Not Forgotten – Southern England





Map key: Cemetery: Town:
1 Chichester Cemetery Chichester
2 Ringwood Town Cemetery Ringwood
3 Salisbury (Devizes Road) Cemetery Salisbury
4 Chippenham (London Road) Cemetery Chippenham
5 Yatesbury (All Saints Churchyard) Yatesbury
6 Cirencester Cemetery Cirencester
7 Watchfield Military Cemetery Watchfield
8 St Mary the Virgin Church, Black Bourton Black Bourton
9 Botley Cemetery Botley
10 Benson (St Helen) Churchyard Extension Benson
11 Stoke Row (St. John) Churchyard Extension Stoke Row
12 The Maidenhead Register Maidenhead
13 Runnymede Air Forces Memorial Runnymede
14 Brookwood Military Cemetery Brookwood
15 Redstone Cemetery Redhill
16 Whyteleafe (St. Luke Churchyard) Whyteleafe
17 Northwood Cemetery Northwood
18 Harrow (Pinner) New Cemetery Harrow
19 Eastbrookend (Dagenham) Cemetery Dagenham
20 Sittingbourne Cemetery Sittingbourne
21 Westwell Burial Ground Westwell

Sussex

1. Chichester Cemetery, Chichester.

Historical Information :

Of the 89 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war, the majority are in a War Graves Plot in Squares 121 and 126 bordering a path on the far right hand side of the cemetery. This was constructed by the City Corporation, who also erected the War Cross at the eastern end of the enclosed plot especially designed by Sir Reginald Blomfield and closely resembling the Commission’s own Cross of Sacrifice. The names of the 1914-1918 war dead in the cemetery are engraved on the base of the Cross.

There are also 75 Commonwealth burials of the 1939-1945 war here, mainly in two adjoining Church of England dedicated Squares, Nos. 115 and 159, in the south-western portion of the cemetery enclosed by a hedgerow on three sides, on the fourth side a wall bearing the inscription 1939-1945 THE MEN AND WOMEN BURIED IN THIS PLOT DIED IN THE SERVICE OF THEIR COUNTRY THEIR NAME LIVETH FOR EVERMORE. In the northern section a further Square, No. 42, is dedicated to Roman Catholic burials, there is a metal plaque bearing a similar inscription.

There are also 7 non-Commonwealth war burials and 4 non World War burials in the care of C.W.G.C. within the cemetery.

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FANTA František, 24, F/Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/12/19, Kamení, Liberec.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Mid air collission during formation on training for bombing flight

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 4.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové, 1945.

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LAŠKA Jan, 29, F/Lt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/11/14, Německý Brod.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Mid air collission during formation on training for bombing flight

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 30.

A symbolic urn no 157, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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LYSICKÝ Vojtěch, 28, P/O, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 08/09/15, Olomouc.

† 26/04/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Crashed on returning from bombing training. It is believed that his plane was probably damaged by its own bomb exploding or by mistaken AA fire from friendly ships.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 3.

A symbolic urn no 220, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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MORAVEC Miroslav, 25, F/Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.


* 03/09/18, Prague.

† 07/06/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Crash at start of operational flight.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 5.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NOSEK Vilém, 28, F/Sgt, 312 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/01/16, Líně, Plzeň.

† 11/06/44, Chichester, Hampshire.

Accident on a operational flight.

Grave ref: Square 159. C. of E. Plot. Grave 29.

A symbolic urn no 222, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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VELEBNOVSKÝ Antonín, 26, F/Lt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 15/04/15, Jablunkov, Frýdek-Místek.

† 16/07/41, Tangmere, Hampshire.

Killed in Hurricane Mk IIc Z3902, crashed near Tangmere,
when returning following a night training flight.

Grave ref: Square 42. R.C. Plot. Grave 50.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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VLK Jan, 29, F/Sgt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 14/02/13, Lhota u Semily.

† 10/04/42, Tangmere.

Killed in aircrash when making a emergency landing
whilst training in Hurricane Z3970.

Grave ref: Square 42. R.C. Plot. Grave 37.

A symbolic urn no 221, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

The cemetery is managed by Chichester District Council and is located on Church Road which runs between the A285 Westhampnett Road and the A27.

Address: Chichester Cemetery, Church Road, Chichester, West Sussex, PO19 7HN.
GPS Location: 50°50’27” N 0°45’29” W
Map Location: View

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Hampshire

2. Ringwood Town Cemetery.

Historical Information :

Ringwood Cemetery is a seven acres site with mature trees, shrubs and hedges. The first interment was in 1864 and now contains some 6,000 graves. The Commonweath War Graves Commission Section holds 30 graves.

