Aircraftman Second Class Jerzy Podsędkowski was a Russian-born Polish firearms designer who was active in the 1930s and 1940s. A designer for RSAF Enfield and Fabryka Karabinów, Podsędkowski was known for his design of the MCEM-2 machine pistol.

History[edit | edit source]

Born in Moscow in 1900, Podsędkowski graduated from junior high school there and enrolled himself into Moscow State University, where he completed his studies at the faculty of Physics and Mathematics in 1919. After completing his studies, Podsędkowski moved to Poland, where he was enlisted into the Polish Army;[1] he attained the rank of podporucznik (equivalent to Second Lieutenant).[2]

After serving several years in the Army, Podsędkowski enrolled himself into the Warsaw University of Technology's faculty of Mechanics and Electrical Engineering. After graduating from the university in 1927, he was employed by Škoda as a specialist in the production of aircraft engines. Podsędkowski was then employed by Fabryka Karabinów in 1929, where he would assist in the production of Browning-type pistols. He would later design the first prototype of the Mors submachine gun alongside Piotr Wilniewczyc and assisted in the design of the wz. 35 anti-tank rifle under lead designer Józef Maroszek.[1]

Some time later, Podsędkowski would flee to the United Kingdom.[3] He would be enlisted into the Royal Air Force, eventually attaining a rank of Aircraftman Second Class.[2] Podsędkowski would also work for RSAF Enfield for some time in the 1940s, designing the MCEM-2 submachine gun and the MCEM-6 submachine gun alongside Aleksander Ichnatowicz;[3] both submachine guns were not developed further.

After the failure of the MCEM project, Podsędkowski presumably moved back to Poland, where he died in Łódź in January 1962.[2]

Works[edit | edit source]

Podsędkowski was known for his work on the MCEM-2 and MCEM-6 submachine guns, the latter of which he developed alongside Aleksander Ichnatowicz.

Trivia[edit | edit source]

  • His surname is often spelled as Podsenkowski, even in British documents of the time.

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