Category Archives: Victim of Communism

Frantisek Weber – one of ‘The Few’

An enquiry in early 2011 by a private collector of Czechoslovak RAF memorabilia, to the Mayor of the Town Hall at Prague 6, regarding a possible memorial plaque on the house where S/Ldr František Weber had lived in their district … Continue reading

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Bohumir Fürst – One of the Few

Bohumír Fürst Jeden z hrstky * 10 January 1909 † 2 January 1978 Pre WW2 Před 2. svět. válkou Bohumír Fürst was born 10 January 1909 at Opatovice, in the Moravia region of Czechoslovakia. He was the son of a … Continue reading

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Vladimir Nedved remembered

W/Cmdr Vladimír Nedvěd MBE, DFC, CMC, TGM Vladimír Nedvěd, who was to become the youngest Commanding Officer of 311 Sqn, was born on 27 March 1917 in the maternity hospital at Brno, Czechoslovakia. His early years were in Kyjov a … Continue reading

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Forgotten Heroes – Dark Blue World

. When Otto Smik’s body was finally sent home to be buried in Slovakia in 1994, he was accorded a hero’s return – unlike so many other Czechoslovakian airmen who flew for the RAF. SARAH HANNA of the Old Flying … Continue reading

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The Forgotten Men

A Czech documentary giving first hand accounts about Czechoslovak airmen who had flown in the RAF in WW2 who were persecuted by the Communist Czechoslovak authorities after they came to power in Czechoslovakia in February 1948. In English and Czech, … Continue reading

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Escape from Prague

. . Escape Flight from Prague by Capt. E.M. Prchal . . My story begins in February 1948, when I landed at Prague aerodrome after a three-week flight to and from India. I was returning to a country griped by … 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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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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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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Oldrich Dolezal – the Cunning Old Fox

‘The Cunning Old Fox’ ‘Starý mazaný Lišák’ Oldřich Doležal ………………………..* 1 March 1912 ………………………..† 28 November 1983 Oldřich Doležal was born 1 March 1912, in Ostrava, Czechoslovakia, which at that time was part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire. He was the … Continue reading

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