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KYSELO Vladimír, 26, Sgt, 32 Sqn, Pilot.


* 23/09/14, Podhorní Újezd, Jičín.

† 09/03/41, Ringwood, Hants.

His Hurricane Mk. I V7057, crashed during a training flight
near Ibsley airfield.

Grave ref: Plot Z. Grave 277.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hradec Králové 1945.

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SKŘIVÁNEK Václav, 22, Sgt, 32 Sqn, Pilot.


* 14/02/19, Prague.

† 21/02/41, Boscombe, Hants.

His Hurricane Mk I V6988, crashed during a
low level training flight.

Grave ref: Plot Z. Grave 276.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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Location Information:

The cemetery is South-East of Ringwood, and is controlled by the Parish Council. It was opened in 1864.

Address: Ringwood Cemetery, Hightown Road, Ringwood, Hampshire, BH24 1NH.
GPS Location: 50°50’42” N 1°46’57” W
Map Location: View

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Wiltshire

3. Salisbury (Devizes Road).

Historical Information :

Devizes Road Cemetery was opened in 1856 and now holds approximately 14,000 interments. In the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Section there are 49 casualties from the First and Second World Wars. The “Memorial Stone”, situated inside the main entrance to the Cemetery, opposite the Cemetery Chapel.

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DOLEJŠ Adolf, 26, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 17/06/15, Prague.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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HAPALA Richard, 22, P/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 13/11/18, Staříč, Frýdek-Místek.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Grave 123.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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HELMA Oldřich, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/01/16, Příbor, Nový Jičín.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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PETRUCHA Jaroslav, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 08/10/20, Veselí na Moravou, Hodonín.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Coll. grave 121.

A symbolic urn no 176, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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PLOCEK Antonín, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 11/04/12, Česká Třebová.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidently shot down by RAF night fighter when returning
from a bombing raid on Cherbourg.

Grave ref: Sec. 6. Grave 122.

A symbolic urn no 153, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Salisbury (Devizes Road) Cemetery, Devizes Road, Salisbury, Wiltshire, SP2 7ND.
GPS Location: 51°4’40” N 1°49’6″ W
Map Location: View

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4. Chippenham (London Road)

Historical Information :

The cemetery opened in 1855 and covers 13 acres of land in London Road. the Commonwealth War Graves Commission Section has 44 interments and a ‘Cross of Sacrifice’ Memorial.

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KLOS Jan, 22, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 19/10/18, Kopřivnice, Nový Jičín.

† 29/08/41, Hullavington.

During a training flight from Hullavington, his Mies Magister lost speed and dived into the ground and exploded, killing the pilot.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 9.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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MIKOLÁŠ Antonín, 22, LAC, 9 SFTS, Pilot.


* 19/04/19, Nošovice, Frýdek-Místek.

† 12/08/41, Hullavington.

Was a trainee pilot, with Sgt Frantisek Seda as instructor, on a training flight from Hullavington in Miles Magister T8378. In low cloud collided with with a another training aircraft over Hullavington. Both aircraft crashed on the airfield
killing instructor and pilot trainee in the aircrafts.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 7.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava Hrabyně 1945.

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SEĎA František, 26, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot.


* 10/09/14, Hýsly, Hodonín.

† 12/08/41, Hullavington.

Was a instructor in Miles Magister T8378 with trainee pilot LAC Antonín Mikoláš, on a training flight from Hullavington in Miles Magister T8378. In low cloud collided with with a another training aircraft over Hullavington. Both aircraft crashed on the airfield killing instructor and pilot trainee in the aircrafts.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Hodonín 1945.

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SEDLÁČEK Josef, 27, Sgt, 9 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 22/02/15, Mannheim, Germany.

† 16/04/42, Babdown, Wiltshire.

Crashed on training flight.

Grave ref: Sec. 1. Row H. Grave 19..

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Chippenham (London Road) Cemetery, London Road, Chippenham Wiltshire SN15 3RD.
GPS Location: 51°27’3″ N 2°5’50” W
Map Location: View

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5. Yatesbury (All Saints Churchyard).

Historical Information :

There are 17 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-1918 war and 19 of the 1939-1945 war here. In addition there are the graves of 3 Polish airmen from the 1939-1945 war and 4 later non world war burials.

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MICHÁLEK Vilém, 26, Sgt, Bristol FSI, Pilot.


* 01/08/15, Bystřice pod Hostýnem, Kroměříž.

