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    An Historic grouping, which is well above standard museum grade.

    Considering the "few" Poles whose effort way exceeded their numbers in the Battle of Britain, makes this personal grouping something of outstanding quality in depth !

    Gary J.

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    Hey guys

    I'm the daughter of the Polish Fighter Pilot whose effects I auctioned recently. I can vouch for the validity of all that was auctioned, as genuine (as far I know for 50 years).

    Anyone got any questions I can help answer about my father's historic efforts and secrets?

    Happy to contribute info.

    Luv J

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    Hello J,
    Nice to see you on the forum

    There's a couple of PAF (Polish Air force) specialists here, I'm sure if they have any questions, they will post you or the forum.

    Please keep viewing in the meantime !

    Cheers

    Gary J.

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    Hello J!

    Itís an honour to have you join our forum! Your father was truly a Polish hero of WW2 and the Cold War, and it is very unfortunate that he was lost in such an untimely tragedy. Posted below is a brief bio that offers a glimpse of an immensely courageous pilot. The amount realized in the auction testifies to how remarkable he and his service was.

    One of the questions raised here has to do with the Virtuti Militari decoration that was sold in the auction. Because this is a forum that caters to the Polish militaria collecting community there is much interest in the specific type of Virtuti Militari. Was this your fatherís officially issued decoration or perhaps a replacement? The available pictures are weak and itís not possible to discern the necessary details to establish what type this is. By chance do you have any clearer photographs that you would be willing to post here?

    Best regards,
    Tony

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    Bio of Squadron Leader Jozef Jeka
    The recommendation for the DFM was raised on the 28th July 1941, whilst serving with 306 Squadron 11 Group RAF Northolt. 'This Sergeant fought last summer with an English Squadron destroying five enemy aircraft, probably destroyed 2 more and shared in the destruction of another. With 306 (Polish) Squadron he has taken part in many offensive sweeps over France in the course of which has destroyed one enemy aircraft and damaged another. At all times he has shown the greatest courage and determination to inflict losses on the enemy'. Squadron Leader Jozef Jeka was born in 1917, In the inter war years he joined the Polish Air Force and on gaining his Pilots Wings in 1937 he flew the PZL 7 fighter aircraft and when the German Forces invaded Poland he was flying the PZL 11C with 141 Fighter squadron. The Squadron saw extensive service during the short period of the conflict claiming six German Aircraft with the loss of six of their 10 PLZ iic aircraft. Jeka escaped via Rumania, Yugoslavia and Greece arriving in France during November. He arrived in England during February 1940 volunteering for service with the RAF and like so many of his fellow countrymen found himself posted to Blackpool. His combat flying experience in Poland fast tracked him for flying training and in July 1940 he was posted to 15 EFTS, his pilots log book indicating he had flown approximately 300 hours with the Polish Air Force. His first flight in a Hawker Hurricane took place on the 3rd August with 6 OTU. Such was the need for fighter pilots during this period of the Battle of Britain within a month he was posted to 238 Squadron operating from Middle Wallop, flying his first operational patrol on the 6th September 1940 thus earning the 'Battle of Britain' clasp to the 1939/45 Star. On the 15th September he flew two patrols and destroyed two ME110's the log book states 'ME110 destroyed (crashed near a village) 15.9.1940 ME 110 Damaged'. this second ME110 was confirmed. On the 26th September log state ' T Heinkell111- destroyed Heinkell III Destroyed'. Both these were over the Isle of White. 30th September 'ME110 Damaged'. The log records a number of Patrols and engagements and on the 7th October over Portland he shot down a JU88, thus earning him the status of a Battle of Britain Fighter Ace. Jeka's luck ran out on the 5th November when over the village of Tarrant Monkton in Dorset he was shot down by a ME109e. He successfully bailed out but was seriously wounded, resulting in been hospitalised until February 1941. It was this month he was awarded the Polish Cross of Valour with two Bars, from the hand of General Sikorski He was posted to 306 Polish Squadron, the Squadron now engaged in cross channel sweeps and he resumed Operational flying claiming a ME109 over St Omer on the 17th June 1941, with a further ME109 damaged on the 27th of that month. On the 16th August he shot down a ME109 the Squadron now flying the Supermarine Spitfire IIB. A photograph is included in the album showing Jeka in flying kit displaying the new Mark to the press. In November he reached the end of his operational Tour and received a Commission to the rank of Pilot Officer and was awarded the DFM and Virtuti Militari 5th Class. After a spell of Instructing with 58 OTU, he was posted back to 306 Squadron in May 1942. He remained with the Squadron for a year and was awarded a 3rd bar to the Polish Cross of Valour. He was then posted to 316 Squadron flying Spitfire MK IX. In August 1943 he claimed a FW190 destroyed and a further FW190 damaged, this dog fight over Amiens. On completion of his second operational tour he was posted to 18 Armament Camp. On the 30th March 1944 he returned to operational flying with 308 Squadron engaged in channel sweeps in preparation for the Normandy Invasion. It was on one such sweep on the 21st May he was shot down, bailing out he was picked up by the French Resistance, taken to the village of Flixecourt on the Somme he was hidden by a French family. The photograph album has a ID card photograph taken by the resistance and photograph of the family that hid him. The area was overrun by the Allies and Jeka returned to his Squadron in September. In the following month November he was posted to 306 Squadron as a Flight Commander. The Squadron continued low level sweeps in support of the advancing Allied armies and by the end of the war he had flown 121 sweeps. It was during this period he shot down a flying bomb. With the war in Europe now over Jeka was promoted to Squadron Leader and given command of 306 Squadron. A post he held for a year. In 1945 he was awarded the Silver Cross with Swords. He then accepted a short service commission with the RAF and in 1947 was posted to 58 Polish Resettlement Unit now with the rank of Flight Lieutenant. It appears that it was during this period that he was stationed in Germany serving on a US Air Force station, when he was approached by the American CIA. He resigned his RAF commission in 1949. From various informative Internet sites on Polish pilots of WW2 a post war history for Jozef Jeka can be put together. He was recreated by the CIA and appears to have been placed into the highly sensitive U2 Spy Plane program. At this time the then President Eisenhower issued a directive that the project come under the control of the CIA and that no US pilot was to fly on operations, all pilots must be none US citizens, in the event of a crash over Soviet territory the US could deny any knowledge, this policy was later changed, to accommodate USAF pilots. There is then reports that Jeka was selected and trained to parachute into Soviet Territory and steel a MIG 15 Jet and fly it to a US base. This operation may have been scrubbed due to Lt. Kum Sok No, a 21 year old, elite North Korean Air Force MiG pilot who landed a fully fuelled and armed Mig jet in South Korea and handed it over to the USAF. In 1958 the CIA turned it's attention to Indonesia, who at that time had a number of Communist training camps. The CIA amassed a small Air Force comprising old WW2 B26 Bombers and P51 Fighter aircraft. On the 13th April 1958 two B26's were briefed to bomb Makassar airfield, this would be a Black Deniable Operation. At 03.00hrs both aircraft stood at the end of the runway, Jeka the Captain of the second machine. On take off Jeka began to climb, but it soon became apparent the aircraft had technical problems, as it began to roll and then dived into the tree line all three crew members were killed. The families were informed that the crew had been killed in a flying accident in the USA.

