Bomber Command Memorial Ceremony – 30 June 2019.



On 30 June 2019, the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund held their annual ceremony, at the Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London, to commemorates the 55,573 Allied airmen who lost their lives whilst serving with RAF Bomber Command during WW2. Of these 115, were Czechoslovak.

The very well attended ceremony included Air Chief Marshal Sir Stephen Hillier, Chief of the Air Staff, Air Vice-Marshal David Murray, Controller of the RAF Benevolent Fund, David Keen of the Bomber Command Association, Ambassadors from the Polish, US and Israeli Embassies, Defence Attache’s from the Czech, Australian, Dutch, Danish, Australian, New Zealand and Indian Embassies, numerous Bomber Command veterans, representatives of numerous airmen’s Associations including the Czechoslovaks, Polish, 622 Sqn, 10 Sqn, 75 New Zealand and New Zealand Bomber Command Association, and relatives of Bomber Command airmen.

The ceremony was opened by a triple flypast of the Avro Lancaster from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight. The ceremony then continued under the direction of Canon Brian Lucas who led the service with prayers and readings from Bomber Command veterans, concluding with the last post being played.

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Whilst the majority of that 115 Czechoslovak loss where from 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron, when the squadron was deployed in Bomber Command while based at Honnington and East Wreatham, between 29 July 1940 to 18 April 1942, a few others flew with Britsh RAF squadrons.

Those 115 Czechoslovak airmen are:

BLÁHA Oldřich Dennis, F/O,

Bomb Aimer, 44 Sqn. – † 02/01/44, aged 21, Lancaster, KM-C, W4831, shot down and crashed 30 miles south of Berlin at Luckenwalde whilst on a bombing raid on Berlin. Grave at Berlin 1939-1945 War Cemetery.

ALBRECHT Josef, Sgt.

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

BABÁČEK Pavel Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 20/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

BABÍČEK Zdeněk Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 21, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

BAMBUŠEK Jaroslav LAC,

Fitter II E, 311 Sqn – † 04/04/42, aged 28, killed in a motorcycle crash resulting from a bomb explosion in the immediate vicinity. Grave at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

BAUMRUK Bohuslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/01/41, aged 24, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 39 on the Runnymede Memorial.

BINDER František Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 04/03/42, aged 27, His Wellington, Z1147, was on a bombing raid on Emden, Germany, killed during an attack by a Luftwaffe night fighter. During the attack, he was seriously wounded in the head and stomach and died on the return flight from Emden. The Wellington landed safely back at East Wretham and his grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

BOLFÍK Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 27, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following a bombing raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 39 on the Runnymede Memorial.

BROŽ Jaromír P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 25, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.

CIBULKA Josef P/O,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 28, his Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 68 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ČTVRTLÍK Jan Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 27/07/41, aged 23, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 42 on the Runnymede Memorial.

DANIHELKA Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, his Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 81 on the Runnymede Memorial.

DITTRICH František K. P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 24, his Wellington T2624 crashed into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan Bay, during a training flight. His body was recovered and cremated. After WW2 the urn was repatriated back to Czechoslovakia.

DOLEJŠ Adolf Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

DUŠEK František Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 25/05/41, aged 20, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

FÍNA Jiří Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 2/03/42, aged 28, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 83 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HANZL Vladimír Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 85 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HAPALA Richard P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 22, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

HAVLÍK Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 14/05/42, aged 25, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

HEJNA Jan Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn –  † 23/06/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 36 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HELMA Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 25, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

HRADIL Bohuslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

HRDINA Josef F/Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 30, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

HUDEC Josef F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 28, lost in Wellington KX-Y, T2519, missing in the North Sea following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He is remembered on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

HURT Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 23/10/41, aged 24, Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and is He is remembered on panel 45 on the Runnymede Memorial.

JANČA František Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 19, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 86 on the Runnymede Memorial.

JANOUŠEK Jiří Sgt,

Air Gunner 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

JANŮJ Otakar Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 28, Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on panel 46 on the Runnymede Memorial.

JARNOT Alois Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 23, Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. He is buried at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

JAROŠEK Hubert P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 30, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

JINDRA Miroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 25, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. The aircraft crashed into the Waddenzee, Holland. He is buried at Uithuizermeeden General Cemetery, Holland.

