Category Archives: Victim of Communism

Ladislav Svetlik – Memorial Plaque unveiled

V sobotu 25. března ve 14 hodin byl zahájen před domem v 38. Plzenecké ulici v Plzni Slovanech vzpomínkový akt na Ladislava Světlíka stíhacího pilota československého a britského královského letectva RAF. At 14:00 on Saturday, 25 March 25 at 38 … Continue reading

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Ladislav Svetlik – Plzen 25.3.2017

V rozhovoru Českého rozhlasu Plzeň pozval Daniel Švec posluchače na vzpomínkový akt na Ladislava Světlíka Více informací o Ladislav Světlík zde a zde

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Jiri Hartman – The road to my 2nd Exile

S/Ldr Jiří Hartman DFC was a pre-WW2 member of the Czechoslovak Air Force, after the German occupation in March 1939 he escaped to Poland and then onto France where he served in l’Armee d’Air. When France capitulated in June 1940 … Continue reading

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Eduard Prchal – Dolní Břežany, May 2015

V květnu byla na rodném domě pilota RAF plk. Eduarda Prchala v Dolních Břežanech odhalena pamětní deska. Přítomna byla i jeho dcera, která zavzpomínala nejen na svého otce, ale také na okolnosti jejich dramatického opuštění Československa v září 1950. In … Continue reading

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When Lions Roar

When Lions Roar A brief history of the some 2,500 Czechoslovak airmen who fought with the RAF during World War II. by Nicholas Watson Following the infamous 1938 Munich Agreement that dismembered Czechoslovakia and the inevitable annexation of the rest … Continue reading

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Josef Gruden remembered

At 13:00 22 November 2014 a memorial plaque was unveiled for Josef Gruden at his birth house in the village of Čelina, near Borotice, Czech Republic. 22. listopadu 2014 v 13.00 v České republice, byla v obci Čelina u Borotic, … Continue reading

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Viktor Popelka

The story of Viktor Popelka DFC follows conventional paths with some unconventional detours, such that his life history is unusual, if not unique. His life was abruptly changed as a young man of 22 working towards a career, to be … 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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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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2nd Exile – Miroslav Liskutin

An extract from S/Ldr Miroslav Liškutín DFC, AFC’s autobiography ‘Stormy Skies – Reminiscences of an Aviator’ recalling his experiences following the Communist putsch in Czechoslovakia in February 1948. During the late Autumn of 1947 I became somehow alarmed with the … Continue reading

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