Vladimir Nedved

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Vladimír NEDVĚD

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† 31/10/12

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W/Cmdr Vladimír NEDVĚD [82624], MBE, DFC, CVK, TGM

WW2 Pilot and Commanding Officer of 311 Sqn. RAF

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31 October 2012 in Queensland, Australia.

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31. října 2012 v Queensland, Austrálie

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W/Cmdr Vladimír NEDVĚD [82624], MBE, DFC, CVK, TGM

Pilot za 2. světové války a velitel 311. Sqn (perutě) RAF

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Rest in Peace

Čest jeho památce

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Remembrance Day – 11 November 2012

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Remembrance Sunday

11 November 2012

Remembering the Czechoslovak Airmen who died
in World War 2

Vzpomínka na československé letce padlé
v ve druhé světové válce

510 serving in the Royal Air Force
who died 1940/45

510 českosloveských letců padlo po dobu služby v Britském královském letectvu RAF v letech 1940/45.

7 serving in the Polish Air Force
who died in Poland in September 1939

7 československých letců padlo po dobu služby v polském letectvu v září 1939 v Polsku.

27 serving in l’Armée de l’Air
who died in France 1939/40

27 československých letců padlo po dobu služby ve francouzském letectvu – I´Armeé de I´Air v letech 1939/40 ve Francii.

1 serving in Forces Aériennes Françaises Libres [FAFL]
who died in North Africa 1945

1 československý letec zahynul po dobu služby v rámci Forces Aériennes Francaises Libres – FAFL v Severní Africe v roce 1945

8 serving on the Russian Front 1944/45 in the 1st Czechoslovak Independent Fighter Air Regiment and 1st Czechoslovak Mixed Air Division of the Allied Air Forces

8 československých letců padlo po dobu služby na východní frontě v rámci 1. Československého samostatného stíhacího leteckého pluku a 1. Československé smíšené letecké divize.

Prague Memorial to commemorate the Czechoslovak airmen who died in World War 2.
Památník v Praze k uctění památky všech československých letců padlých ve 2. světové válce.

We will remember them

Nikdy na ně nezapomeneme

The assistance of Pristine Image, Jaroslav Popelka and Chris Lock with this article is much appreciated.

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From Coltishall to Karelia!

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The story of Hawker Hurricane Z2768

Hurricane Z2768 was part of the fifth production batch of (1,000) Hurricanes produced by Hawkers during 1940-41 under contract 62305/39. Following completion in February 1941, it was initially delivered to No.5 Maintenance Unit (MU) at Kemble in Gloucestershire, to be temporarily stored. Just short of a month later on the 18th of March it was passed on the 20 MU at Aston Down, further north in Gloucestershire, to be prepared for operational use. A few days later it was collected from Aston Down (quite probably by the ATA) and delivered to 310 (Czech) Squadron at Duxford in Cambridgeshire.

Having been duly coded ‘NN-H’ the aircraft made its first operational sortie during the early evening of March the 23rd 1941, with Sgt Karel Seda at the controls. Although the sortie was uneventful, Z2768 was introduced to operations in good company; five other Hurricanes; Z2312, Z2400, Z2493, Z2661 and Z2671, completed the formation.

Four days later, on the 27th of March, Z2768 came close to contacting the enemy for the first time. Some twelve aircraft were despatched to Coltishall shortly after 0600 hours, to carry out a series of convoy patrols throughout the day. The first pair (red Section) on Patrol encountered a Ju.88 and engaged it. The combat was short and decisive, the enemy aircraft jettisoned its bomb-load and sought refuge in the clouds. Unfortunately, Z2768 with Flying Officer Josef Hybler in the cockpit, was in the second pairing, which was on patrol between 0805 and 0910 hours and didn’t come into contact with the enemy aircraft. Hybler also took the Hurricane up again for a second uneventful patrol later in the afternoon.

