#30 POLAND POLISH WWII POLISH AIR FORCE ORDER OF THE VIRTUTI MILITARI, #9198, 5th class, Silver gilt worn, superb enamels. Jozef Zawadzki who was attached to the 304th Slask Bomber Squadron as a Pilot observer during the Battle of Britain. Very rare 2nd type VM. A small number of these 5th class VMs were left over from 1921 production run and awarded until the supply ran out with the last number being 9,999. After that, VMs were never machine stamped with numbers. New supply of VMs were ordered from Spinks, Rubin in Palestine, in Italy and Polish Tech jewelers in London. Mounted on a old original Swiss made ribbon. New replacement ribbon will be supplied. Very rare VM award for Polish Air Force members. It is one of 1,500 crosses awarded during WWII which were made in the 1920’s. Superb example of Polish Military History during WWII. It maybe of some interest to those who are not familiar with Polish History to know that thousands of VM recipients from the WWI era also fought in the 1939 campaign. The where killed on the battlefield in full uniform or captured. In once place at one time at Katyn, 22,000 thousand Polish officers and NCOs were shot by the Soviets. The item “#9198 Jozef Zawacki POLAND ORDER VIRTUTI MILITARI, 5th cl WWII PAF PILOT, 304 Sq” is in sale since Wednesday, November 12, 2014. This item is in the category “Collectibles\Militaria\1919-38\Original Period Items”. The seller is “polishmilitaria” and is located in Fort Lauderdale, Florida. This item can be shipped worldwide.
- Country/Region of Manufacture: Poland