Category Archives: Ace

Josef Frantisek – 80th Anniversary

On 10 October 2020, a ceremony was held at Otaslavice to commemorate the 80th anniversary of its most famous son – Sgt Josef František – who lost his life during a flying incident when returning from a combat patrol on … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek – 08.10.1940.

An English/Czech biography for him is here. Jeho českou a anglickou biografii najdete zde.

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Honour to the Czech Cloverleaf

Tribute to the Czech cloverleaf. Pocta Českému čtyřlístku. On 4 September 1939, the Czechoslovak Aviation unit, was formed at Puławy Gora airfield, Poland and commanded by Captain Bohumil Liška. The unit had 60 Czechoslovaks consisting of pilots, maintenance, and technical … Continue reading

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Otto Smik – De Tsjechoslowaakse oorlogsvlieger die twee keer in Nederland neerstortte

Otto Smik – De Tsjechoslowaakse oorlogsvlieger die twee keer in Nederland neerstortte od Dr Jiri Rajlich “Otto Smik. De Tsjechoslowaakse piloot die twee keer in Nederland neerstortte” vertelt het boeiende en ook tragische verhaal van een tiener die in het … Continue reading

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Emil Fechtner – One of the Few

Emil FECHTNER – Jeden z hrstky ………………..* 16.10.1916. Prague. ………………..† 29.10.1940. Whittlesford, UK Pre WW2: Před druhou světovou válkou: Emil Fechtner was born on 16 October 1916, in the Žižkov District of Prague, Czechoslovakia. The family later moved to Hradec … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek – 79th Anniversary – 08.10.1940.

The 8 October 2019 is the 79th anniversary of the death of Josef František who, at the time of his death, was the most successful Allied pilot of the Battle of Britain. His untimely death, in a flying accident, came … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek – Remembered Today

The 7 October 2018 is the 105th anniversary of the birth of Josef František in Dolní Otaslavice, Czechoslovakia. He was the most successful Allied fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain with 17 Luftwaffe aircraft shot down in 28 days … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek – Top-scoring Battle of Britain Pilot

Peter Sharpe and Chris John examine the brief but fiery career of the top-scoring Battle of Britain pilot. AMONG HIS CZECH countrymen, known for their sober and mannerly temperament, Josef František was the exception who proved the rule. He should … Continue reading

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Josef Dygryn – 100th anniversary Remembrance

On 10 March 2018, a ceremony was held at the Sv. Jiří church, Lhotice in commemoration of the 100th Anniversary of Sgt Josef DYGRÝN DFM, 1 Sqn pilot. The day’s event concluded at the Josef DYGRÝN memorial plaque at the … Continue reading

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Night Hawk

Night Hawk Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and BAR, the RAF’s Greatest Night Intruder Ace by Roger Darlington Draws not just on official RAF records, but the personal log book and combat reports of the ace plus family records, letters … Continue reading

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