JIRSÁK Otto Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 33, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

KALENSKÝ Josef F/Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 25, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and Josef KALENSKÝ in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

KLIMT Karel Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 28, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

KODEŠ Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, Karel KODEŠ and four others in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

KONŠTACKÝ Vilém P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. – † 03/06/41, aged 26, Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen, Germany, shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never recovered and he is remembered on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KORMANOVIČ Imrich Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 03/03/42, aged 40, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

KOŠULIČ Václav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 25, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KOTRCH Jan Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 24, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

KOUKOL František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 01/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

KRÁČMER František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 24, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KRÁL Čeněk Vincenc Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 87 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KRÁL Jaromír Oldřich P/O,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. –  † 15/01/41, aged 27, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KŘIVDA Jan Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 27, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

KUBÍČEK Vladimír F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. –  † 17/04/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

KUBIZŇÁK Antonín P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/01/41, aged 29, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in North Sea following raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KULA Jaroslav F/Lt,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 12/03/42, aged 27, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

KUŇKA Karel Sgt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 25/09/40, aged 27, Wellington L7788 damaged by flak above target, whilst on a bombing raid on Berlin, Germany. Aircraft crashed South of Gravenhage, Holland. He survived the crash but shot himself with a flare pistol rather than be captured. His grave is at The Hague [Westduin] General cemetery, The Hague, Holland.

LANČÍK [Lanczik] Jaroslav Sgt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/4, aged 20, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. After WW2 his remains were repatriated back to Czechoslovakia.

LANDA Bohumil P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 43, Wellington bomber KX-T, L7844, whilst on a bombing raid to Keil, shot down at 21:25 by a Luftwaffe night fighter. Aircraft crashed at Doornspijk, southwest of Oosterwelde, Holland. He is buried at Oosterwolde General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

LANG Karel Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 24, his Wellington L7786, crashed near Coddenham, Suffolk, during a training flight. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

LESKAUER Jindřich P/O

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 15/01/41, aged 23, lost in Wellington KX-Y T2519 missing in the North Sea following a bombing raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 33 on the Runnymede Memorial.

LIEBOLD Jindřich AC2,

Interpreter, 311 Sqn – † 05/01/41, aged 19, killed in an air raid on East Wretham. He is burie at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

LIFČIC [LIFCZIZ] Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 30, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

LINKA Stanislav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/11/41, aged 26, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak during a bombing raid on Keil, Germany. On return flight crashed in Irish Sea, 20 km South West off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 47 on the Runnymede Memorial.

MAREŠ Jiří Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/07/41, aged 25, his Wellington KX-N, R1718, was shot down at 00:50 by by a Luftwaffe Me110 on a bombing raid to Hamburg, Germany. The Wellington crashed in the Zuiderzee off the island of Ijsselmeer 5km west of Lemmer, Holland. He was killed in the crash and is buried at Lemmer General Cemetery, Lemsterland, Holland.

MAŠEK Rudolf Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.

MATOUŠEK Jaroslav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 25, Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

MEZNÍK Alois Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 30, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 89 on the Runnymede Memorial.


MIKLOŠEK Ján Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 15/09/41, aged 25, Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

MOHR Josef F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn. – † 02/01/42, aged 29, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He survived the crash but died from exposure in a dinghy during the six days at sea. He is buried at Bergen General Cemetery, Bergen, Holland.

NĚMEČEK Ladislav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 24, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 90 on the Runnymede Memorial.

NETÍK Václav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 30, Wellington KX-F, R1371, shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. He is buried at Oldebroek General cemetery, Oldebroek, Holland.

PAROLEK Jan František F/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 16/11/41, aged 24, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak on a bombing raid on Keil, on return flight crashed in the Irish Sea, 20 km SW off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 30 on the Runnymede Memorial

PARTYK Jaroslav P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 20/07/41, aged 30, Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover. He is buried at Sage War Cemetery, Oldenburg, Germany.

PEPRNÍČEK Jan Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 22, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

PETRUCHA Jaroslav Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 20, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

PLECITÝ Miroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 21/01/42, aged 29, his Wellington KX-D, DV515, lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 75 on the Runnymede Memorial.

PLOCEK Antonín Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/07/41, aged 29, his Wellington R1515 was accidentally shot down by an RAF night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cherbourg. Aircraft crashed at Lower Park Farm at Mere, Wiltshire. He is buried at Devizes Road cemetery, Salisbury, Wiltshire.

PODIVÍNSKÝ Adolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 26, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 91 on the Runnymede Memorial.

POLEDNÍK Jaroslav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/10/41, aged 21, his Wellington T2624 crashed into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan Bay, during a training flight. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 50 on the Runnymede Memorial.

