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Czechoslovak RAF Pilots - Pisek, Czech Republic
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N 49° 18.616 E 014° 08.819
33U E 437997 N 5462297
Quick Description: The monument is devoted to Czech heroes of WWII and has kept its original appearance as a broken propeller blade.
Location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 4/5/2015 10:50:54 AM
Waymark Code: WMNMQE
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member iconions
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Long Description:
The most of Czechoslovak pilots served during WWII in No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF bomber squadron of the Royal Air Force (visit link) and in No. 310 (Czechoslovak) fighter Squadron RAF during the Second World War.

About No. 310 Squadron RAF
it was first formed on 10 July 1940 at RAF Duxford, equipped with Hawker Hurricane I fighters and was the first RAF squadron to be raised crewed by foreign nationals, in this case escaped Czechoslovak pilots. Led by Squadron Leader Douglas Blackwood and using experienced pilots the squadron was operational in only a month and as part of 12 Group became involved in the Battle of Britain as part of the Duxford 'Big Wing'. 37.5 victories were claimed during the battle.

Source and more information: (visit link)

About No. 311 Squadron RAF
t was first formed at RAF Honington on 29 July 1940,[3] equipped with Wellington I bombers and crewed mostly by Czechoslovak aircrew who had escaped from Europe. It was transferred from Bomber Command to Coastal Command in April 1942 to carry out maritime patrol work. It re-equipped with Consolidated Liberator bombers in June 1943 and continued in anti-submarine work but now over the Bay of Biscay. The squadron was responsible for the sinking of the German blockade runner Alsterufer on December 28 1943 prior to the Battle of the Bay of Biscay.

Source and more information: (visit link)


Memorial Inscription:
CZ: K pocte hrdinum, kterí bojovali v letech 1939 – 1945 proti nacistickému Nemecku v Ceskoslovenských stíhacích a bombardovacích perutích RAF v Anglii
AC2 Josef Bauer – Dolní Novosedly, F/Sgt. Karel Burda – Milevsko, F/Sgt. Václav Capek – Pametice, F/O František Famfule – Mirovice, F/O Jaroslav Friedl - +Písek, AC2 Jan Hanus – Údraž, AC2 Jan Jelínek – Sepekov, F/Sgt. Jan Jerábek – Milevsko, F/Lt. Miroslav Kopecký – Hrejkovice, F/O Jaroslav Krátký – Protivín, Sgt. Jirí Mareš – Níkovice, P/O Jan Matejka - +Písek, S/Ldr. Jaroslav Muzika – Cimelice, F/Lt. Josef Nemecek – Drhovle, F/O Karel Papoušek – Milevsko, Sgt. Miroslav Plecitý – Písek, Sgt. Rudolf Procházka – Písek, S/Ldr. Václav Raba – Protivín, Sgt. Miroslav Slavík - Kucer, AC2 Zdenek Strakatý – Zlivice, AC2 František Strnad – Drahenicky, F/Lt. Josef Stríbrný - Písek, Sgt. Bohumil Šíma – Sepekov, F/Lt. Stanislav Vydrár.Kent – Písek, Cet.Ing. Václav Pešicka – Hostín padl v Polsku 1939.

To honor the heroes who fought in the years 1939 - 1945 against Nazi Germany in the Czechoslovak fighter and bomber squadron RAF in England
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