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post-WW2 Polish September Campaign Cross to Pilot Major Moskwa.


Fahnen Fleck, Hamburg Germany. (1985-86), 44mm x 40mm, Variant A.

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Polish September Campaign Cross made by Fahnen & Fleck, Hamburg with miniature and legitimation card issued in 1986 to Pilot Major Paweł Jan Moskwa. The cross has been mentioned in the article on the Sarmatia Antiques blog. ( )

“Paweł Jan Moskwa was born on December 5, 1909 in Zurich. He graduated from elementary and high school in Warsaw. He studied at the Academy of Fine Arts in Warsaw, and then at the Warsaw University of Technology where he studied architecture. In the autumn of 1929, he enrolled at the Air Force Officer Cadets School in Dęblin. He spent three months recruiting at the heavy machine gun company in Zambrów. In 1932 he graduated from the school as a cadet officer and received the title and observer badge No. 905. He was promoted to the rank of second lieutenant and entered the reserve of the 1st Air Regiment in Warsaw. Mobilized in August 1939, he took part in the Defensive War of 1939 as part of the Staff Squadron commanded by Capt. pil. Henryk Wirszyło. In September 1939 he made reconnaissance flights and flights with orders. On September 8, 1939, at RWD-14, he delivered the Commander-in-Chief’s orders to the command of besieged Warsaw. On September 17, 1939, he crossed the Romanian border. He got to France, and after its fall to Great Britain. After training, he received combat assignment to 300 Bomber Squadron. After completing a full tour of operational flights, he went on a pilot course in Newton. After completing the course, he served as a pilot at a school for navigators. Demobilized as a captain, he remained in exile in Great Britain. Decorated with Silver Cross of Virtuti Militari No. 9696, four times the Cross of Valour, the Gold Cross of Merit, three awards of the Air Force Medal and others”