On the 30th of March it was Flight Lieutenant Crelin Bodie’s turn to take Z2768 into the air.(Bodie, known to his colleagues as ‘Bodo or Bogle’) was an experienced RAF combat pilot, having fought in the Battle of Britain with 66 Squadron. He was to be killed in action, whilst flying a Spitfire with 152 Squadron, on the 24th of February 1942). He flew two patrols during the afternoon again from Coltishall, but unfortunately it was matter of ‘Duty Carried Out’ and no contact with the enemy was reported. The next day the aircraft was once again involved in a convoy protection (Kipper) patrol between 0925 and 1055 hours.

During the period from April to the middle of June Z2768 was involved in a series of patrols over eastern England and the North Sea. The pilots involved were Sgt’s Karel Seda and Frantisek Mlejnecky, and Pilot Officer Bohuslav Kimlicka. On the 18th of June, operating from West Malling, the aircraft took part in a ‘Big Wing’ Operation between North Foreland and Dover at heights of between 8 and 12,000 feet. On this occasion Squadron Leader Frantisek Weber was the pilot.

On June the 26th the aircraft was involved in carrying out a coastal patrol. The unit was in the throes of moving from Duxford to Martlesham Heath and it was to the latter airfield that Z2768 returned. During the course of the day an unfortunate set of circumstances came about that led to the Hurricane suffering some damage. Pilot Officer Karel Kasal from 313 Squadron flew into the airfield from Catterick. His intention being to visit some of his Czech brothers- in- arms and to apparently drop off a new Czech Flag for the unit. So legend has it, his visit gave rise to some general celebrations and a good time was had by one and all. Upon his departure Karel decided to put on an impromptu display of Spitfire aerobatics. Unfortunately things went somewhat awry and he ended up crashing on the airfield. Spitfire R6709 was write-off and he was injured, suffering cuts and bruising to his head, as a result of which he was taken to Ipswich hospital. It appears, that as he came down with the proverbial ’ bump’ his aircraft made contact with Hurricane Z2768, causing it category ‘B’ damage. The aircraft was repaired by the Station Engineering Flight on site, but didn’t operate again with 310 Squadron. Kasal was able to put the incident behind him and later rose to the rank of Squadron Leader, becoming the commanding officer of 313 Squadron in the closing months of the war.

The aircraft then spent a short time with Air Training Ltd at Kidlington, in Oxfordshire, moving there on the 1st of July 1941. It later moved on to 22 MU at Silloth in Cumbria, for storage, before being transferred to 82 MU at Lichfield for packaging prior to being shipped to the Soviet Union. The aircraft is officially listed as departing for Russia on the 27th of October 1941. The actual date of its departure has not been confirmed however. Having been crated the aircraft would have made the journey as part of the cargo of one the early arctic covoys, possibly as part of convoy PQ3, which departed Iceland on 9 November 1941. It might however, have travelled later as part of either PQ4 or PQ5. All of which sailed from an assembly point off Iceland to Archangelsk (Archangel) via a route taking them north of Jan Mayen Island, during the latter part of 1941. Around 3,000 Hurricanes were supplied in this way to the Soviet Union under the ‘Lend-Lease’ arrangements.

A considerable number of Hurricanes were supplied to the units on the Karelian Front during the spring and summer of 1942 and it is fairly certain that Z2768 would have been amongst them. In mid 1942 more than fifty percent of the fighters deployed in the area were Hurricanes. The 760th Fighter Regiment of the Red Air Force had its main base at Boyarskaya from December 1941 to the middle of 1943 and would have received its quota of Hurricanes during that time, including Z2768. During the mid morning of February the 21st 1943, the Regiment despatched a mixed bunch of two P.40s and five Hurricanes, of which Z2768 was one, to intercept an enemy formation of Ju.87 dive-bombers, with an escort of Me.109s, which was operating in the area.