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    Hi J,
    I have been fascinated by this thread and the wonderful evocative items therein.
    Would it be possible to share some of your fathers pictures with those of us that are interested in him but unable to afford the cost of bidding on such a wonderful item.
    I would certainly love to see these, especially any early ones from the 1940 period.
    Best wishes
    Gerry

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    To me, this is one of those exceedingly rare groupings that only come along once in a life time if you are lucky. It isn't like there are other comparable examples to compare price to, so it is worth what someone wants to pay for it. Personally, if I were monetarily wealthy, I wouldn't care what I had to pay if this was my sole focus.
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    My Grandfather , Fl Lt Tarkowski 605 , 315 and 307 Squadrons sold his WW2 Log Book to Gerald Kochan from The Center For Military Studies in Greenville Texas.

    In the spring of 2001 my Grandfather was six months away from death and very ill . It was extremely distressing to see somebody who took such pride in his memory fade before your eyes.What I must say is that his death was relatively quick - we didn't see him deteriorate over years and years.

    What shocked us was that we only discovered in 2006 that he had sold his Log Book.My Grandfather would never have done so if he was in complete control of his facilities - my Grandmother pleaded with not to do so and we are at a loss to understand why he did so - to be blunt he was a wealthy man and certainly did not need the money.
    Secondly he was a great collector - he never threw anything away and would never have wanted it to leave the family.

    As soon as my mother discovered that the Log book was missing ( it took 5 years for her to go through his belongings ....and we've yet to finish doing so !) she contacted Mr Kochan ( via "The Center For Military Studies" ) - she received a definitive "no" to its return.

    It has taken another four years for me to discover this ( my mother was very distressed and refused to talk about the episode ) and I must say I am absolutely determined to recover the original Log book .

    I note from his internet site Center for Military Studies that my Grandfathers log book does not seem to be in the archive ( which worries me )

    Has anybody had any contact with Gerald Kochan or The Center for Military Studies ?

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    Hi,
    That's a very sad story and I'm afraid not unusual.
    Unfortunately I am unable to assist you as I have never heard of either Gerald Kochan or the centre for military studies.
    Sorry
    Gerry

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    I have indirectly come across Mr. Kochan.

    It seems that this is one of many world wide stories of "Polish Museums being set up" ...
    .. This personally sets the alarm bells ringing with me.


    .. "Visit the veterans ....tell them of a fantastic museum/archive ..... then get them to ""DONATE"" .... is a common approach ....

    From a personal point of view, I find this underhand .... When in some cases the direct family is bypassed without consultation.

    Actions like this to me are heartless, .... a total discredit to the ex-Polish servicemen being duped ...


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    Unfortunately, I suspect that the log book which belongs with your family, may be lost to this "museum".
    I wish you all the best in retrieving your families history.



    Gary J.



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    My Grandfather , Fl Lt Tarkowski 605 , 315 and 307 Squadrons sold his WW2 Log Book to Gerald Kochan from The Center For Military Studies in Greenville Texas.

    In the spring of 2001 my Grandfather was six months away from death and very ill . It was extremely distressing to see somebody who took such pride in his memory fade before your eyes.What I must say is that his death was relatively quick - we didn't see him deteriorate over years and years.

    What shocked us was that we only discovered in 2006 that he had sold his Log Book.My Grandfather would never have done so if he was in complete control of his facilities - my Grandmother pleaded with not to do so and we are at a loss to understand why he did so - to be blunt he was a wealthy man and certainly did not need the money.
    Secondly he was a great collector - he never threw anything away and would never have wanted it to leave the family.

    As soon as my mother discovered that the Log book was missing ( it took 5 years for her to go through his belongings ....and we've yet to finish doing so !) she contacted Mr Kochan ( via "The Center For Military Studies" ) - she received a definitive "no" to its return.

    It has taken another four years for me to discover this ( my mother was very distressed and refused to talk about the episode ) and I must say I am absolutely determined to recover the original Log book .

    I note from his internet site Center for Military Studies that my Grandfathers log book does not seem to be in the archive ( which worries me )

    Has anybody had any contact with Gerald Kochan or The Center for Military Studies ?
    Last edited by Gary J; 07-21-2010 at 12:04 PM.

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