I think it's unlikely that the mystery involved the Heliopolis School, as by 1948 almost all these young men had been long
since evacuated to the UK.
(The vast majority - almost 200 young men - left the Middle East on Sept. 30, 1946, via Port Siad, aboard the 40,00 ton
former Greek passenger ship the "NEA HELLIS". After docking at Glasgow, they took an overnight train trip to the RAF base
Cammeringham, Lincolnshire, (formerly RAF Ingram), arriving on Oct. 14, 1946. By late 1946, most had enlisted in the
Polish Resettlement Corps, with only two, as far as I know, agreeing to be repatriated to Poland. The rest settled in Britain,
with about half of that number later emigrating to Canada/USA/Australia/New Zealand/Argentina/Brazil/Rhodesia/South Africa)
Maybe Lucyna's "300 Sqn." forum would also like to take a crack at this mystery ...
From: Stefan Wisniowski <stefan.wisniowski@...>
To: Claire M Jordan <whitehound@...>; Kresy-Siberia <Kresy-Siberia@yahoogroups.com> ia
Cc: "<Fundacja@...>" <Fundacja@...>
Sent: Sunday, May 27, 2012 2:19:01 PM
Subject: [Kresy-Siberia (est.2001)] Re: Polish Army in Egypt - 1948?
Can anyone take a stab at a possible explanation of the below 1948 mystery? Could it be a belated medal related to Tobruk? Or to the Heliopolis Junak Air school departing for UK after the war?
Claire please send anything more you have - a citation, name/scan of the medal info on your father's war service etc.
Hello. I see that you have a section of
photographs of the Polish Forces in Egypt in the 1940s, and I wondered if you
might be able to help me. Some time around the middle of 1948 my father,
Roderick (Rory) Denis Edward Langford-Rae, was decorated by the Polish Forces in
Egypt for his services as a negotiator.
He was a Catholic, and there had been some exiled
Polish boys at his school, but other than that he had no Polish connections that
I know of, so I'm trying to find out what exactly he did and how he got involved
in the first place. Is it possible that anyone on your list would
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