The very fine and scarce Polish Master Navigator’s Second World War, Malayan Emergency, Brunei, Borneo, long service and Polish Air Force Service Medal group awarded to Master Navigator Z.S. Boyko, Royal Air Force, late Plutonowy in the Polish Air Force, who is believed to have flown with Coastal Command during the war, and flew as part of the detachment of Twin Pioneers of 209 Squadron over Brunei in December 1962, before spending a period with the Nigerian Defence Academy.

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The very fine and scarce Polish Master Navigator’s Second World War, Malayan Emergency, Brunei, Borneo, long service and Polish Air Force Service Medal group awarded to Master Navigator Z.S. Boyko, Royal Air Force, late Plutonowy in the Polish Air Force, who is believed to have flown with Coastal Command during the war, and flew as part of the detachment of Twin Pioneers of 209 Squadron over Brunei in December 1962, before spending a period with the Nigerian Defence Academy.

Group of 9: 1939-1945 Star; Atlantic Star; Africa Star; War Medal; General Service Medal 1918-1962, GVI 2nd type bust, 2 Clasps: Malaya, Brunei; (705639 SGT. Z. BOJKO. R.A.F.); Campaign Service Medal 1962, 1 Clasp: Borneo; (M.NAV. Z.S. BOYKO (705639) R.A.F.); Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal, EIIR Dei.Grat. bust; (M.NAV. Z.S. BOYKO (705639). R.A.F.); Poland: Air Force Service Medal, with bronze Second Award Bar that should be attached to the Active Service Medal; Poland: Active Service Medal. Mounted swing style as worn, and in order described.

Condition: Good Very Fine.

Together with the following:

An EPNS presentation cigarette table case, this engraved on the front: ‘Presented to Master Navigator Z.S.M. Boyko by Western Communication Squadron December 1968’.

A very large silver plate Presentation Salver, engraved in the centre: ‘Presented To Mr. Z.S.M. Boyko as a token for his service in the Nigerian Defence Academy’.

Zdzislaw Stanislaw Boyko was born on 25th May 1920 in Poland – though another record does state 25th May 1922, and was probably a serving member of the Polish Air Force as a Plutonowy, Sergeant in English, and operated as air crew as a Navigator, but with the German invasion of Poland, he then made his way either via Czechoslovakia to the United Kingdom shortly after the outbreak of war, or it is possible that he may have been captured and interned for a period in Russia and then when Germany declared was on that latter country in July 1941, was released and then made his way to England. This latter possibility is viable in that his enlistment number indicates that he was in the batch of Polish servicemen who enlisted into the Royal Air Force from March 1942.

Boyko joined the Royal Air Force as a Sergeant (No.705639), and having undergone navigator training with the RAF, then saw service quite probably with Coastal Command, in which a number of Polish Squadron’s served, and he then went on to see service on patrols over the Atlantic and in the Mediterranean, quite possibly for a period with 304 Silesian Bomber Squadron, which became a part of Coastal Command in May 1942 after suffering heavy losses with Bomber Command earlier in the war, and operated in Wellington bombers out of various Scottish bases initially. Boyko was awarded by Poland the Air Force Active Service Medal, this award was created on 3rd July 1945, and awarded to all members of the Polish Air Force with at least six months meritorious service with a unit engaged in military operations against the enemy or with at least one year’s service with another unit.

The Polish Active Service Medal was created on the same day as the above, and with the same conditions as the previous award. The Second Award Bar to this medal is in bronze, and hence it would appear that Boyko is infact entitled to the Second Award Bar to his medal, and not to the Air Force Active Service Medal which has a silver second award bar, and clearly it is mounted incorrectly on his group.

Boyko, of Bojko as his name was sometimes also spelt, remained with the Royal Air Force after the war, and is known to have been serving with 57 Squadron and flying in Lincolns from circa 1946 to 1950, and in 1951 he was known to be with 207 Squadron, and presumably saw service with them in Malayan during the Malayan Emergency, being based at Singapore. Boyko is mentioned in the London Gazette for 19th February 1952 as being amongst those “Aliens to whom Certificates of Naturalization have been granted by the Secretary of State, and whose Oaths of Allegiance have been registered in the Home Office during the month of January, 1952’. Boyko was confirmed as then serving in His Majesty’s Forces as of 29th December 1951. 

Boyko was awarded the Royal Air Force Long Service and Good Conduct Medal in Air Ministry Orders No.621 of August 1961, having qualified for the award back on 13th August 1960, by which time he was serving in the short lived rank of Master Navigator, and then back out in the Far East, went on to see service during the Brunei operations which lasted from 8th to 23rd December 1962, and during these operations Boyko was with a detachment of Twin Pioneers from 209 Squadron which operated over Brunei from 9th to 28th December 1962.

Still a Master Navigator, Boyko then went on to see service over Borneo during the Indonesian Confrontation which lasted from 24th December 1962 to 11th August 1966. Towards the end of his career, Boyko saw service as a Master Navigator with the Western Communication Squadron, being presented with a presentation cigarette box for his service with this unit in December 1968, and finally went on to lend his experience out in West Africa when he worked for a period in Nigeria with the Nigerian Defence Academy. Boyko retired to the United Kingdom, and died on 7th January 2004 in Lincoln, Lincolnshire.


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