An evening with the Friends of Eduard Prchal Club – 21. 11. 2015.

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Bernard LEBOVIČ [ Peters]

Bernard LEBOVIČ / Peters

* 21/03/19 Lipča-Chust, Podkarpatská Rus, Czechoslovakia.
† 06/08/15 Berkhampstead, UK.


With sadness we must advise that

F/Sgt Bernard LEBOVIČ / Peters, 788486

WW2 Wireless Operator/Air Gunner with 311 Sqn. RAF


6 August 2015, Berkhampstead, UK.


6. 8. 2015. v Berkhampstead, velká Británie.


F/Sgt Bernard LEBOVIČ / Peters, 788486

příslušník 311. bombardovací perutě


Rest in Peace

Čest jeho památce

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Memorial Plaque unveiling 15. 11. 2015 – Bedřich Schäffer [Rohan]



ZŠ a MŠ Moravec a Obec Moravec Vás srdečně zvou

na vzpomínkové odpoledne na moraveckého rodáka

Bedřicha Schäffera

letce záchranné letecké služby v Anglii za II. světové války


neděli 15. 11. 2015

v základní škole



The Elementary and Primary School of Moravec with the village of Moravec cordially invite you

to a commemoration afternoon for Moravec native

Bedřich Schäffer [Rohan]

280 Air-Sea Rescue squadron RAF pilot during World War II in England


Sunday, 15 November 2015

at the Moravec Primary school.


14:00 : odhalení pamětní desky
Unveiling of Commemorative Plaque
14:30 : promítání dokumentárního filmu Nebe nad Evropou a beseda.
Screening of the documentary film Sky over Europe followed by discussion.


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Remembrance 2015

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Congratulations – Imrich Gablech – 100th!

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Brookwood 1 November 2015

The annual gathering to commemorate the founding of Czechoslovak, on 28 October 1918, was held, by the Czechoslovak Memorial, at Brookwood Military cemetery on 1 November 2015.

The ceremony was well attended with HE Ĺubomír Rehák, Ambassador of the Slovak Republic, Antonín Hradilek Acting Head of the Embassy of the Czech Republic, Brigadier General Jaromír Šebesta from Air Force of the Czech Republic, Col. Jiri Svatos, Defence Attache of The Czech Embassy, London and Col. Milan Gavlas Defence Attache of the Slovak Embassy, London providing representation for the Czech and Slovak Republics. Also attending were three Czechoslovak WW2 veterans, widows and numerous relatives of WW2 veterans and well wishers.

Following a welcoming introduction, the opening speech was made by HE Ĺubomír Rehák, in his first visit to Brookwood since his recent appointment to London as Ambassador. His speech, in English, reminded all attendees of the bravery and sacrifices of the Czechoslovak airmen and soldiers who had served in Great Britain during WW2 with Antonín Hradilek speech was on a similar theme. Concluding speech was by Brigadier General Jaromír Šebesta who highlighted the role that Czechoslovak airmen had contributed, while serving in the RAF, to the Allied war effort.

The Czech, Slovak and British National anthems were then played followed by wreaths being laid by attending officials and well wishers. A nice addition to the ceremony was when young children amongst the attendees were invited to lay large poppies by each of the 46 Czechoslovak headstones which are adjacent to the Memorial.

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This year, an additional ceremony was held to dedicate the newly renovated headstone marking the communal grave where the civilian passengers of the tragic Liberator crash, of 5 October 1945, are interred. Congratulations to Vladimír Anděl and Mike Hermann in their initiative in instigating this refurbishment of the original headstone.

The new Memorial plaque, located in front of the headstone, for Edita Sedláková, who had been aboard that ill-fated Liberator was also dedicated. She was the only Czechoslovak WAAF to be killed in RAF Service. Mike Hermann, nephew of Edita, in his speech gave a short biography of Edita and concluded by thanking various people who had helped to achieve this belated recognition for her.