POLITZER Maxmilián Sgt,

Pilot, 138 Sqn – † 10/03/42, aged 22, his Whitley NF-A, Z9125, crashed shortly after take-off from Stradishall airfield on an SOE flight, Operation Frensham I, to occupied France. The aircraft caught fire on crashing, killing five of the crew members. His remains were cremated and the urn returned to Czechoslovakia after WW2.

RAISKUP František F/Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 12/03/42, aged 28, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 92 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ŘÍHA Ladislav F/Lt,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 25, Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ROLENC Jaroslav Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/10/41, aged 26, his Wellington T2624 crashed on a training flight into the Irish Sea, off Cardigan, Wales. His body was never recovered and is He is remembered on panel 51 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ROUŠ Stanislav Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 21/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 92 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ROZUM Alois Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 23/06/41, aged 28, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 37 on the Runnymede Memorial.

RYCHNOVSKÝ Karel F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 11/04/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Z, Z8838, was shot down by a Luftwaffe night fighter while returning from a bombing raid on Essen. Aircraft crashed 4.5 km east of Kolhorn, Holland. All the crew were killed and initially buried at Middenmeer, Holland, five in a communal grave and one in a separate grave. In 2004 the remains were re-interred at Bergen op Zoom War Cemetery, Holland.

SEDLÁČEK Mojmír F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

SIXTA František F/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

SKALICKÝ Rudolf Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 08/12/41, aged 23, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 52 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SKOŘEPA Zdeněk F/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 24, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 66 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SKUTEK Pavel Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. –  † 16/11/41, aged 20, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak on a bombing raid on Keil, on return flight crashed in the Irish Sea, 20 km SW off St Bees Head, Cumberland.

SKUTIL Jaroslav P/O,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn –  † 01/10/40, aged 30, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

SLABÝ Jaroslav P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn –  † 16/10/40, aged 25, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

SLOVÁK Josef P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn –  † 01/10/40, aged 28, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

SMRČEK Leonard P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn. – † 23/06/41, aged 25, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 34 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SOUKUP Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 12/03/42, aged 21, his Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 94 on the Runnymede Memorial.

SOUKUP Vilém Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

ŠPINKA Dobromil Sgt,

Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, his Wellington KX-A Z1167 lost without trace on a bombing raid on Paris. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 81 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ŠTĚTKA Václav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 17/04/41, aged 26, his Wellington R1599 shot down by Me110 night fighter whilst returning from a bombing raid on Cologne, Germany. Aircraft crashed at 23:39 at Kelpen (Limburg) 9 km South East of Weert, Holland. No survivors from the crash. He is buried at Jonkerbos War Cemetery, Nijmegen, Holland.

STOČEK Milan Maxmilián Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 25/05/41, aged 22, Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

STRACHOŇ Přibyslav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 22, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

ŠVIC Miloslav P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 04/06/41, aged 24, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

SVOBODA Jindřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/01/42, aged 24, his Wellington, T2971, was on a bombing raid on Bremen, flak above the target damaged the aircraft causing it to crash near Tilburg, Holland. His grave is at Gilzerbaan General cemetery, Tilburg, Holland.

SVOBODA Josef Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 30, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

TALÁB Josef Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 14/04/42, aged 33, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

TOLAR Alois P/O,

Navigator, 311 Sqn – † 03/03/42, aged 27, his Wellington Ic, KX-Y Z1070, was shot down near Creil, France, whilst on a bombing raid to Paris. He is buried at Creil Communal Cemetery.

TOMÁNEK Josef Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 02/01/42, aged 23, his Wellington KX-B T2553 lost in the North Sea, off the Dutch coast, following a raid on Wilhelmshaven. He survived the crash but died from exposure in a dinghy during the six days at sea. He is remembered on panel 53 at the Runnymede Memorial.

TOŠOVSKÝ Oldřich Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 23, his Wellington L7786, crashed near Coddenham, Suffolk, during a training flight. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

TOUL Jaromír P/O,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 16/12/40, aged 23, his Wellington KX-Q, T2577, crashed at East Wretham on take-off for a bombing raid on Mannheim, Germany. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

VÁCLAVEK Arnošt Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 16/11/41, aged 24, Wellington KX-E Z8966 damaged by flak during a bombing raid on Keil, Germany. On return flight crashed in Irish Sea, 20 km South West off St Bees Head, Cumberland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 53 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALACH Karel Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 23/06/41, aged 23, his Wellington KX-T T2990 returning from a bombing raid on Bremen shot down by night fighter over the North Sea 20 km West of Petten, Holland. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 37 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALENTA Arnošt F/Lt,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 31/03/44, aged 31, Captured when the navigator of his Wellington, L7842, became disorientated and landed in error on a Luftwaffe airfield, near Bolougne, France. All the crew were captured and became prisoners of war. He was one of the 76 Allied airmen who participated in the Great Escape from Stalag Luft III PoW camp in Poland. Shortly after he was captured and was one of the 50 Allied airmen who were executed by the Gestapo in reprisal for that escape. His ashes are interred at the Old Garrison Cemetery, Poznan, Poland.

