Category Archives: Biography

Posledni let Wellingtonu T2624

Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624 Válečný deník Sgt Otakara Janůje, radiotelegrafisty 311. čs. bombardovací perutě RAF od Pavel Vančata & Marian Buštík Otakar Janůj patřil do nepříliš početné skupiny příslušníků předválečného policejního uniformovaného sboru, kteří před službou protektorátním úřadům dali přednost … 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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Pokoritel Alsterufera / The humiliator of the Alsterufer

Pokoritel Alsterufera The humiliator of the Alsterufer by Pavol Vitko This book is published by the Military Support Foundation, a Slovak military charity organisation. The publication is compiled and written by military journalist Pavol Vitko, and also contains a specialist … Continue reading

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Adolf Vrana – One of the Few

Adolf ‘Ada’ Vrána – jeden z “mála …………………….* 27. 10. 1908. …………………….† 25. 02. 1997. Pre-WW2: Před druhou světovou válkou: Adolf ‘Ada’ Vrána was born at Nové Pace on 27 October 1908, the second-born son of Josef Vrána, a police … Continue reading

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Jaroslav Sterbacek – the first Czechoslovak RAF loss

The 31 August 2018 is the 78th anniversary of the loss of P/O Jaroslav Štěbáček, pilot with 310 (Czechoslovak) Sqn. during the Battle of Britain. Na datum 31.srpna 2018 připadá 78. výročí úmrtí P/O Jaroslava Štěrbáčka, pilota 310. (československé) perutě … Continue reading

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Vladimir Zaoral – One of the Few

Vladimír Zaoral – jeden z “mála …………………….* 05. 02. 1915. …………………….† 19. 11. 1941. Pre WW2 Období před druhou světovou válkou Vladimír Zaoral was born on 5 February 1915 at Tvorovice, near Prostějov, he later moved with his mother, Marie … Continue reading

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Jiri Mikulecky – Memorial Plaque unveiled

On 9 June 2018, a memorial plaque was unveiled at Sloupnice for F/Lt Jiří Mikulecký 312 Sqn pilot who was born in the village. The plaque was unveiled by Mr Josef Škeřík, Mayor of the village and Mrs Jan Stott, … Continue reading

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Ivan Otto Schwarz – last of the ‘Alsterufer’ aircrew

The Early Years Ivan Otto Schwarz was born on 11 December 1923 in Bratislava, Czechoslovakia – now the capital of the Slovak Republic – but grew up in Veľká Bytča, a district of Bytča, a rural town between Bratislava and … Continue reading

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Emil Bocek – Strach jsem si nepripoustel

Emil Boček. Strach jsem si nepřipouštěl od Jiří Plachý Životní příběh Emila Bočka je vpravdě fascinující. Narodil se roku 1923 v Brně, odkud odešel tajně na konci roku 1939, balkánskou cestou se dostal do Bejrútu. Jako vojín pěšího pluku se … Continue reading

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My Exile 1939-1945 – Tomas Lowenstein

Tomáš Löwenstein was born into a Jewish family in Prague, Czechoslovakia on 01/08/24, during WW2 he served in 311 Sqn as a Wireless Operator and later with 111 OTU in the Bahamas. Some of his recollections of those times are … Continue reading

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