Category Archives: Autobiography

Jiri Hartman – The road to my 2nd Exile

S/Ldr Jiří Hartman DFC was a pre-WW2 member of the Czechoslovak Air Force, after the German occupation in March 1939 he escaped to Poland and then onto France where he served in l’Armee d’Air. When France capitulated in June 1940 … Continue reading

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Meeting again after many years – Josef Scerba

Setkání po létech Meeting again after many years. Jako bývalí příslušníci 311. československé bombardovací squadrony RAF, členové osádky Wellingtonu kódového označení KX-B, kterří přežili havárii v Sererním moři poté, co byl náš letoun dne 28. 12. 1941 zasažen nad Wilhelmshafenem, … Continue reading

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Leo Anderle broadcast

The translated script of a radio broadcast made on the BBC by Pilot Sergeant Leo Anderle to his homeland c. 1941: Up to this present time I am already on operations eight times against the enemy, and now I am … Continue reading

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Ladislav Zadrobilek – Debden Burning aircraft

W/O Ladislav Zadrobílek recalls his fatefull flight on 14 March 1942 with 111 Sqn, when his Spitfire Mk Vb R7192, JU-Y crashed into Spitfire BL429 JU-E flown by his squadron C/O S/Ldr Brotchie : It was a lovely spring day. … Continue reading

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2nd Exile – Miroslav Liskutin

An extract from S/Ldr Miroslav Liškutín DFC, AFC’s autobiography ‘Stormy Skies – Reminiscences of an Aviator’ recalling his experiences following the Communist putsch in Czechoslovakia in February 1948. During the late Autumn of 1947 I became somehow alarmed with the … Continue reading

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Josef Balejka – My Early Days

An extract from ‘A Flier of Broomsticks no Longer – the autobiography of Josef Balejka’ where he recalls his training to be a pilot, becoming a pilot in the Czechoslovak Air Force and fighting with the Polish Air Force, in … Continue reading

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„JOE“

. . „JOE“ Navigátor od třistajedenáctky z Joe Doubek . . Skutečný příběh jednoho československého vlastence, jehož nepřáteli byli předváleční Němci a poválečné zlo Komunistické strany, který byl připraven riskovat svůj život a svobodu k obraně práv svého národa proti … Continue reading

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Prague Pimpernel – review

. . Prague Pimpernel by Joe Doubek . . . The True Story of one Czechoslovak patriot, whose enemies were pre-war arrogant Germans and a post-war evil Communist party, who was prepared to risk his life and freedom to defend … Continue reading

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Prague Pimpernel

. . Prague Pimpernel by Joe Doubek . . . From a steady humdrum career as a young accountant, Joe Doubek was suddenly pitchforked into a life of danger, adventure and high drama by Adolf Hitler’s brutal seizure of Czechoslovakia … Continue reading

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Story of a Bohemian

. . Story of a Bohemian by Jan Shuster (Šustr) . .… .… .… This is the story of the author’s early childhood in Czechoslovakia, through to his escape after the German invasion. It is not a story of heroics … Continue reading

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