During the ensuing dog-fight which took place close to the railway station at Polyarny Krug, Hurricane Z2768 was apparently shot down to the north of the town of Loukhi and with its pilot J/Lt. Boris Alexandrovich Lazarev was listed as missing in action. The Luftwaffe pilot credited with the shooting down is thought to be Feldwebel Rudolf ‘Rudi’ Muller of JG.5 ‘Eismeer’, a holder of the Knights Cross. Muller was one of the ‘experten’ or aces of JG.5 and had a final score of over 90 victories, a total that included a considerable number of Soviet Hurricanes. He was later to die in Soviet captivity, during the immediate post war period.

Following extensive research an aviation archaeology group, with the name ‘Vysota’ located the wreckage of the aircraft in a peat bog, some 40 kilometres to the north of Loukhi in the late nineteen nineties. The body of twenty two year old Sgt Lazarev, was found in the cockpit in an amazing state of preservation due to the peat in which it had been immersed. His body was removed and he was given a military funeral and interred in a cemetery in nearby Chupa, on the White Sea coast. The wreckage was initially recovered to the Central War Museum at Poklonnoj near Moscow. The aircraft had apparently been extensively used. It had been fitted with tyres of Russian manufacture and its armament had been changed, the aircraft having been fitted with two 20mm ShVAK cannon and two 12.77 mm machine guns of soviet manufacture. The majority of this modification work on Hurricanes was carried out at Factory 81 at Monino near Moscow, although some modifications were also carried out in the field, at operational airfields such as Kubinka

The wreckage of the aircraft was eventually purchased and transported to the USA and is currently under restoration at the hands of Gerald Yagen and the Fighter Factory in Virginia.

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Currently replacement wings are being fabricated which should be completed in early 2013.

Hurricane Z2768 is one of a number of ‘Z’ serial Hurricanes recovered from Russia in recent years (including its ‘sister ship’ Z2769, Z5207, Z5227 and Z5252) all of which have been or are being restored). They have been found in bogs and lakes and in one case major components were found simply lying in long grass!).

© John Rennison. Flt.Lt. Ret’d

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Lotnicy Czechoslowaccy Walczacy z Niemcami w Polsce w 1939 Roku

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LOTNICY CZECHOSŁOWACCY WALCZĄCY Z NIEMCAMI W POLSCE W 1939 ROKU.


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Henryk Józef Łusiewicz

 

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An account of the Czechoslovak airmen who escaped from their homeland in 1939, to Poland, after the German occupation in March 1939. They anticipated joining Czechoslovak military units which they believed were now being formed in Poland.

Instead they found disinterest from the Polish authorities and they were held at Maly Bronowice, a former army camp near Krakow, whilst Czechoslovak, Polish and French authorities negotiated decisions about their future. The majority were moved to France, having agreed to initially join the French Foreign Legion, until war would be declared.

By late Summer 1939, the Polish authorities realised that they would soon be invaded by Nazi Germany, and that having these Czechoslovak airmen in their own Air Force was now very important.

The book gives a Polish viewpoint of the 93 Czechoslovak airmen who joined the Polish Air Force and fought in the brief and bitter conflict of the German invasion of Poland in September 1939.

 

Publisher: Lublin
Published: 2008
ISBN:
Format: 172p, inc 104 photographs 
Cover: Softback
Language: Polish
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KXB Memorial Unveiling Ceremony

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At 14:00 on 17 October 1912, the unveiling of the KXB Memorial took place at Petten, Holland.

The location is close to the beach were the dingy carrying the three surviving crew members, Sgt Alois Šiška, Sgt Pavel Sboboda and F/O Josef Ščerba had been washed ashore. Two of their comrades, F/O Josef Mohr and Sgt. Josef Tománek had died in the dinghy during its epic six days adrift in the North Sea. The aircraft’s rear gunner Sgt. Rudolf Skalický did not survive when their Wellington aircraft, of 311 Sqn, made a forced landed into the North Sea during the night of 28 December 1941 after returning damaged from a bombing raid on the docks at Wilmshaven, Germany.

The ceremony was well attended and included relatives, of these six airmen, who had travelled from England and the Czech Republic.

