Category Archives: Ace

President Benes awards medals

London 30 July 1942, President Beneš awards the Czechoslovak Válečný kříž 1939 medal to W/Cmdr Max Aitkin, S/Ldr James MacLachlan DSO, DFC and Karel Kuttelwascher DFC and bar.

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Karel Kuttelwascher interview

A wartime interview with Karel Kuttelwascher, the most successful Czechoslovak RAF fighter pilot of WW2.

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Karel Kuttelwascher – The Night Reaper

Flying with the Royal Air Force’s famed No 1 Squadron, in just three months of 1942, the Czech pilot Flight Lieutenant Karel Kuttelwascher destroyed 15 bombers and damaged a further five. On one memorable occasion, he knocked out three Heinkel … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek – Otaslavice 2013

5.10.2013 v 09 hodin 30 minut ráno, jsme se sešli na Obecním úřadě v Otaslavicích, kde nás přivítal starosta obce Otaslavice ing. Rostislav Drnovský. On 5th Oct 2013 at 9:30 am, we met at the Community Hall in Otaslavice, where … Continue reading

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Josef Frantisek remembered 2012

. Josef František * 7 October 1914 † 8 October 1940 6. října 2012, návštěvníci se před obecním úřadem v Otaslavicích začali scházet v 10 hodin 30 minut. Přítomné přivítali starosta a tajemník obce Otaslavavic. V 11 hodin se přítomní … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes – Dark Blue World

. When Otto Smik’s body was finally sent home to be buried in Slovakia in 1994, he was accorded a hero’s return – unlike so many other Czechoslovakian airmen who flew for the RAF. SARAH HANNA of the Old Flying … Continue reading

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Brothers in Arms Exhibition – RAF Museum, London

. . Airmen of Poland and Czechoslovakia in the Battle of Britain & Beyond. An exhibition at the RAF Museum, Hendon, London. 16 September 2011 – 4 March 2012 More details here . .

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Josef Frantisek remembered 2011

. Josef František The highest scoring RAF pilot in the Battle of Britain with 17 Luftwaffe aircraft shot down in 28 days and the distinction of being the first foreign pilot to be awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal. Dosáhl nejvyššího … Continue reading

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Frantisek Perina remembered

Vzpominka na Františka Peřinu On 9 April 2011 the village of Morkůvky, nr Brno in the Moravian Region of the Czech Republic, commemorated the 100th Anniversary of the birth its most famous son: Dne 9. dubna 2011 nedaleko Brna v … Continue reading

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Frantisek Perina

General of the Skies Generál nebe František Peřina * 8 April 1911 † 6 May 2006 František Peřina was born 8 April 1911 in the village of Morkůvky. The village was in a remote farming area about 30km from Brno … Continue reading

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