† 24/04/42, Calne, Wilts.

Killed in training flight accident.

Grave ref: North West of church.

A symbolic urn no 62, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

There was a flying school at Yatesbury, all the burials in this churchyard being airmen.

Address: Yatesbury (All Saints Churchyard), Yatesbury, Wiltshire, SN11 8YE.
GPS Location: 51°26’33” N 1°54’38” W
Map Location: View

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Gloucestershire

6. Cirencester Cemetery

Historical Information :

There are 25 Commonwealth burials of the 1914-18 war and 55 of the 1939-45 war here. There are also 6 Polish airmen buried here, 1 being unidentified.

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DOLEŽAL František, 21, Sgt, HQ Kemble, Pilot.


* 08/05/19, Doudleby nad Orlicí, Rychnov nad Kňežnou.

† 07/02/41, Kemble.

Killed in a training accident.

Grave ref: Plot 5. R.C. Row AAA. Grave 16.

A symbolic urn no 64, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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FIALA Oldřich, 21, Sgt, HQ Kemble, Pilot.


* 24/06/19, Olomouc.

† 07/02/41, Kemble.

Killed in a training accident.

Grave ref: Plot 5. R.C. Row AAA. Grave 15.

A symbolic urn no 18, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Cirencester Cemetery, Chesterton Lane, Cirencester, Gloucestershire, GL7 1XE.
GPS Location: 51°42’34” N 1°58’55” W
Map Location: View

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Oxfordshire

7. Watchfield Military Cemetery.

Historical Information :

This cemetery contains the graves of 19 servicemen who died during the 1939- 1945 war, and this total is made up by 10 soldiers and 3 airmen belonging to the forces of the United Kingdom; 1 airman of the Royal Canadian Air Force; 1 airman of the Royal Australian Air Force; 1 soldier of the South African forces and 3 Polish airmen. Originally there were also a Belgian soldier and two Italian soldiers buried here, but after the war their remains were exhumed, the Belgian for repatriation and the Italians for re- burial in the Italian section of Brookwood Military Cemetery, Woking, Surrey.

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TESÁREK Rudolf, 32, Sgt, 3 EFTS, Pilot.


* 17/10/09, Kročehlavy, Kladno.

† 26/03/41, Lechdale.

Killed in training flight incident.

Grave ref: 7

A symbolic urn no 7, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Watchfield is a hamlet lying 3 kilometres from Shrivenham, the nearest railway station, and about 13 kilometres from Swindon (Wilts). Practically the whole of the hamlet and a considerable part of Shrivenham is War Office property and there is a permanent garrison at Watchfield. During the war it was the Headquarters of a large O.C.T.U. for the R.A. Searchlight and A.A. Battery, and in addition there was a Royal Air Force station there. The military cemetery, which lies east of the Chapelyard of St. Thomas, was opened towards the end of 1939. It is entered through the Chapelyard, from which it is separated by a dividing wall.

Address: Watchfield Military Cemetery, High Street, Watchfield, Oxfordshire, SN6 8SW.
GPS Location: 51°36’40” N 1°38’47” W
Map Location: View

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8. St Mary the Virgin Church, Black Bourton.

Historical Information :

During the 1939-1945 War, the churchyard was used by the R.A.F. Station at Brize Norton, approximately 5 miles away, and most of the 31 war graves are those of airmen. They are together in a group immediately to the left of the entrance. The other graves are elsewhere in the churchyard.

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KŘÍŽ Václav, 23, Sgt, 2 SFTS, Pilot trainee.


* 09/12/10, Osviečine, Poland.

† 21/05/41, Brize Norton, Oxfordshire.

Killed in a training flight collission over Brize Norton.

Grave ref: Row D. Grave 1.

A symbolic urn was returned to Prague Olšany, 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: .
GPS Location: 51°44’9″ N 1°35’9″ W
Map Location: View

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Oxfordshire

9. Oxford (Botley).

Historical Information :

During the two world wars, the United Kingdom became an island fortress used for training troops and launching land, sea and air operations around the globe. There are more than 170,000 Commonwealth war graves in the United Kingdom, many being those of servicemen and women killed on active service, or who later succumbed to wounds. Others died in training accidents, or because of sickness or disease. The graves, many of them privately owned and marked by private memorials, will be found in more than 12,000 cemeteries and churchyards.

During the First World War, the 3rd Southern General Hospital (an Oxfordshire Territorial Unit) was housed in the Examination Schools and a number of other buildings in Oxford. Oxford (Botley) Cemetery contains 156 burials from the First World War, all in the war graves plot in section I/1.

