On 10 June, concluding a busy week in Kent for rememberance of the 88 Czechoslovak Battle of Britain pilots. H.E.Róbert Ondrejcsák and Col Vladimír Stolárik, Defence Attaché from the Slovak Embassy, London came the Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Hawkinge and The National Battle of Britain Memorial, Capel le Ferne for a whistle stop tour.
This was Ambassador Ondrejcsák’s first visit visit to these location since his appointment to London taking office in London in January 2021. Col Stolárik had previously visited the museum in October 2020 with H.E. Ľubomír Rehák, the previous Slovak Ambassador.
At The Kent Battle of Britain Museum they had a guided tour around the musuem’ exhibits and in particular those pertinent to Czechoslovak pilots, by museum volunteers. The Ambassador Ondrejcsák also had the opportunity to inspect the cockpit of the Heinkel He III, one of only two Heinkels in Great Britain.
The visit concluded with Ambassador Ondrejcsák laying a Royal British Legion cross in remembrance of F/O Tomaš Glaser, a Czechoslovak pilot with 1 Sqn, who was killed in a flying accident at RAF Hawkinge on 27 September 1945.
Final stop of this whistle stop visit was The National Battle of Britain Memorial at Capel le Ferne Kent. The Foxley- Norris wall has the names of 2938 Allied Batle of Britain airmen’s names inscribed on it, 88 of whom were Czechoslovak, 2 of which – Ján Ambruš and Jozef Kania – were Slovak.
At the pilot’s memorial, a wreath was laid by Ambassador Ondrejcsák on behalf of the Slovak Republic.
A hasty departure was then made for a mid-afternoon meeting in London for the Ambassador. We look forward to them revisiting in the future.