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    Hi,

    I'm trying to find out if Sgt T Frankowski PAF was awarded the Military Medal for evading capture when shot down 28/8/1942 while serving with 305 Sqn.

    I've seen some paperwork that confirms he was recommended for the M.M !

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    Mark

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    Hello,

    As he was Polish, I doubt the award was gazetted, but have you tried searching for in in the London Gazette online ?

    The recommendation should be in the WO 373 series at Kew, I've just downloaded several files of awards made to evaders (MMs too) in WO373/61 and /62. Follow the explanation given in the thread, and Jagan's list at the end of the thread will be most helpful. Note the different files for award for Polish servicemen.

    http://www.rafcommands.com/forum/showthread.php?p=43651#post43651

    You'll have to download several large files and then check each page one by one.

    Happy hunting

    Joss

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    Hi Mark

    No, he wasn't.
    Sgt Tadeusz Frankowski was a member of F/Lt Kiewnarski's crew when their Wellington SM-D Z1245 was shot down SW Elst (Holland). Sadly Kiewnarski was one of those who participated in Great Escape and was killed in March 1944.
    Just one night later 28/29 of August another (one of the two) Wellington SM-N Z1460 from 305 was badly damaged after long fight with fighters. Three guys bailed out. One of them, Sgt Franciszek Kula via France returned to England in October 1942 and became one of the two Poles awarded by MM

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    Last edited by Peter S; 9th February 2010 at 00:09.

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    In fact, the Wellington SM-N came back in UK with the pilot, copilot and the rear gunner killed. The pilot gave order to bail out above Belgium and three airmen parachuted down near Braine-l'Alleud. Only Sgt Kula evaded capture.

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    Hi chaps,

    if I remember well there is a file "British awards to Polish airmen" in TNA, I will look into my notes.

    Pavel
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    Hi once more,

    so it is file AIR 02/6154 in TNA. I found there the MM award to P.782693 Sgt Franciszek Kula together with MC to P.1693 F/O Josef Tyszko also for evading captivity as the first PAF officer ever.
    The is also mentioned MM award to P.793809 Sgt Aleksander Malecki.

    Unfortunately Sgt T Frankowski is not mentioned in this file.

    Pavel
    Last edited by CZ_RAF; 9th February 2010 at 18:49. Reason: Josef Tyzsko typo
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    Thanks everybody, great information. I presume that Sgt Franzowski recommendation was probably downgraded to a mention in despatches ? I also note that F/L Franciszek KULA died in a flying accident 17/3/1948 and is buried at Newark Cemetery !

    Thanks again

    Mark

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    Quote Originally Posted by CZ_RAF View Post
    Hi once more,

    Unfortunately Sgt T Frankowski is not mentioned in this file.

    Pavel
    ...as I've mentioned before ;)

    P.S.
    Jozef Tyszko
    Last edited by Peter S; 9th February 2010 at 18:40.

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    Hi Peter, what a shame!
    I read carefuly your whole message - except the most important first row "No, he wasn't.":-)

    Sorry for the typo, I will correct it

    Pavel
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