Also attending the ceremony was Brigadier General Jiří Verner, Commander of the Czech Air Force, Jaroslav Horák, Czech Ambassador to the Netherlands, representatives of the RAF, representatives of the Dutch Army, Mrs. Marian Dekker, Mayor of Zijpe, a Guard of Honour of 222nd Šišková’ Training Squadron pilots of the Czech Air Force, Col Oldřich Rampula, Chairman of Svazu letců ČR (Airmans Association of the Czech Republic], Thomas Zuijderland who was 11 years old when he witnessed the dingy washed ashore and Dutch well wishers and local media.

The members of the KXB Project Team, from the Czech Republic, England and Holland, whose efforts and dedication enabled this Memorial to be built, were also present.

Master of Ceremonies was Mrs. Ria Schmieder MBE, who opened the Ceremony. Speeches were made by Mrs. Marian Dekker, Major of Zijpe, Jaroslav Horák Czech Ambassador to the Netherlands, and Brigadier General Jiří Verner.

After the speeches, the Memorial was then unveiled , participating in the unveiling were two Dutch children from Petten primary school

Wreaths were laid, during which violinist Zoë Veldt and French accordionist Frans Oud played ‘Škoda Lásky’.

After the wreaths were laid, bugler Koen Schreurs played ‘The Last Post’ was followed by a minutes silence. Koen Schreurs then played “Reveille”.

Mrs. Dagmar Johnson-Šišková then made a closing speech.

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The ceremony was concluded with First Lieutenant Zdeněk Nožička and Mrs Dagmar Johnson Šišková, representing the KXB Project Committee, presenting Mart Sevenhuijsen, a Director of ‘Springschans’ the Petten primary school, an adoption certificate for the Memorial as they will be looking after the Memorial for future generations.

A reception for dignitaries and invited guests followed the Ceremony, after which the place on the beach where the dingy was washed ashore was visited.</p

The KXB Project Team of Major Jaroslava Morochovičová, Major Jaroslav Morochovič, First lieutenant / nadporučík Zdeněk Nožička, First lieutenant / nadporučík Pavel Staněk – all from 222nd ‘Sisková’ Squadron – Roel Rijks, from Holland and Mrs Dagmar Johnson Šišková from England all deserve congratulations for this achievement.

More details of the Ceremony are now on the KX-B website here.

Media reports:

Czech Republic:

Ministry of Defence of the Czech Republic: Česky and English

Holland:

Nordholland Dagblad

Zipe

Omring Express

Schagen FM

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Last Flight of Wellington T2564

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Poslední let Wellingtonu T2564

F/Sgt Jan Bláha

The 18th October 1942 was the day that 311 Sqn suffered its greatest loss of airmen. On a non-operational flight, 14 of its personnel, 1 Belgian RAF airman and 6 civilians, including four children were killed. It was a bitter blow for 311 Sqn to loose so many experienced airmen in one incident.

18. říjen 1942 byl dnem, kdy 311. peruť utrpěla nejvyšší ztrátu na svých příslušnících. Během neoperačního letu zahynulo čtrnáct z jejich členů, jeden belgický člen RAF a šest civilistů včetně čtyř dětí. Pro 311 to byla krutá rána přijít o tak mnoho zkušených mužů při jedné události.

In April that year, 311 Sqn had been transferred from Bomber Command to Coastal Command and was now stationed at Talbenny in Pembrokeshire, South-West Wales. They were still flying Wellington Mk 1c aircraft but now in Coastal Command camouflage.

P/O František Buliš

V dubnu téhož roku byla 311. peruť převedena od Bombardovacího k Pozemnímu velitelství a byla nyní dislokována v Talbenny v hrabství Pembroke v jihozápadním Walesu. Stále ještě létala s Wellingtony IC, ale teď v kamufláži Coastal Command.