VALEŠ Václav Sgt,

Air Gunner, 311 Sqn. – † 20/07/41, aged 26, his Wellington KX-F R1371 shot down by night fighter over the North Sea following a bombing raid on Hanover, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 54 on the Runnymede Memorial.

VALOŠEK Oskar Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn. – † 01/10/40, aged 24, his Wellington R9649 crashed at Elton, Peterborough during a training flight. He is buried at Eastfield cemetery, Peterborough.

VARJAN Pavel Sgt,

Wireless Operator / Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 14/04/42, aged 30, his Wellington Z1098 was damaged by flak over the target on a bombing raid on Dortmund, on the return flight was shot down by a Luftwaffe Me110 over Holland and crashed near Boshoven, northwest of Weert. He is buried at Woensel General Cemetery, near Eindhoven, Holland.

VEJRAŽKA Miloslav P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 17/10/40, aged 29, his Wellington N2773, KX-X, became iced up whilst returning from a bombing mission to Bremen, Germany. Having managed to reach the UK coast, the Captain, Flt/Lt Josef Šnajdr, ordered the crew to bail-out. He landed safely near East Farm, West Willoughby, Grantham, Lincolnshire, but was accidentally shot dead by a member of the Home Guard. He is buried at All Saints churchyard, Honington, Suffolk.

VESELÝ Jan S/Ldr,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 34, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

WEISS Karel W/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 21/01/42, aged 32, his Wellington KX-D DV515 lost without trace in the North Sea on following a bombing raid to Bremen, Germany. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 73 on the Runnymede Memorial.

ZAPLETAL František Sgt,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 16/10/40, aged 30, his Wellington N2771, hit barrage balloon at 21:45 and crashed near Bentley Priory, Middx with no survivors. Grave at Harrow [Pinner] New cemetery, London.

ZEIGLER [Zetland] Jindřich Otto [Henry Osbert] F/O,

Air Gunner, 104 Sqn – † 05/05/44, aged 41, shot down on bombing raid. His grave is at Budapest War Cemetery, Budapest, Hungary.

ZEINERT Stanislav P/O,

Pilot, 311 Sqn – † 26/05/41, aged 25, his Wellington N3010 crashed at the start of a training flight at Langham, Norfolk. His grave is at St. Ethelbert churchyard, East Wretham, Norfolk.

ZIMMER Antonín P/O,

Wireless Operator, 311 Sqn – † 15/09/41, aged 27, his Wellington R1015 shot down by flak over Holland whilst on a bombing raid to Hamburg, aircraft crashed near Andervenne, Germany. Grave at Reichswald Forest War Cemetery, Germany.

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Location Information:

The Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, London is located in Picadilly, opposite the RAF Club. It is betwwen Hyde Park Corner and Green Park underground stations.

Address:
Bomber Command Memorial, Green Park, Piccadilly, London W1 7JZ.
GPS Location:
51°30’15” N 0°8’55” W.
Map Location:
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2 Responses to Bomber Command Memorial Ceremony – 30 June 2019.

  1. Helena says:

    A poem by Navigator of Czechoslovak No. 311 Sqn dedicated to his combatants:
    Co přešlo bouří,
    pohod oblačných,
    co lidí zhynulo
    daleko na moři.
    Na mrtvé vzpomeňte,
    že byli jedni z nás,
    životy jejich žijeme
    bez nářků – bez okras.
    Honor their memory.

  2. Gina Hearn says:

    How wonderful to read about all those heroes. My father was Rudolf Poledník who survived the war, and was always grateful to Britain for giving him a home, but for the first time, I can see what happened to my father’s best pal. We have several photos of them together, but I never knew what happened to him until now.

    RAISKUP František F/Sgt, Wireless Operator/Air Gunner, 311 Sqn – † 12/03/42, aged 28, Wellington KX-P R1802 crashed in the North Sea due to icing up whilst on a bombing raid to Keil. His body was never found and he is commemorated on panel 92 on the Runnymede Memorial.

    And of course, their names are all now commemorated on the wonderful Winged Lion memorial on Malostranská in Prague as well.

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