London Battle of Britain Memorial

The London Battle of Britain Memorial lists the names of 2938 Battle of Britain pilots. The pilots are grouped by their nationality and listed alphabetically. The Czechoslovak section lists 88 pilots:

One Czechoslovak pilot, Tomas Kruml is not listed on this memorial but is included on the National Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel-le-Ferne, Kent built in 1995. When the London Memorial was built in 2005, official operational records were re-checked against current criteria for eligibility for a Battle of Britain pilot. It was decided that under this later criteria Tomas Kruml no longer qualified as a Battle of Britain pilot.

The memorial was constructed following an initiative by the Battle of Britain Historical Society. Its construction was privately funded by donations or by fund raising activities.

The site, a former smoke outlet for steam driven underground trains, was donated by Westminster City Council. The Memorial was designed by architects Donald Insall Associates and Paul Day was the Sculptor.

In October 2004, Stefan Füle, the Czech Ambassador in London, on behalf of the Czech Government, presented Lord Norman Tebbit, the Chairman of the Memorial’s Committee, a cheque for £52,700 [2,500,000 Kčs] towards the construction of the Memorial. This was the only donation made from a country whose pilots had participated in this Battle.

The bronze sculptured scenes, by Paul Day, on the sides of the Memorial depict scenes of pilots, ground staff, observers, civilians and rescue personnel all of whom had a role in the Battle.

Description of the sculpture scenes here


The memorial is located on the Victoria Embankment, on the north side of the river Thames and directly opposite the London Eye.

GPS Location:- N 51 30 11, W 00 7 24

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