Battle of Britain pilot's medals rise to fight again at Lockdales' militaria auction



2015-06-26 12:18:51

Battle of Britain pilot's medals rise to fight again at Lockdales' militaria auction

Jan Budzinski was a Polish pilot who served the UK in WWII from the cockpit of a Hurricane

As we've reported, Major General Sir Robert Porter's medals from nearly a century ago (and earlier) form one of the key lots in Lockdales' upcoming militaria auction.

However, collectors of a different stripe may be more interested in a Battle of Britain group - an important set awarded to "One of the Few" Polish Hurricane Pilot Jan Budzinski who claimed 2.5 kills in the Battle itself and flying in many other missions throughout the Battle of Britain.

The lot includes his Polish Cross of Valour, Polish War medal, 39-45 star with Battle of Britain bar, Air Crew Europe star, Defence & War medals, group accompanied by Gaunt made Polish Pilots badge and his Pilot's flying Logbook.

This is well filled in with flying details and comes with a very interesting photograph album which includes pre-WWII images of him and his Squadron in Poland.

Serving with 605 Squadron he claimed his first B of B kill on September 11th 1940 South of Bexley shooting down an Me109 with a five second burst which crashed S.E of Gravesend. On November 27th he engaged an Me110 which he brought down 10 miles East of Redhill.

On October 7th 1940 he had also shared in the destruction of another Me109 S.E of Biggin Hill. Group comes with a massive archive of research and confirms Budzinski flew almost throughout the whole of the Battle of Britain.

Budzinski Battle of Britain medals Budzinski's Battle of Britain medals (as they were offered at Stacey's)

Budzinski recalled after the War how he got TB in December 1940 which resulted in him being taken off high altitude offensive operations and reverted to a training roll, but commented this had probably saved his life.

He further commented he would probably have become an ace but thought it unlikely he would have survived the war.

The collection is listed at Lockdales at 4,000-5,000 ($8,100). If the set rings a faint bell for regular readers, it may be because it was previously offered at Stacey's for a similar estimate, though the final sale price is not available.

We suspect that it could be worth rather more as an investment, given the right auction, so it will be interesting to see how it does here.

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