D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Marian Pisarek D.F.C.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stefan Sznuk C.B.E.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Stanislaw Ujejski C.B.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jozef Fusniak B.E.M.

    British Awards for Polish Soldiers

    Jerzy Szymankiewicz D.F.C.

    That's all for today more to follow.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej

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    Happy first day of spring to all. It is a bright sunny day in the Arctic. Earlier in this thread, the Africa Star was mentioned as an award available to Polish soldiers. I recall reading that the Africa Star was not available to 2nd Tank Corp. Is my memory correct?
    Thanks all!

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    Quote by andrzejku98 View Post
    Hello James,

    The qualification badges were worn high on the left breast near the lapel, under which a small chain was suspended by means of a hook and although the eagle itself seemed to be suspended by this chain. In reality it was fixed by means of a srew with nut at the back of the badge.

    Best wishes

    Andrzej
    Hi Andrzej

    I was actually referring to what look like RAF wings rather than the Polish Air Force qualification badge.

    Jerzy Szymankiewicz D.F.C in the photo above is wearing what looks like RAF wings of his right pocket

    Thanks

    James

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