The cemetery was designated a Royal Air Force regional cemetery during the Second World War and was used by RAF stations in Berkshire and neighbouring counties. Practically all of the 516 Second World War burials (one of them unidentified) are in the war graves plot, which was extended from the section used during the First World War. The architectural features of the plot were designed by Edward Maufe, ARA.

In addition to the Commonwealth war graves, Oxford (Botley) Cemetery contains almost 70 war graves of other nationalities.

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ŠOFRANKO Július, 33, Sgt, 5 (P) AFU, Pilot trainee.


* 12/08/11, Štiavnik, Žilina.

† 30/11/44, Buxton, Derby.

On a navigational training flight from Ternhill, his Harvard aircraft encountered fog and rain over Cheshire and in the poor visibility crashed into high ground at Buxton, Derbyshire. He was killed on impact.

Grave ref: Plot H/1. Grave 247.

A symbolic urn was returned to Slovakia 1945.

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Visiting Information :

A Visitor Information Panel was recently installed at Oxford (Botley) Cemetery to provide information about the war casualties buried here. This is the first of many panels to be erected to help raise awareness of First and Second World War graves in the UK (Oct 2012).

Location Information:

Leave the Oxford Western bypass (A34) at the Botley Interchange (A34-A420 junction). From the raised roundabout take the exit signposted Oxford A420. At the traffic lights at the bottom of the slipway, bear left then immediately right into North Hinksey Lane. After about 100 metres the lane bends sharp left. The entrance to the Cemetery is about 50 metres beyond the sharp bend on the right hand side. Vehicle access is permitted into the Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Plot is at the end of the driveway behind the Chapel.

Address: Botley Cemetery, North Hinksey Lane, Botley, Oxford, OX2 0LX.
GPS Location: 51°45’1″ N 1°17’37” W
Map Location: View

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10. Benson (St Helen) Churchyard Extension.

Historical Information :

St. Helen’s churchyard extension contains 27 Commonwealth War Graves from the Second World War, one of which is from a Czechoslovak airman. Many of those buried there served at RAF Benson with 12 OTU (Operational Training Unit). Alongside the Commonwealth War Graves are other RAF burials.

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ODSTRČÍLEK Otakar, 29, Sgt, 12 OTU, Pilot.


* 09/12/10, Osviečine, Poland.

† 30/09/40, Streatley, Berkshire.

Killed on a training flight flying Battle L5074 aircraft.

Grave ref: Row D. Grave 8.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno, 1945.

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Visiting Information :

Location Information:

Benson, or Bensington, is a parish and village in the south-east of Oxfordshire with a lock on the river Thames. It is a mile and three quarters north-east of Wallingford (Berks.) During the 1939-1945 War the Royal Air Force Station at Benson used this burial ground, which is 3 miles by road from Wallingford railway station, on the opposite side of the road to the church and old churchyard.

Address: St. Helen, Churchyard Extension, Church Lane, Benson, Oxon. OX10 6SF.
GPS Location: 51°37’12.5″N 1°06’46.7″W
Map Location: View

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11. Stoke Row (St. John) Churchyard Extension.

Historical Information :

Interred at St John Churchyard are 2 Commonwealth war graves from World War I and 2 from World War II.

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SCHOLZ Rudolf, 21, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Flight Engineer.


* 10/02/24, Horní Litvínov, Most.

† 10/04/45, Tain, Scotland.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

Grave ref:

A symbolic urn was returned to Ústí nad Labem 1945.

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Visiting Information :

Location Information:

Benson, or Bensington, is a parish and village in the south-east of Oxfordshire with a lock on the river Thames. It is a mile and three quarters north-east of Wallingford (Berks.) During the 1939-1945 War the Royal Air Force Station at Benson used this burial ground, which is 3 miles by road from Wallingford railway station, on the opposite side of the road to the church and old churchyard.

Address: Stoke Row (St. John the Evangalist) Churchyard Extension, School Lane, Stoke Row, Oxfordshire.
GPS Location: 51°33’2.79″N 01°01’23.14″W
Map Location: View

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Berkshire

12. Maidenhead Register.

Historical Information :

Those named within the Maidenhead Register were all non-Commonwealth foreign nationals who died serving as members of Commonwealth Forces. Their remains were removed to their home countries and are presently commemorated solely by their database record and register entry.

The register is maintained at C.W.G.C. Head Office, Maidenhead. (Viewing by appointment only).

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HECHT Walter, 27, LAC, 311 Sqn, Instrument Mechanic.


