My father Jan Pająk served under the assumed name Jan Próg during his military service with the Polish forces during WW11. Service number 30061714 Lance Corporal.The MOD have provided full details of his service including action in Monte Cassino, Southern and Northern Apennines and Battle for Bologna. His Polish awards include Cross of Monte Cassino, Cross for Valour, Silver Cross of the Military Order of Virtuti Militari - Class V and Army Medal.
I would like to find out more about the actual events that took place and for which my father received the awards. In particular the Cross for Valour is dated 11.11.44 ( Per Register in Sikorski Museum No 6770 under name Pajak) and I think this relates to a mention in Despatches by the Commanding Officer of the 5th Kresowa Infantry Division ( Order 73/44). The Virtuti Militari medal is registered under number 11638 under name Próg. I have visited the Sikorski Museum a few years ago and although there was a great deal of information it had yet to be organised. My father served with 8 Rifle Battalion, 3 Independent Carpathian Infantry Division, Supply Company, 5 Kresowa Division and 3 Company 18 Lwowski Rifle Bn. 6 Lwowska Inf. Brigade. 5, Kresowa Inf.Div.
Is information available now that would help me find out what happened and which prompted these 2 awards?