Category Archives: Into exile

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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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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Eduard Prchal – One of the Few

Eduard Prchal Jeden z hrstky ………………………..* 1 January 1911 ………………………..† 4 December 1984 Eduard Maximilian Prchal was born 1 January 1911 at Dolní Břežany, near, Prague. His father, František, was at that time a cabinet maker and his mother Božena … Continue reading

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Communist take-over February 1948

. On returning to his homeland in 1945 Karel Machaček, an ex-311 Sqn Doctor, served in the Czechoslovak Air Force HQ, at Prague. Initially with the rank of Major and by January 1948 he held the rank of Brigadier General. … Continue reading

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Flight to Freedom – Karel Stastny

. FLIGHT TO FREEDOM – Karel Šťastný’s airborne escape to England on 14 June 1948: At the time, late in January, 1948 that the new Government was set up under Communist Leadership, Karel was stationed at Bratislava and thus separated … 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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Frantisek Bekr

We would like to contact: DRAHOMIR VALERIE daughter of F/Lt František Bekr 787627 (162683) who served as an Engineering Officer in 310 Sqn. RAF. František was born 28 July 1913 in Pecka, Nová Paka, Czechoslovakia. In August 1941 he married Mary Edith Snowdon  and 12 … Continue reading

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They Flew to Exile after 1950

Úlety do exilu po roce 1950 In the aftermath of the triple hijack of March 1950, the Communist Authorities, who themselves had been trained in the Soviet Union during WW2 and were now recieving their orders Moscow, undertook severe measures … Continue reading

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