On 9 September 1942, Wellington KX-C, DV738, took-off at 13:56 for an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. It was flown by P/O František Bulis captain and pilot, and his crew of F/Sgt Jan Bláha co-pilot, F/Lt Václav Haňka navigator, P/O Bedřich Gissübel wireless-operator, F/Sgt František Doležal and P/O Jaroslav Jebáček, air-gunners.

9. září 1942 v 13.56 odstartoval Wellington KX-C číslo DV 738 na protiporkovou hlídku nad Biskajský záliv. Pilotoval ho a kapitánem letounu byl podporučík František Bulis s posádkou rotným Janem Bláhou jako druhým pilotem, navigátorem nadporučíkem Václavem Haňkou, radistou podporučíkem Bedřichem Gissuebelem, předním střelcem rotným Františkem Doležalem a zadním střelcem podporučíkem Jaroslavem Jebáčkem.

P/O Antonín Bunzl

During the patrol they located a fully surfaced German submarine which they attacked, dropping six depth-charges from an altitude of 50ft. The unidentified submarine managed to escape by diving. P/O Bulis patrolled the attack area and after about 2 minutes large oil patches, about 30yds in diameter were seen on the sea’s surface. P/O Bulis then resumed his patrol and returned to base landing at 23:57. The Admiralty Assessment Board classed the attack as ‘excellent’.

Během hlídkového letu zpozorovali zcela vynořenou německou ponorku, na kterou zaútočili shozením šesti hloubkových náloží z výšky šestnácti metrů. Neidentifikované ponorce se podařilo uniknout ponořením. Ppor. Bulis kroužil nad místem útoku a přibližně po dvou minutách byly na hladině moře vidět velké olejové skvrny o průměru asi dvaceti sedmi metrů. Podporučík Bulis pokračoval v hlídkovém letu a zpátky na základně přistál v 23.57. Hodnotící komise Admirality klasifikovala útok jako “vynikající”.

Sgt Josef Čech

On the 27th Wellington KX-Q, Z1147, took-off at 14:13 for an anti-submarine patrol in the Bay of Biscay. At position of 47°00n 05°30w it found German submarine, U-165, fully surfaced. An attack was made and six depth charges were dropped from an altitude of 70ft. During the attack the submarine defended itself with machine-gun fire. The pilot was F/Lt Václav Študent captain and crewed by F/Sgt Josef Švec co-pilot, F/Lt Václav Kadaně navigator, P/O Antonín Bunzl wireless-operator and Sgt Vladimír Rájecki and Sgt Zoltán Karas gunners.

27. září odstartoval ve 14.13 na protiponorkovou hlídku nad Biskaj Wellington KX-Q, číslo Z1147. V pozici 47 stupňů severní šířky a 5 stupňů 30 minut západní délky našel úplně vynořenou německou ponorku U-165. Byl podniknut útok a z výšky dvaceti dvou metrů bylo svrženo šest hloubkových náloží. Během útoku se ponorka bránila palbou z kanónu. Kapitánem a prvním pilotem byl npor. Václav Študent, druhým pilotem rotný Josef Švec, navigátorem npor Václav Kadaně, radistou ppor. Antonín Bunzl a střelci četaři Vladimír Rájecki se Zoltánem Karasem.

F/Sgt František Doležal

The depth-charge attack was seen to bodily lift U-165 but it managed to submerge. F/Lt Študent did not wait to see any further results of he attack; F/Lt Kadaně was seriously injured by shrapnel in both legs, Sgt Karas had his little finger on his left hand shot-off, P/O Bunzl had shrapnel wounds in his right arm and F/Sgt Švec had shrapnel wounds in his right leg. The shrapnel had also damaged the Wellington’s hydraulics. F/Lt Študent set course for base and managed to crash-land the aircraft, at St Eval, Cornwall at 19:58. The injuries received by F/Lt Kadaně and Sgt Karas required them to be hospitalised, which was to become fortuitous for them!

