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Military Honours published in the London Gazette,
January 1946–June 2017

 

Identified 68 Polish surnames who have gained 83 official Military Honours

2 Polish Individuals received 3 Military Honours each

(1)  Jerzy Kudrewicz, Flight Lieutenant  RAF (1954 QCVS, 1957 AFC and 1959 QCVS again)
(2)  Stanislaw Wandzilak, Group Captain  RAF (1956 AFC, 1958 OBE and 1966 QCVS)

11 Polish Individuals received 2 Military Honours each

( 1 )   Kazimierz Artymiuk, RAF     (1950 KCVS and 1954 AFC)
( 2 )   Tadeusz Czarniecki, RAF     (1955 QCVS and 1958 QCVS again)
( 3 )   Karol Drewienkiewicz, ARMY     (1998 CB and 1999 CMG)  
( 4 )   Leszek Grzybowski, RAF     (1952 KCVS and 1953 AFC)
( 5 )   Tadeusz Helmsley (Horoszko) RAF     (1956 QCVS and 1957 AFC)
( 6 )   Jerzy Kmiecik, RAF     (1952 AFM and 1981 QCVS)
( 7 )   Aleksander Maisner, RAF     (1956 AFC and 1969 CBE)
( 8 )   Leslaw Miedzybrodzki, RAF      (1951 KCVS and 1952 AFC)           
( 9 )   Waclaw Niezrecki, RAF      (1952 AFC and 1967 QCVS)
( 10 )   Henryk Ploszek, RAF     (1967 AFC and 1978 QCVS)
( 11 )   Wladyslaw Potocki, RAF       (1953 QCVS and 1955 QCVS again)

Summary of 68 Polish Recipients of 83 Military Honour Awards

RAF     = 49 Recipients    (63 Honours)
ARMY     = 16 Recipients    (17 Honours)
ROYAL NAVY      = 3 Recipients    ( 3 Honours)

Number of 63 Polish Awards of RAF Honours

1950 – 1959  = 41
1960 – 1969  = 15
1970 – 1979  = 3
1980 – 1989  = 1
1990 – 1999  = 1
2000 – 2017  = 2

Number of 17 Polish Awards of ARMY Honours

1950 – 1959  = NIL
1960 – 1969  = 3
1970 – 1979  = NIL
1980 – 1989  = 3
1990 – 1999  = 7
2000 – 2017  = 4

Number of 3 Polish Awards of ROYAL NAVY Honours

1960s  = 1
2000s  = 2

Highest Polish Military Seniority

RAF:   Air Vice-Marshal Aleksander Maisner CBE AFC
ARMY:   Major General Karol Drewienkiewicz CB CMG
ROYAL NAVY:   Rear Admiral Jozef Bartosik CB DSC

Leading 83 Polish Military Honour  Awards (by Seniority)

CMG = 1
CB = 2
CBE = 2
OBE = 3
MBE = 14
BEM = 11
AFC = 17
AFM = 3
KCVS = 3
QCVS = 24
QVRM = 2
ARRC = 1

 


PHS_logo_subheadMilitary Honours data

British Military Honours List for Polish Servicemen (January 1946 to June 2017)
(Please note that all Ranks are as at Honour award dates)
 
December / January = New Year Honours
June = Royal Birthday Honours
Includes only Post-WW2 British Military Honours (all DSC, DFC and DFM are WW2 awards)

Name Post War Honour Year Service Rank Military Reference London Gazzette

Abczynski,
Andrew Emil Gabriel

AFC 1966 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  205364 44004

Andrusikiewicz DFC
Roman Wojciech Jozef
AFC 1966 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500664 43635

Andrzejewski,
Stanislaw Jan
AFC 1951 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500160 39243

Antoniak,
Tadeusz Peter
QCVS 1959 RAF  Pilot Officer  706548 41727

Artymiuk DFC DFM
Kazimierz
KCVS  1950 RAF  Master Pilot  783224 38929
AFC 1954 40188

Badeni,
Jan 
QCVS 1962 RAF  Squadron Leader  500303 42552

Bar,
Zygmunt
BEM 1965 RAF  Flight Sergeant 709007 43667

Bartosik DSC
Jozef Czeslaw
CB 1968 NAVY Rear Admiral n/a 44600

Bazarnik MB,
Ch.B,
Konrad
AFC 1953 RAF  Wing Commander  501410 39863

Belza,
Mieczyslaw
BEM 1960 RAF  Sergeant  792358 41909

Binek,
Wieslaw Stanislaw
BEM 1952 RAF  Junior Technician 709017 39555

Brochwicz-Lewinski,
Janusz
BEM 1969 ARMY Warrant Officer 21001419 44740

Bujko,
Henryk 
BEM 1963 ARMY Staff-Sergeant  X 7961849 42870

Brzezicki,
Zbigniew Marceli
MBE 1964 ARMY Major  204675 43343

Chmielowiec,
Andrzej Boguslaw
MBE 1952 RAF  Squadron Leader  500266 39555

Czarnecki,
Zbigniew
QCVS 1955 RAF  Master Pilot  780829 40366
QCVS 1958 Flying Officer 780829 41268

Drewienkiewicz,
Karol John
CB 1998 ARMY Major General 481763 55155
CMG 1999 55710

Florczak,
Franciszek
MBE 1972 RAF  Squadron Leader  500045 45554

Gierzod,
Kazimierz
MBE 1951 RAF  Flight Lieutenant 500357 39243

Glonek,
Robert Waters
AFM 1985 ARMY Staff-Sergeant  24012859 50361

Gorny,
Kazimierz
AFM 1953 RAF  Flight Sergeant  794418 39863

Gorski,
Brian Mark
MBE 1993 ARMY Major 502785 53332

Grobelny,
Wladyslaw 
QCVS 1966 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  780566 44004