* 27/04/16, Třinec, Frýdek-Místek.

† 01/11/43, Melksham, Wilts.

Suffered fatal injuries after being struck by a bus 01/11/43 near Market Square, Melksham.

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KENNEDY Otta Karel, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 02/09/19, Prague.

† 10/04/45, Tain.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator EV995, crashed on Tain beach.

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LANČÍK [Lanczik] Jaroslav, 20, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 12/05/21, Přerov.

† 02/07/41, Mere, Wilts.

Accidentally shot down by RAF night fighter on returning from bombing raid on Cherbourg, France.

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LAUNER Zdeněk, 20, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 09/04/24, Prague.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

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MANDLER Otto, 22, F/Sgt, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 08/01/22, Strážnice, Hodonín.

† 01/01/45, Hoy, Orkney Isles.

Accident at start of combat patrol in Liberator FL949, crashed at Hoy, Orkney Isles.

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MAŠEK Jaroslav, 33, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 06/08/11, Orlová, Karviná.

† 19/07/45, Cheltenham, UK.

Former 311 Sqn pilot, who was released from RAF service on medical grounds in March 1943 due to a disease contracted when serving in the French Foreign Legion in 1939. After his release he was confined to hospital where he subsequently died.

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POLITZER František, 32, F/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 22/02/12, Halenkov, Vsetín.

† 29/10/44, Helmsdale, Scotland.

Accident during the start of combat patrol in Liberator BZ720, crashed at Helmsdale, north of Wick.

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POLITZER Maxmilián, 22, Sgt, 138 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/08/19, Koryčany, Kroměříž.

† 10/03/42, Stradishall.

Was co-pilot of Whitley Mk V Z9125 NF-A which crashed shortly after takeoff from Stradishall airfield for a mission over occupied France.

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ŘEZÁČ Zdeněk, 21, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner.


* 21/06/22, Belgrade, Yugoslavia.

† 30/08/43, Beaulieu, Hants.

Accident at start of training flight.

A symbolic urn no 241, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZBROJ Eduard, 32, F/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 15/03/12, Dvůr Králové nad Labem, Trutnov.

† 04/12/44, Tain.

Accident at start of training flight in Liberator FL981, crashed near Tain railway bridge.

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ŽDÍMAL Václav, 29, F/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.


* 24/10/14, Sarajevo, Yugoslavia.

† 29/06/44, Wed Keverne, Cornwall.

Crashed after take-off from Predannack.

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DITTRICH František K, 24, P/O, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 23/11/16, Hradec Králové.

† 23/10/41, off Cardigan, Irish Sea.

Training flight crash into Irish Sea, off Cardigan.

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Visiting Information :

The register is maintained at C.W.G.C. Head Office, Maidenhead. (Viewing by appointment only).

Location Information:

Address: 2 Marlow Rd, Maidenhead, Windsor and Maidenhead SL6 7DX.
GPS Location: 51°31’25.7″N 0°43’30.6″W
Map Location: View

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Surrey

13. Runnymede.

Historical Information :

The Air Forces Memorial at Runnymede commemorates by name over 20,000 airmen who were lost in the Second World War during operations from bases in the United Kingdom and North and Western Europe, and who have no known graves. They served in Bomber, Fighter, Coastal, Transport, Flying Training and Maintenance Commands, and came from all parts of the Commonwealth. Some were from countries in continental Europe which had been overrun but whose airmen continued to fight in the ranks of the Royal Air Force.

The memorial was designed by Sir Edward Maufe with sculpture by Vernon Hill. The engraved glass and painted ceilings were designed by John Hutton and the poem engraved on the gallery window was written by Paul H Scott. The Memorial was unveiled by The Queen on 17 October 1953.

A dedicated article to the Czechoslovak RAF airmen commemorated at the Runnymede Memorial is here.

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Visiting Information :

Sept 2013 – The Commonwealth War Graves Commission is aware of an Eco Camp on a field near to the public toilets at Runnymede Air Forces Memorial. The site is being monitored by Surrey Police and Runnymede Borough Council Community Safety Officers. However, it should be noted that the campers have been using the Coopers Hill toilets, which are owned by Runnymede BC. Some recent vandalism has also been reported. At times the public toilets may be out of service whilst repairs are undertaken. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission apologises for any inconvenience to visitors.