Bylo vidět, jak útok hlubinnými náložemi U-165 úplně zdvihl, ale té se podařilo ponořit. Nadporučík Václav Študent nečekal, až uvidí další výsledky útoku, nadporučík Kadaně byl vážně zraněn do obou nohou střepinou, četaři Karasovi byl ustřelen malíček levé ruky, podporučík Bunzl utrpěl zranění střepinou pravé paže a rotný Švec měl rány šrapnelem v pravé noze. Střepina rovněž poškodila hydrauliku Wellingtonu. Npor. Študent nasadil kurs na základnu a v 19.58 se mu podařilo s letounem nouzově přistát na letišti St Eval v Cornwalu. Zranění utrpěné nadporučíkem Kadaně a seržantem Karasem si vyžádala jejich hospitalizaci, což se pro ně mělo stát šťastnou náhodou !

P/O Bedřich Gissübel

Following these successful attacks the two crews were required to attend a meeting at Coastal Command Headquarters at Northwood. Here they would be interviewed by senior RAF Coastal Command staff about the actions.

Po těchto úspěšných útocích požadovalo Pobřežní velitelství, aby ty dvě posádky navštívily velitelství Coastal Command v Northwoodu. Tam budou vyslechnuty vyššími důstojníky Pobřežního velitelství kvůli těm útokům.

On 18 October P/O František Bulis and his crew were to fly F/Lt Študent and his crew to Northolt to attend this meeting. The weather at Talbenny for the previous few days had been poor.



Sgt Vilém Götzlinger

18. října měl ppor. Bulis a jeho posádka svézt npor. Študenta a jeho posádku do Northoltu, aby navštívili tohle setkání.

The fog and subsequent poor visibility had prevented any operational flights by 311 Sqn Wellingtons.

Počasí v Talbenny bylo několik předešlých dní mizerné. Mlha a následná špatná viditelnost znemožnily veškeré operační lety Wellingtonů 311. perutě.

On the day itself, the weather was no better at Talbenny, and the flight originally scheduled for departure in the morning was re-scheduled for the afternoon. Both of these crews, less the injured Karas and Kadaně, boarded the aircraft along with F/Sgt František Stoklásek, Sgt Josef Čech, Cpl František Paclík and Sgt Vilém Götzlinger who were ground staff personnel of 311 Sqn and were taking the opportunity of a flight to London for their leave.

F/Lt Václav Haňka

18. října nebylo počasí v Talbenny o nic lepší a let původně naplánovaný s odletem ráno byl přeložen na odpoledne. Obě tyto posádky, bez zraněných Karase a Kadaněho, nastoupily do letounu spolu s rotným Františkem Stokláskem, seržantem Josefem Čechem, desátníkem Františkem Paclíkem a seržantem Vilémem Goetzlingerem, kteří byli členy pozemního personálu 311 a využili příležitosti dostat se na dovolenou do Londýna letadlem.

Also on board was P/O Georges Strauss-Leemans, a Belgium RAF officer who was Transport Officer at Talbenny. Götzlinger, however was not authorised to have been on the aircraft.

Na palubě byl také poručík Georges Strauss-Lehmans, belgický příslušník Královského vojenského letectva, který byl v Talbenny Důstojníkem přepravy. Ale Goetzlinger neměl k nastoupení na palubu T 2564 povolení.

At 14:40 Wellington Mk 1C KX-T T2564 took-off from Talbenny with P/O František Bulis at the controls. He was an experienced pilot who had also been trained in the pre-WW2 Czechoslovak Air Force and now had a total of 932 flying hours, 595 of which had been in Wellingtons. With 311 Sqn he had flown 45 operational missions, 36 in Bomber Command, totalling 300 flying hours and had undertaken a further 9 patrols in Coastal Command.

P/O Jaroslav Jebáček

V 14.40 Wellington Mk IC KX-T číslo T2564 z Talbenny odstartoval pilotovaný ppor. Františkem Bulisem. Byl zkušeným pilotem, který prodělal pilotní výcvik už před válkou v Československém vojenském letectvu a měl nalétáno 932 hodin, z nichž bylo 595 na Wellingtonech. U 311 měl na kontě 45 operačních letů, 36 náletů u Bombardovacího velitelství s třemi sty operačními hodinami a u Pobřežního velitelství absolvoval dalších devět protiponorkových hlídek.

