311 Squadron RAF

70th Anniversary

29th July 2010
the 70th Anniversary
of the formation of
311 Squadron
the Czechoslovak bomber Squadron
in the Royal Air Force.

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8 Responses to 311 Squadron RAF

  1. Milan Novotny says:

    i try search any info about:
    NOVOTNÝ Ján, Sgt, 788566 , 311 Sqdn, čet.
    * 11/06/24, Kovarce /TopoĽčany/, WOP/AG

    it was cousin of mine grandfather…it would be perfect if someone can send me any info about him…thx much…

  2. NGS says:

    My father Rolf Ewart Spitzer was a sergeant in the ground-crew of one of the squads. I have his RAF paybook.

  3. John Bogumsky says:

    I am trying to trace the record of my father Bedrich Jan Bogumsky who served in the 311 Squadron. I have some information however my father spoke very little about the war as many of his friends died. I would appreciate receiving any information which might complete the time that he spent within the squadron.


  4. I am trying to trace my farthers record within 311 squadron his name was Frantisek Jan Hradil.

    • fcafa says:

      Hi Helen

      email sent

    • Glen Dryhurst says:

      Dear Helen,
      I guess you must have heard by now that there was a “Frantisek Hradil” who served first in the 310 (Czech) Squadron, then in 19 Squadron, RAF.
      Both squadrons were based at RAF Duxford and he was also based at 19 Squadron’s second air base nearby at RAF Fowlmere, both near Essex.
      He was born in Tesetice, Czechoslovakia on 21 September 1912.
      He was a Battle of Britain fighter pilot in 19 Squadron who was flying in combat over Southend on Sea, Essex, England on 5 November 1940 when he was attacked by a German Messerschmidt Bf109 fighter of I/JG26 squadron.
      His aircraft a Spitfire IIA, Serial No. P7545, Code QV-? was shot down and he crashed in the sea near the Southend Pier on 05 Nov 1940.
      His body was found in the sea on 07 Nov 194o and he was honoured with a Christian burial mass with full military honours in the Military War Memorial section of the Sutton Road Cemetery in Southend on Sea, Essex.
      I have a photograph of his grave and I have seen the entry of his burial in the Military War Graves Register at the cemetery.
      There is no mention of a middle name : “Jan”.
      There is a photograph of him in an air force uniform and another in an aircraft cockpit.
      He was a Pilot Officer in the Royal Air Force (equivalent to Second Lieutenant).
      There is a squadron badge for 19 Squadron and a picture of the type of Spitfire aircraft that he flew. Also both for 310 Squadron.
      Best regards,

      • Helen partington says:

        There were two Fratisek Hradils, I have since found information on my father. Thank you for your help.

    • Ivana Navratilova says:

      Hallo Helen, I am from Brodek u Prerova.I think, you are my friend from childhund.My name is Ivana .Your father came from Czech rep and mother from England.I am looking for your letter. Ivana

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