The Memorial is open every day except Christmas Day and New Years Day, as follows:

1 November – 31 March:

Weekdays: 09.00 – 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 – 16.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

1 April – 31 October:

Weekdays: 09.00 – 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner
Weekends & Public Holidays: 10.00 – 18.00 hours or dusk whichever is sooner

Disabled badge holders may use the on site parking area in front of the memorial. All other visitors requiring parking are asked to make use of the public car park some 200 yards from the memorial on Coopers Hill Lane.

Location Information:

This Memorial overlooks the River Thames on Cooper’s Hill at Englefield Green between Windsor and Egham on the A308, 4 miles from Windsor.

Address: Cooper’s Hill Ln, Englefield Green, Egham, Surrey TW20 0LB.
GPS Location: 51°26’17.0″N 0°33’53.5″W
Map Location: View

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Surrey

14. Brookwood Military Cemetery, Brookwood.

Historical Information :

BROOKWOOD MILITARY CEMETERY is owned by the Commission and is the largest Commonwealth war cemetery in the United Kingdom, covering approximately 37 acres and contains 5,072 graves from WW1 and WW2.

In 1917, an area of land in Brookwood Cemetery (The London Necropolis) was set aside for the burial of men and women of the forces of the Commonwealth and Americans, who had died, many of battle wounds, in the London district.

This site was further extended to accommodate the Commonwealth casualties of the Second World War. There is a large Royal Air Forces section in the south-east corner of the cemetery (which also contains the graves of Czechoslovakian and American airmen who served with the Royal Air Force) and the Air Forces shelter building nearby houses the register of the names of those buried in the section. A plot in the west corner of the cemetery contains approximately 2,400 Canadian graves of the Second World War including those of 43 men who died of wounds following the Dieppe Raid in August 1942. The Canadian Records building, which was a gift of the Canadian government in 1946, houses a reception room for visitors and other offices.

In addition to the Commonwealth plots, the cemetery also contains French, Polish, Czechoslovakian, Belgian and Italian sections, and a number of war graves of other nationalities all cared for by the Commission. The American Military Cemetery is the responsibility of the American Battle Monuments Commission.

Brookwood Military Cemetery now contains 1,601 Commonwealth burials of the First World War and 3,476 from the Second World War. Of the Second World War burials 5 are unidentified, 3 being members of the R.A.F. and 2 being members of the R.C.A.F.

The war graves of other nationalities in the Commission’s care number 786 including 28 unidentified French.

As an agency service on behalf of the Royal Hospital, Chelsea, the Commission also maintains a plot of the graves of Chelsea Pensioners, which is situated adjacent to the Military Cemetery, and a small plot containing the graves of 12 members of the nursing services in the adjoining Brookwood Cemetery is also in the Commission’s care.

The BROOKWOOD 1939-1945 MEMORIAL stands at the southern end of the Canadian section of the cemetery and commemorates 3,500 men and women of the land forces of the Commonwealth who died during the Second World War and have no known grave, the circumstances of their death being such that they could not appropriately be commemorated on any of the campaign memorials in the various theatres of war. They died in the campaign in Norway in 1940, or in the various raids on enemy occupied territory in Europe such as Dieppe and St Nazaire. Others were special agents who died as prisoners or while working with Allied underground movements. Some died at sea, in hospital ships and troop transports, in waters not associated with the major campaigns, and a few were killed in flying accidents or in aerial combat.

The new BROOKWOOD 1914-1918 MEMORIAL was built in 2015. It commemorates casualties who died in the United Kingdom during the First World War but for whom no graves could be found.

A dedicated article to the Czechoslovak RAF airmen interred at Brookwood Military Cemetery is here.

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Visiting Information :

Please note: The Brookwood (Russia) Memorial was built to commemorate Commonwealth war dead of both world wars who died in Russia. As a consequence of improved access to war grave and memorials sites located in Russia and the Baltic states, the memorial will be decommissioned. Work to remove the memorial will commence on Monday 7 September.</p

OPENING TIMES: 8am – Sunset (weekdays) 9am – Sunset (weekends) Brookwood Military Cemetery is CLOSED on Christmas Day and New Year’s Day.</p

Please be advised that additional items which have been placed on graves, such as stone vases, have been removed by Commission staff to storage and can be collected by relatives.</p

Enquires at the office or to a member of staff in the grounds (Monday to Fridays) for assistance in collection.</p

It is the Commission policy not to allow additional items, such as vases, to be placed in the headstone borders of Commission plots. There have been lapses in implementing this policy which has seen an increase in the number of additional memorials, being placed. Any items placed in the borders impact on our ability to plant and maintain them to the standard of excellence we seek to achieve. </p

Floral tributes and Remembrance Crosses can be left and will be removed by our staff after a time.</p

