Category Archives: France

Karel Stastny – to the RAF

The story of W/O Karel Šťastný’s escape from his homeland in 1939 and his road to England, via Poland and France to England where joined the RAF and served as a pilot with 311 Sqn, by M. Vincent: Příběh W/A … Continue reading

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La Bataille de France Volume XV: Les Tcheques

. An interesting French publication giving a detailed French perspective about the Czechoslovak airmen who served in l’Arme d’Air in France and fought in the fierce, but brief, Battle of France until the French capitulation in June 1940. The publication … Continue reading

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Ladislav Svetlik

Odešlo poslední československé stíhací eso. In memoriam Ladislav Svetlik 1917-2008 ‘SVETLIK Ladislav (Larry). Ex-Czech Air Force; Ex-French Air Force, Lafayette; R.A.F., Czech Squadron 312, Service No. 117371, FLT LIEUT WWII. On July 27, 2008; In his 92nd year, dearly loved … Continue reading

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Arnost Mrtvy – to Poland and France

. When Germany occupied Czechoslovakia on 15 March 1939, Arnošt Mrtvý was serving in the Czechoslovak Air Force. Within days of the occupation the Air Force was disbanded. Arnošt, like many other of his fellow Air Force collegues, decided to … Continue reading

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Josef Balejka

Josef Balejka ………………………..* 4 March 1914 ………………………..† 7 July 2004 Josef Alois Balejka se narodil 4. března 1917 na Moravě v městečku Valašské Klobouky, ležícím v údolí Bílých Karpat na moravsko-slovenském pomezí. Jeho rodiče byli nemajetní, kteří stejně jako většina … Continue reading

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Not Forgotten – France

Map key: Cemetery: Town: 1 Pihen-les-Guines Communal Cemetery Pas de Calais 2 Calais Canadian War Cemetery Pas de Calais 3 Boulogne Eastern Cemetery Boulogne 4 Etaples Military Cemetery Etaples 5 La Targette Pas de Calais 6 St. Valery-en-Caux Franco-British Cemetery … Continue reading

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Shot down – Frantisek Fajtl

. On 5 May 1942, S/Ldr František Fajtl DFC participated in the ill-fated Circus 157 over Northern France. During this mission he was shot down and his account of his successful evasion and return to England is: The weather was … Continue reading

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Journey into the unknown

. F/Sgt Bohumil Ryšánek served as a Navigator in 311 Sqn. In 1939, as a 25 years old, he chose to leave his homeland and take up arms against the German occupiers. His story of his route to England where … Continue reading

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Karel Bednarik

. . . . Karel Bednařík . . * 19 December 1920 † 26 February 2011 . . . . . Karel Bednařík was born on 19 December 1920, in Holešov in the Moravian region of Czechoslovakia. In 1934, after … Continue reading

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The Long Trip in 1940

. The autobiographical story of F/O Jaroslav Polivka’s escape from German occupied Czechoslovakia to England: I hadn’t known Mírek for very long prior to our from Prague. I met him first on a canoe trip I took with Otak and … Continue reading

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