Category Archives: France

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 Stehlik – 100th Anniversary

On Saturday, March 28 2015 at 10:00 am the Municipal of Slavičín, the Slavičín Library and the Historical Club of Slavičín invite you to the unveiling of a memorial plaque to Col. Josef Stehlik to commemorate the 100th anniversary of … Continue reading

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A short history of the Czechoslovak Air Force in WW2 and the Post-War Period

by Marcel Ludikar In 1938 the Czechoslovak Army Air Force was one of the most modern Air Forces of Europe, determined to fight in the threatened conflict for the freedom and integrity of its country. However, the morale of its … Continue reading

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Moliens remembers Josef Bendl

Josef Bendl est l’un des premiers pilotes tchécoslovaques tués au combat en France en 1940. Lors de la commémoration du 11 novembre 2013, les élèves des classes de CE1 et CE2/CM1 de l’école élémentaire de Moliens ont présenté un travail … Continue reading

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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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