Brookwood MC: 01483 474 093 for grave items</p

With effect from 8 October 2011 the Commonwealth War Graves Commission is prepared to allow the placing of cut flowers in a vase on new graves within the Military Annex subject to certain provisions.</p

New graves will be considered those in respect of burials that have taken place within the last three years. At the end of this period each case will be reviewed and allowed to continue for further two years if the family is still placing floral tributes on a regular basis. After five years the traditional uniformity of the military cemetery will be restored by the removal of the vase.</p

The request must be made by next of kin and the cut flowers must be placed in a vase provided by the Commonwealth War Graves Commission in order to ensure uniformity and easy replacement should one be broken during maintenance. </p

The vases, which are free of charge, are available from the staff on site and will be placed by them on behalf of the next of kin. </p

Should you have any questions regarding this matter please contact Enquiries on 01628 634221 or via our email enquiries@cwgc.org.

Location Information:

Brookwood is 30 miles from London (M3 to Bagshot and then A322). The main entrance to Brookwood Military Cemetery is on the A324 from the village of Pirbright. There is a direct train service from Waterloo to Brookwood Station from which there is an entrance to the cemetery.

Address: Brookwood Military Cemetery, Long Avenue, Brookwood, Surrey, GU24.
GPS Location: 51°18’02.6″N 0°38’16.6″W
Map Location: View

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15. Reigate (Redstone Cemetery).

Historical Information :

Redstone Cemetery at Reigate has 44 Commonwealth war graves from the Second and one from the First World War.

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HORÁK Bohumil, 32, F/Lt, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 19/01/09, Komárno, Kromříž.

† 29/06/41, Horley, Surrey.

Accident in Hurricane Mk2b JX-? flying between Redhill and Gatwick.

Grave ref: 52.

A symbolic urn no 52, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Redstone Cemetery, Philanthropic Road, Redhill, Surrey, RH1 4DG.
GPS Location: 51°13’51” N 0°9’31” W
Map Location: View

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16. Whyteleafe (St. Luke Churchyard).

Historical Information :

At the beginning of the Second World War, a special plot (the ‘Airman’s Corner’) was set aside in the churchyard for the burial of airmen from Kenley Whyteleafe RAF Station at Croydon who were killed in air battles, or who died on other operational duties. The churchyard contains 38 Second World War burials, most of them in the plot, but there are a few privately owned war graves elsewhere in the churchyard, together with five war burials from the First World War. The war graves plot also contains six post-war service burials.

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BĚHAL František, 29, P/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 18/03/12, Želátovice, Přerov.

† 11/05/41, Croydon, Surrey.

Killed in a night operation in Hurricane Z2921.

Grave ref: Row H. Grave 29.

A symbolic urn no 39, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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NASSWETER Albín, 22, P/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 21/01/19, Prague.

† 17/06/41, Dover, Kent.

He died in Dover Hospital after injuries sustained in a dogfight in Hurricane Z3460.

Grave ref: Row H. Grave 31.

A symbolic urn was returned to České Budějovice, 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Whyteleafe (St. Luke Churchyard), Whyteleafe Hill, Whyteleafe, Surrey, CR3 0AA.
GPS Location: 51°18’27” N 0°4’58” W
Map Location: View

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Middlesex

17. Northwood.

Historical Information :

Many of the 63 Second World War Commonwealth burials at Northwood Cemetery were from the Royal Air Force station at Northolt, the premier fighter station for the defence of London and a famous Battle of Britain station. A wing of the Polish Air Force operated from Northolt at this time and 54 Polish airmen are also buried in the cemetery. Many of the Second World War graves will be found in the war graves plot in section H, the rest are scattered throughout the cemetery. Northwood Cemetery also contains five graves from the First World War.

Included amongst these Polish airmen are 2 Czechoslovak pilots – Josef František and Vilém Košař – who flew with 303 Sqn and 302 Sqn respectively of the Polish Air Force.

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FRANTIŠEK Josef, 27, Sgt, 303 Sqn., Pilot


* 07/10/13, Otaslavice, Prostějov

† 08/10/40, Ewell, Surrey

Killed in crash when returning from combat patrol.

Grave ref: section H, grave no. 246

A symbolic urn, No 63, is also interred at the Airman’s Memorial, Prostějov, Czech Republic

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KOSARZ [Košař] Vilém, 32, Sgt, 302 Sqn., Pilot


* 20/06/08, Karviná

† 08/11/40, Mayfield

Shot down in aerial combat

Grave ref: section H, grave no. 274

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Location Information:

Northwood Cemetery, is located in Chestnut Avenue, Ruislip, Middlesex, which is off the A404 Pinner to Rickmansworth road.