The post-WW2 Czechoslovak plot was colourful this year as apart from Vladimír Anděl usual sterling voluntary work of laying red carnations by each headstone, miniature flags of the Czech Republic and Slovak Republic had also been placed by the headstone as well as numerous red, white and blue poses. A larger version of the two nations flags were also mounted on the tree central in this plot with further colour provided by Spitfire postcards placed, by an unknown person, against the headstones of fighter pilots.

The Czech Embassy again kindly provided Royal British Legion crosses, with Czech flag motif, for attendees to place by headstones of their choice in the post-WW2 plot.

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Czechoslovak RAF Locations map

An online world map showing locations which have a connection to the Czechoslovak men and women who served in the RAF during WW2.

Tato on-line světová mapa ukazuje místa, která mají připomínat československé muže a ženy, kteří sloužili u RAF za druhé světové války.

To enlarge the map to full screen, just click on the square in the top right-hand corner.

Pro zvětšení mapy klikněte na čtverec v pravém horním rohu.

For the menu, click on the square in the top left-hand corner

Pro výběr klikněte na čtverec v levém horním rohu.

This map is an extensive long term project and ‘work in progress’ with locations still to be added.

Tato mapa je dlouhodobý projekt a bude postupně doplňována.

Your assistance to help speed up this project would be much appreciated.
If you can advise us any locations in your area that are not already on the map, it would be appreciated if you could contact us with the details please.

Pro rychlejší doplnění míst, která nejsou na mapě bychom byli velice vděční za jakoukoliv pomoc při pátrání.
Pokud jste objevili nějaká nová místa, která se týkají RAF letců, prosím kontaktujte nás.

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Karel Toman-Mareš remembrance – 3 November 2015.


Dne 3. 11. 2015 ve 14,00 hodin se bude konat pro připomenutí 107. výročí narození

generála Karla Mareše-Tomana, 311 Sqn C/O

vzpomínková akce u jeho hrobu na

Novém hřbitově v Táboře.


To commemorate the 107th anniversary of the birth of

Gen.Maj. Karel Toman-Mareš, 311 Sqn C/O,

a wreath-laying ceremony will be held on

3 November 2015 at 14:00

at his grave at

Nový hřbitov
Nad Sládečkem 481
390 02 Tabor


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East Wretham remembrance – 4 November 2015

On 4 Nov 2015 at East Wretham, Suffolk at 11am there is a memorial service for Czechs, Slovaks and Poles who flew from that airfield.

Anyone welcome.

Address: St. Ethelbert Churchyard, Dark Lane, Wretham, Norfolk IP24 1RJ.
GPS Location: 52°28’47.08″N 00°49’8.89″E
Map Location: View

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Guernsey Allied Aircrew Memorial Dedication

The role of Allied airmen in World War Two was marked by the dedication of a memorial outside Guernsey Airport on 9th September 2015.

It follows more than 50 years of research into the subject by Channel Island aviation historian and Society Archivist John Goodwin, which has found 153 names of those airmen killed in Bailiwick of Guernsey waters during WW2.

The 6m (20ft) tall Allied Aircrew Memorial made as a stainless steel sculpture features representative models of a USAAF B-17 and seven Spitfires. Written around its base are the names of the airmen known to have died off Guernsey, Alderney, Sark and Herm many of whom have no known grave.

Airforce attaches from America, Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the Czech Republic attended the ceremony along with a representative of the Royal Air Force. Brig Gen Dieter E. Bareihs, US defense attache based in London, praised the “special recognition in the memorial to the Mighty Eighth and the United States Air Forces”. He went on to say “I look at the memorial and I see the B-17 flying in formation with the Spitfires and that kind of represents our two countries standing side by side, shoulder to shoulder, not just in World War Two but the legacy that started there and continues to this day.”