Grzybowski,
Leszek Kazimierz
KCVS  1952 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500414 39421
AFC 1953 39732

Guzowska,
Maria Alicia Josephina
QVRM 2009 ARMY Colonel 513057 59090

Hemsley (Horoszko),
Tadeusz
QCVS 1956 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  501627 40787
AFC 1957 41089

Hrycak,
Roman 
QCVS 1960 RAF  Captain  Nigeria 42051

Ignatowski DFM
Kajetan
AFC 1952 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500665 39421

Iwanek,
Vincent
OBE 1991 ARMY Lieutenant Colonel 484887 52563

Jablonski,
Peter Anthony
BEM 1991 ARMY Warrant Officer 24192440 52767

Jankiewicz,
Marian
QCVS 1964 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  704305 43200

Jankowski,
Stefan
QCVS 1955 RAF  Flight Sergeant  705558 40497

Kmiecik,
Jerzy
AFM 1952 RAF  Flight Sergeant 704441 39555
QCVS 1981 Flight Lieutenant 704441 48639

Kochanowski,
Roy Brian John
BEM 1987 ARMY Sergeant  24063863 50948

Kozlowski,
Leon
QCVS 1952 RAF  Flight Lieutenant 500034 39555

Kudrewicz,
Brunon Jerzy
QCVS 1954 RAF  Flight Lieutenant 501903 40188
AFC 1957 41089
QCVS 1959 41727

Ladro DFC
Andrzej 
QCVS 1956 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500233 40787

Maciejewski,
Justin Wladyslaw
MBE 2004 ARMY Lieutenant Colonel 523134 57509

Maisner,
Aleksander
AFC 1956 RAF  Squadron Leader  500062 40669
CBE 1969 RAF  Group Captain  500062 44863

Majchrzak,
Zbigniew Andrzej
BEM 1992 ARMY Warrant Officer 24430649 52952

Malenczuk,
Julian
AFC 1952 RAF  Master Pilot  793842 39421

Mialkowsky,
Bryan
MBE 2008 ARMY Major (Canadian) R22604903 58929

Miedzybrodzki,
Leslaw Roman
KCVS  1951 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500038 39104
AFC 1952 39421

Miklinski,
Anthony Stanley
CBE 2006 NAVY Commodore n/a 58196

Mikolajewski,
Jerzy
MBE 1994 RAF  Warrant Officer G1946205 53893

Mondschein,
Jan Wincenty
MBE 1955 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500259 40366

Mudry,
Wlodzimierz Wladyslaw
QCVS 1955 RAF  Flying Officer  780416 40366

Naworynsky,
Michael Peter
OBE 2004 RAF  Wing Commander  8024026H 57315

Niezrecki DFM
Waclaw Tadeusz
AFC 1952 RAF  Master Pilot  782373 39555
QCVS 1967 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  782373 44210

Nowosielski,
Frank
MBE 2001 NAVY Lieutenant Commander n/a 56430

Orzel OBE
Marie-Noelle
QVRM 2013 RAF Wing Commander 2638056H 60534

Pawlowski,
Christopher Patrick
MBE 2009 ARMY Captain  556771 59090

Penczek,
Leopold
AFC 1956 RAF  Master Pilot  780123 40725

Pieniazek,
Adam
QCVS 1954 RAF  Master Pilot  780699 40188

Ploszek,
Henryk Rudolf
AFC 1967 RAF  Flight Lieutenant 4160525 44210
QCVS 1978 Squadron Leader  4160525 47549

Potocki DFC
Wladyslaw Jan
QCVS 1953 RAF. Flight Lieutenant  500066 39863
QCVS 1955 Squadron Leader  500066 40366

Sokolow,
Peter John
ARRC 1992 ARMY Captain  516272 53153

Szota,
Bronislaw
QCVS 1952 RAF  Sergeant  705758 39555

Skibinski,
Bronislaw Jerzy
MBE 1953 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500021 39732

Staszewski,
Michal
BEM 1962 RAF  Chief Technician  784891 42552

Stepniewski,
Tadeusz
BEM 1960 RAF  Flight Sergeant  704963 41909

Szafran,
Boleslaw
BEM 1985 ARMY Sergeant  23979832 50361

Tarwid,
Aleksander Stanislaw
MBE 1976 RAF  Squadron Leader  794978 46777

Wandzilak DFC
Stanislaw
AFC 1956 RAF  Squadron Leader  500039 40669
OBE 1958 Squadron Leader  500039 41268
QCVS 1966 Group Captain  500039 44004

Wardzinski,
Erazm
QCVS 1956 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500070 40787

Wieczorek,
Sylwester
QCVS 1957 RAF  Master Pilot  781163 40960

Wier (Wierzbowski),
Tadeusz
AFC 1955 RAF  Flight Lieutenant 500238 40366

Zajaczkowski,
Waclaw 
MBE 1962 RAF  Flight Lieutenant  500392 42552

PHS_logo_subheadKey to Awards, Orders and Decorations

DSC = Distinguished Service Cross
DFC = Distinguished Flying Cross
DFM = Distinguished Flying Medal
AFC = Air Force Cross
AFM = Air Force Medal
CMG = Companion of the Order of Saint Michael and Saint George
CB = Companion of the Order of the Bath
CBE = Ordinary Commander of the British Empire
OBE = Ordinary Officer of the British Empire
MBE = Ordinary Member of the British Empire
BEM = British Empire Medal
KCVS = King's Commendation for Valuable Service
QCVS = Queen's Commendation for Valuable Service
QVRM = Queen's Volunteer Reserves Medal
ARRC = Ordinary Associate Royal Red Cross

Dataset compiled by Christopher Marek Rencki