International Advisory Board

Members of the International Advisory Board of the Foundation to Illuminate America’s Heroes are those who share a passion for the heroism of Merian C. Cooper and the members of the Famed Kosciuszko Squadron and want to see their inspiring story told in a Hollywood Feature film for all the world to see.

Anthony J. Bajdek, Chairman is President/Founder, American Association of the Friends of Kosciuszko at West Point; National Vice President for American Affairs, Polish American Congress; President/Founder, Polish American Congress of New Hampshire; and Associate Dean (ret.) and Senior Lecturer in History, Northeastern University.

James V. D’Arc, Ph.D., is Curator of the BYU Motion Picture Archive and the Arts and Communications Archive, L. Tom Perry Special Collections at Brigham Young University.  Dr. D’Arc has taught motion picture history for over 30 years. The Merian C. Cooper Papers were acquired for BYU by Dr. D’Arc in 1986 and contain correspondance, scripts, unrealized projects, scrapbooks and over 800 photographs spanning the length of Cooper’s amazing career.  The Cooper Papers have been used for many articles, television documentaries and the basis for Mark Vaz’s biography of General Cooper, Living Dangerously (New York: Villard, 2005)

Mr. Ludomir Lasocki currently serves as an Advisor to the Minister of Finance of the Republic of Poland.  He is actively involved in helping to illuminate historical details and heroism of Polish history.  Mr. Lasocki was associated with and was an active supporter of the underground Solidarnosc organization during communist rule in Poland.  He was born in London, England and likes to maintain close links with the Polish diaspora throughout the world.

Dr. Michael Peszke, Emeritus Professor of Psychiatry, University of Connecticut, Consultant to the Kosciuszko Squadron Exhibit at the New England Air Museum which was supported by the Polish-American community, and, is a Historian who has published numerous works on Polish Military history, including the Kosciuszko Squadron.

Michal Orzechowski, a journalist and writer in Poland. He is the author of the screenplay “Wings of Freedom-1920”, a screenplay about the true story of Merian C. Cooper and the Kosciuszko Squadron in the Polish-Soviet War of 1919-1920. His screenplay received a scholarship and is supported and backed by the Polish Film Institute in Poland.

 Pawel Biel is a Polish-American Cinematographer based out of New York City. He has worked on a number of films, documentaries and commercials for clients including Warner Brothers, the History Channel, SYFY, BRAVO, BBC, NBC and ABC. The story of Marian C. Cooper and the Kosciuszko Squadron has greatly influenced and inspired Mr. Biel’s work and life. He is originally from Krakow.

Tomasz Jegierski is the founder and CEO of FT Films in Poland. He and his company specialize in the production and distribution of true historical films. FT Films is recently doing promotion and distribution of “Five Days of War” about the war in the Republic of Georgia, staring Val Kilmer, Dean Cain and Andy Garcia. The film, directed by Renny Harlin, will have a Polish premiere at the Krakow Film Festival on April 14, 2012.

Igor I. Sirkorsky, JR, Esq..son of aviation pioneer and Founder of Sikorsky Aircraft, has been active in aviation history both as a lecturer and author. Active in Polish American groups as Vice President of the Polish American Cultural Club of Greater Hartford and Counsel to the National Polish American Cultural Club. Mr. Sikorsky has been involved in the presentation of the history of the Kosciuszko Squadron and the role of Merian C. Cooper as an American hero.

Harvey Hubbell V is the CEO/Director, Producer of Captured Time Productions, LLC, a documentary film company that has won more than 50 film and video festival awards, including four Emmys.  He  shares an 80-acre Avid-equipped farm with his wife, Ande Haas Hubbell, the “2001 Connecticut Filmmaker of the Year”.  The company is set to release their latest documentary on dyslexia, entitled “Dislecksia: The Movie”

William Ciosek is a founding Board member of the Foundation. He has researched the story of Merian C. Cooper and the Kosciuszko Squadron for over 15 years. He has written the film treatment entitled “Honor to You” which is available within the Foundation’s website at

Nolan W. Peterson is a former special operations pilot and veteran of Afghanistan and Iraq.  He is now a journalist covering national security issues and writing about his adventures around the world.  He is the National Director of the Foundation’s “Campaign to Remember Our Benghazi Heroes”


The Foundation and its Executive Director, David C. Jamison can be reached at:, or by calling (334)-718-9501.