Category Archives: POW

Czech the Great Escape

The night of 24/25 March 1944 saw the most audacious Prisoner of War (PoW) escapes take place from Stalag Luft III (Stammlager Luft or Permanent Camps for Airmen) at Sagan, Germany (now Żagań, Upper Silesia, Poland), 100 miles south-east of … Continue reading

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An RAF airman’s life in Communist Czechoslovakia

Život příslušníka RAF v době komunismu Major General Alois Šiška, my late father, would have celebrated his hundredth birthday on 15th May 2014. His wartime story is well known because of Wellington KX-B North Sea crash-landing following the bombing raid … Continue reading

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Arnost Valenta – One of the Fifty

The early years. Raná léta. Arnošt Valenta was born on 25 October 1912 in the small mountain village of Svébohov, near Zábřeh, which was about 50 km north of Olomouc in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia. His parents, Adolf and … Continue reading

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Colditz Tale

. It started out as just a visit to a military site of historic interest………….!. In planning our return trip from the Czech Republic we found ourselves passing close to the town of Colditz in the former German Democratic Republic. … Continue reading

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Jaroslav Nyc

. A Brief Biography of W/O Jaroslav Nýč (Formerly of 311 (Czechoslovakian) Sqn RAF) Adapted from an article in ‘The Roundel’ – the station magazine of RAF Bahrain (Sept’ 1963) As a boy Jaroslav Nýč always wanted to fly and … Continue reading

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Pavel Svoboda remembers

Recollections of W/O Pavel Svoboda, Air Gunner with 311 Czechoslovak Sqn:- I was born on 28 June 1916 at Bohuslavice u Kyjova, Hodonín, Czechoslovakia. In 1939, I was studying at the Law Faculty of Masaryk University, Brno, Czechoslovakia. I was … Continue reading

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Arnost Zabrs remembers

Recollections of W/O Arnošt Zábrš, pilot with 311 Czechoslovak Sqn: I was born on the 19.4.1912 in Brno (Brunn), Czechoslovakia, son of a man, who died at the end of the world-war one, as a consequence of that war and … Continue reading

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Karel Valasek – Evasion and PoW

P/O Karel Valášek was serving as a pilot with 313 Sqn. when he was shot down in his Spitfire over France. His story of his evasion, capture and being a PoW is: On the 21st of May 1944, I was … Continue reading

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Karel Stastny – PoW

. The account of W/O Karel Šťastný, a pilot with 311 Sqn, as a Prisoner of War, by M. Vincent: Almost from the outset, Karel’s crew was to become acquainted with anti-aircraft fire during bombing raids, but there was none … Continue reading

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Czechoslovak Prisoners of War

For members of the Czechoslovak Armed Forces during WW2 the possibility of German captivity represented an extreme personal risk. Czechoslovakia had been broken up before the war started and, from the viewpoint of the legislation of Nazi Germany, it did … Continue reading

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