In view of the weather conditions, prior to departure P/O Bulis had been instructed to return to base if, during the flight, the weather further deteriorated.

Vzhledem k povětrnostním podmínkám dostal František před odletem instrukci vrátit se na základnu, pokud se počasí zhorší ještě více.

Cpl František Paclík

At about 16:00 the Wellington was seen approaching RAF Northolt from a westerly direction.

Asi v 16.00 bylo vidět, jak se Wellington přibližuje od západu k letišti Northolt.

It had an altitude of between 500ft and 600ft, undercarriage lowered and at a low speed with its engines appeared throttled back in preparation for landing. The pilot had committed the aircraft to a steep turn in order to approach Northolt’s East/West runway.

Měl výšku asi mezi sto padesáti a sto osmdesáti metry, vysunutý podvozek a při nízké rychlosti odstavené motory v přípravě na přistání. Pilot provedl prudkou zatáčku, aby se přiblížil k ranveji Northoltu vedoucí od východu k západu.

Sgt Vladimír Rájecki

The Wellington was seen to go into a steep left-hand turn which developed into a vertical turn, stalled and then dived vertically into an area of waste ground in a residential area by Uxbridge, narrowly missing some houses, about 1 mile from the runway and crashed into waste ground at 16:08. The waste ground was adjoined by a timber yard and dozens of children were playing on it.

Wellington byl spatřen, jak přešel do prudké levé zatáčky, která se změnila na zatáčku vertikální, ve vzduchu se zastavil a pak střemhlav klesl do nezastavěné oblasti u obydlené čtvrti Uxbridge. T 2564 těsně minul několik domů, asi kilometr a půl od ranveje, a havaroval na nezastavěném pozemku v 16:08. Ten sousedil se skladem dřeva, kde si právě hrálo několik desítek dětí.

F/Sgt František Stoklašek

As the aircraft went into this vertical dive P/O Bulis, recognising that the aircraft was out of control and would crash, was seen to be frantically waving to people on the waste ground to flee from that area. The Wellington’s wing tip clipped the main road and the aircraft flipped over onto the waste ground, it’s petrol tanks bursting into flames on impact enveloping the aircraft and immediate area around it. All on-board the aircraft were killed. The heat from the flames caused the aircraft’s machine-gun ammunition to explode and go-off in all directions. The last second’s action of the Wellington’s pilot undoubtly saved many lives amongst people on the waste ground.

Jak letoun přešel do střemhlavého letu, podporučík Bulis poznal, že stroj je neovladatelný a havaruje. Bylo vidět, jak Bulis horečně mává lidem na zemi, aby z místa utekli. Konec křídla Wellingtonu očesal silnici a T2564 se rychle otočila na nezastavěný pozemek, nádrže při nárazu vybuchly a plameny pohltily letadlo a pozemek okolo. Všichni na palubě letounu přišli o život. Teplo plamenů způsobilo explodování munice do kulometů, která létala na všechny strany. Akce pilota Wellingtonu v jeho posledních vteřinách bezpochyby zachránila mnoho životů mezi lidmi na nezastavěném pozemku.

F/Sgt Josef Švec

Sadly not all managed to escape and two women and four children were killed either by being struck by the aircraft or burnt to death. The two women were sisters Lilly Reay, 32, her daughters Ruth 4½ and Marion 18 months, and Phyllis Street, 35, with her daughters Phylliss Mollie 12 and Beryl Flora 5. Both sisters were wives of British servicemen and had been out for an afternoon walk with their children.

Bohužel, ne všem se podařilo uniknout a dvě ženy a čtyři děti byly zabity, buď zasaženy letounem, nebo uhořely. Ty dvě ženy byly sestry – dvaatřicetiletá Lilly Reay s dcerami čtyřapůlroční Ruth a osmnáctiměsiční Marion, a pětatřicetiletá Phyllis Street s dcerami – dvanáctiletou Phyllis Mollie a pětiletou Beryl Florou. Obě ženy byly manželkami britských vojáků a byly na odpolední procházce se svými dětmi.

