Plzen remembers its fallen RAF Airmen


At 16:00, 28 April, a remembrance ceremony was held in Habrmannově náměstí, Plzeň in remembrance of Alois Záleský 34, 312 Sqn pilot († 09. 02. 45.), Karel Pavlík 23, 313 Sqn pilot († 05. 05. 42.) and Václav Šindelář 24, 57 OTU pilot († 19. 04. 43.). All of whom had been been pre-ww2 citizens from the Doubravka district of Plzeň and sports pilots with the Západočeského aeroklubu v Plzni (Aero Club, West Bohemia).

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Despite the freezing conditions, the ceremony was well attended by relatives of the three airmen, local dignitaries, military and veteran associations and well wishers with the local school band playing WW 2 themed music. Then followed speeches including Michal Chalupný, Mayor of Doubravka, Milena Kolaříková, Václav Toman, of the Letecký historiký klub Plzeň and others praised the patriotism and gallantry of the three fallen airmen who had fought and died for the liberation of Czechoslovakia during WW2.

The school band then played the national anthems of Czechoslovakia and Great Britain. Wreaths and floral tributes were then placed by the memorial plaque for the three airmen in Habrmannově náměstí with the local Scout group providing the Guard of Honour.

Speeches praised the gallantry and patriotism of the three young men, who fought and died for our country and our freedom.

The local school band played WW II music, and the historical Czechoslovak anthem as well as the UK anthem at the end of the ceremony. Wreaths and floral tributes were then laid at the commemorative plaque to these fallen airmen, in Habrmannově náměstí, Guard of Honour was by members the local Scout group.




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One Response to Plzen remembers its fallen RAF Airmen

  1. Chris Lock says:

    Superb commemoration. Thank you for posting this and well done all involved!

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