John Silvester, chairman of the Allied Aircrew Memorial Committee, said it was fitting the memorial was dedicated in the 70th anniversary year of Guernsey’s liberation from German occupation in World War Two and dedicated around the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain. He said it had only been possible due to help from local contractors, who offered their expertise for free, meaning the memorial cost about half of the originally estimate of £125,000 and of course the generosity of the people of the Bailiwick.

The design of the Memorial involved many local experts and professionals: architects, structural engineers, designers, advertisers, metal welders, concrete experts, builders and lighting designers. The design was always intended to be both striking, appropriate and to match the look of Guernsey’s modern airport. The cost of the monument had been raised by local donations and much of the work carried out ‘pro bono’ by local companies.

Ruri Johnson one of the six Lt. Govoners Cadets who read out the names of the fallen.

John Goodwin at the memorial reads the last three names and places a single white rose for peace.

The very moving and thoughtful dedication service was conducted by the Vice-Dean of Guernsey The Reverend Mike Keirle and during the service the names of the 153 Airmen were read out by six of the Lt. Governors Cadets, whilst a gentle lament was played by a single bagpiper and simultaneously children from the two schools in the Forest Parish, the Forest Primary and Le Rondin School placed a single red rose around the memorial one for every Airman. The last three names were read out by John Goodwin before he placed a single white rose for peace on the memorial.

Two of the 36 children from the Forest Primary and Le Rondin School placing a single red rose around the memorial one for every man named.

wo Guernsey Air Cadets to a drum roll ceremoniously unveil the names.

The Bailiff Sir Richard Collas representing the people of the Bailiwick of Guernsey laid the first wreath followed by wreaths laid by the six Airforce attaches, representatives of the Nations of those on the memorial. The last post was sounded and seconds after the closing speech was a well timed dramatic fly past the memorial by The Battle of Britain Memorial Flight Dakota flying over the memorial. Originally planned to have been the Lancaster, Spitfire and Hurricane the Dakota was a last minute stand-in after the original flight went technical showing the fragility of the aircraft from WW2.

The six air attaches of the RAF, RCAF, RAAF, RNAF, USA and Czech Republic laying their wreaths after the Bailiff salute the memorial.

The dignitaries meet the children who made the event so special linking the past with the present and into the future.

Following the service the dignitaries meet the children and then unveiled six tress planted in memory of the six nations represented on the memorial. Of course many will know the Patron of the Allied Aircrew Memorial fund was the late Air Marshall Sir Peter Walker CB CBE, who died just days before the memorial was officially dedicated and so in tribute to him the last words should be his written before his untimely death.

“I congratulate everyone involved in the production of this permanent
memorial to those aircrew of all the nations who lost their lives in Bailiwick
waters during the course of World War II.

I hope, that in unveiling this memorial today, we will bring comfort and
closure to the relatives of the gallant airmen who died, and that it will serve
for generations to come as a reminder that the privileges we enjoy have
come at the cost of great sacrifice by people from all nations who travelled
in their prime of life far from home, that we may be free.”

The memorial.

Simon Hamon

A website is being developed that will eventually show all the information about the airmen remembered on the memorial.


Two Czechoslovak pilots are amongst the 153 who are commemorated on this memorial.

BLÁHA Josef, 28, F/Sgt, 313 Sqn, Pilot.

* 12/12/14, Šelešovice, Kroměříž.

† 15/01/43, off Guernsey.

Aircraft damaged by flak over France, during attack on German E-boats, crashed in English Channel near Guernsey.His body was never found and is remembered on panel 135 at the Runnymede Memorial.


NOVÁK Jaroslav, 27, F/O, 312 Sqn, Pilot.

* 19/08/15, Ostrava.

† 14/05/43, off Guernsey.

Killed on operational flight over France, in Spitfire EP546, involved in mid air collision with Bedřich KRÁTKORUKÝ’s Spitfire AR546, 10 miles north of Cap de la Hague, and crashed off Guernsey. His body was never found and is remembered on panel 127 at the Runnymede Memorial.


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