Address: Northwood Cemetery, Chestnut Avenue, Ruislip, Middlesex.
GPS Location: N 51 36 04, W 00 25 01
Map Location: View

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18. Harrow (Pinner) New Cemetery.

Historical Information :

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the cemetery contains 63 war graves.

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ALBRECHT Josef, 25, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Air Gunner.


* 06/10/15, Horka nad Moravou, Olomouc.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound.Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 5, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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MATOUŠEK Jaroslav, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Wireless Operator.


* 14/02/15, Choceň, Ústí nad Orlicí.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 41, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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SLABÝ Jaroslav, 25, P/O, 311 Sqn, Navigator.

* 11/04/15, Chrudim.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn was returned to Ostrava 1945.

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VESELÝ Jan, 34, S/Ldr, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 17/05/06, Přehořov u Soběslavi, Tábor.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 117, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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ZAPLETAL František, 30, Sgt, 311 Sqn, Pilot.


* 28/03/10, Jezernice, Přerov.

† 16/10/40, Bentley Priory, Middlesex.

Killed in bombing raid to Bremen, Germany, aircraft iced up while outbound. Crashed 21:45 16/10/40, near Bentley Priory, Middx.

Grave ref: Sec. G.4. Coll. grave 17.

A symbolic urn no 59, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Harrow (Pinner) New Cemetery, Pinner Road, Pinner, Middlesex, HA5 5RH.
GPS Location: 51°35’32.0″N 0°22’04.0″W
Map Location: View

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Essex

19. Eastbrookend (Dagenham) Cemetery.

Historical Information :

Also known as: Becontree Cemetery, Eastbrookend Cemetery, Dagenham, Eastbrookend (Dagenham) Cemetery. Opened in 1914 this 11-acre cemetery was private until 1958 when it was known as Becontree Cemetery. The Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the cemetery contains 24 war graves. Many German aircrew from WWII were originally buried here.

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MAREK František, 27, Sgt, 310 Sqn, Pilot.


* 30/01/13, České Budějovice.

† 14/09/40, Horndon of the Hill, Stanford le Hope.

Killed during combat patrol flying Hurricane R6625 during the Battle of Britain.

Grave ref: Square C.2. Grave 691.

A symbolic urn no 58, was returned to Prostějov 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Eastbrookend (Dagenham) Cemetery, The Chase, Dagenham Rd, Romford, Dagenham, Essex RM10 7DR.
GPS Location: 51°33’16” N 0°10’54” E
Map Location: View

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Kent

20. Sittingbourne Cemetery.

Historical Information :

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the cemetery contains 67 war graves, 31 are from WW 1 some of whom had died in local hospitals set up during the War or were stationed in the district. There are 36 Allied war graves from WW 2.

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GÖTH Vilém, 25, P/O, 501 Sqn, Pilot.


* 22/04/15, Brno.

† 25/10/40, Staplehurst, Kent.

His Hurricane Mk I P3903 ND-?)collided with Hurricane Mk I V6806 (flown by P/O KW McKenzie who managed to bail-out) and crashed at Staplehurst, Kent.

Grave ref: Old ground. Sec. W. Grave 141.

A symbolic urn was returned to Brno 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Sittingbourne Cemetery, Bell Road, Sittingbourne, Kent, ME10 4EB.
GPS Location: 51°20’3″ N 0°43’58” E
Map Location: View

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21. Westwell Burial Ground, Westwell Kent.

Historical Information :

The Commonwealth War Graves Commission section of the cemetery is located in Westwell Burial Ground Extension and 2 war graves.

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DYGRÝN [Ligotický] Josef, 24, W/O, 1 Sqn, Pilot.


* 06/03/18, Prague.

† 04/06/42, English Channel, near Brest.

His Furricane was shot down while returning from a operational night patrol near Brest, France.

Grave ref: Grave 243.

A symbolic urn was returned to Grave 243, 1945.

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Location Information:

Address: Westwell Burial Ground, Westwell Lane, Westwell, Ashford, Kent.
GPS Location: 51°11’22.82″N 00°50’34.74″E
Map Location: View

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The assistance of Ministerstvo obrany České republiky [Ministry of Defence, Czech Republic] and the Commonwealth War Graves Commission with this article, is very much appreciated.




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One Response to Not Forgotten – Southern England

  1. Jan Šinágl says:

    Free Czechoslovak Air Force

    Díky! JS

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