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Remembered in Egypt

On 29 March, the Defence Office at the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Cairo, remembered F/O Vlastimil Skákal, when they visited his grave. He was a Czechoslovak who served in the RAF during WW2 and in 2005 died in Cairo. … Continue reading

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Zivotni pout pilota Karla Knaifla

Životní pouť pilota Karla Knaifla Jeden ze zapomenutých… od Jan Valíček Karel Knaifl (17. května 1914 Hořice – 24. července 1988 Pardubice) byl bojový pilot, který sloužil v období 2. světové války u Royal Air Force. Vojenskou službu nastoupil v … Continue reading

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Nieuwe Niedorp excavation

Odkrývání Wellingtonu T2990 v Neiuwe Niedorp A recent initiative by the Dutch Ministry of the Interior for the excavation of some thirty WW2 aircraft crash sites, in Holland, in a final endeavour to recover the remains of airmen in those … Continue reading

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Escape from France to England

František Petr recalls his dramatic airbourne escape from France to England in June 1940. _______________________________________________________________ František Petr joined Armée de l’Air 65th Escadrille de Bombment 112 Battalion after initial training, he was posted to 21 Escadrille de Corteau as an … Continue reading

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Remembering the 88

Remembering the 88 Czechoslovak pilots who flew in the Battle of Britain. Připomínáme si 88 československých pilotů, kteří létali v bitvě o Británii The Battle of Britain took place between 10 July and 31 October 1940 with some 2,938 Allied … Continue reading

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More Czechoslovak connection at the Kent BoB Museum

Další československé prolnutí do Kent Battle of Britain Museum There is now a new Czechoslovak exhibit at the world-renowned Kent Battle of Britain Museum, Kent. Following re-researching of records and new information regarding recovered items from a Hurricane excavation near … Continue reading

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North American Harvard

History The Harvard originated as an entry for the US Army Air Corps “Basic Combat” aircraft competition in March 1937. The requirement was for a basic trainer capable of simulating the feel of a combat aircraft. The competition was won … Continue reading

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Leopold Srom

Leopold ŠROM …………….* 08.09.1917., Chrlice, Brno. …………….† 11.10.1968., Kladno. The Early Years Leopold Šrom was born on 8 September 1917 in Chrlice near Brno where, from 1923, he attended the local school; he then continued his education for three years … Continue reading

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Recollections of Jiri Manak

The unedited recollections of S/Ldr Jiří Maňák about his escape from Czechoslovakia in 1939 to Poland, his journey to France, joining l’Arme d’Air, evacuation from France, joining the RAF, being shot down over Holland and his time as a Prisoner … Continue reading

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Wellington byl jejich osud

Wellington byl jejich osud Životní příběh Sgt Jaromíra Drmelky, pilota 311. bombardovací perutě RAF. od Daniel Švec Kniha vypráví životní příběh, popisuje osud, jeden z mnoha. Jeden z tisíců. Životní pouť pilota – letce. Jaromír Drmelka své první letecké krůčky … Continue reading

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