An unconfirmed theory is that the aircraft approached Northolt too high and the pilot tried to loose height by side-slipping. This resulted in the shifting of the human cargo which the pilot was unable to counter at the time.

F/Lt Václav Študent

Nepotvrzenou teorií je, že letoun se přibližoval k letišti Northolt v příliš velké výšce a pilot se ji snažil snížit skluzem do strany. To způsobilo posunutí pasažérů uvnitř T 2564, což pilot nebyl schopen vyrovnat včas.

All the Czech airmen, with the exception of F/Lt Haňka, were buried at Brookwood Military Cemetry, Surrey. At the request of his wife, F/Lt Haňka was buried at St Phillips cemetery at Penn Fields, Wolverhampton.

Všichni čeští letci, kromě npor. Haňky, byli pohřbeni na Vojenském hřbitově Brookwood v hrabství Surrey. Nadporučík Haňka byl na žádost své manželky pohřben ve Wolverhamptonu na hřbitově St. Phillips, Penn Fields.

When the wreckage was being examined for possible causes of the crash the charred remains of a pig were found on-board. It is believed that the pig had been ‘acquired’ by some members of 311 Sqn from the rural area of Talbenny and that it was being taken to the Czechoslovak Club in London to be used in the festivities to commemorate the Czechoslovak National Day of 28 October.

Při zkoumání vraku ke zjištění možných příčin havárie byly na palubě T2564 nalezeny zuhelnatělé zbytky prasete. Má se za to, že prase někteří příslušníci 311. perutě “získali” na venkově blízko Talbenny a bylo bráno do Československého klubu v Londýně, aby bylo použito při oslavách připomínajících Československý národní den 28. října.

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Josef Frantisek remembered 2012

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Josef František

* 7 October 1914

† 8 October 1940

6. října 2012, návštěvníci se před obecním úřadem v Otaslavicích začali scházet v 10 hodin 30 minut. Přítomné přivítali starosta a tajemník obce Otaslavavic. V 11 hodin se přítomní návštěvníci odebrali k pomníku Františka Josefa, který se nachází před jeho rodným domem.

On 6 October 2012, visitors began to gather in front of the Municipal Administration building at Otaslavice, Czech Republic at 10:30. They were welcomed by the Major and Secretary of the village of Otaslavice. At 11:00 hours the assembled officials and guests proceeded to the village Memorial for Josef František which is located in front of his birth house.

U pomníku starosta Otaslavic přednesl projev, v němž se zabýval životopisem Františka Josefa a jeho odhodláním bojovat za osvobození své vlasti, kdy v bitvě o Anglii během jednoho měsíce sestřelil 17 německých letunů.

Here The Major of Otaslavice gave a speech in which he detailed the life of Josef František, his determination to fight for the liberation of his country and how during one month during the Battle of Britain he had shot down 17 German aircraft.

Potom následovalo položení kytic a květin k pomníku Františka Josefa a návštěvníci odešli na obecní úřad, kde byl promítnut film a beseda s příslušníkem České armády.

Wreaths were then placed at Josef Frantisek’s Memorial after which those attending the ceremony returned to the Municipal Office where a film was screened, followed by a discussion with a member of the Czech Army.

V 16 hodin se pozvaní hosté shromáždili v zasedací místnosti obecního úřadu, kde pro ně bylo připraveno pohoštění.

At 16:00 the invited guests gathered in the meeting room of the Municipal Office for refreshments.

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Jeho životopis je zde

His biography is here

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KX-B Memorial unveiling – Petten, Holland

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We are pleased to advise that the Memorial Ceremony to unveil the KX-B Memorial will be held at 14:00 17 October, 2012 at Petten, Holland.

Full details of the program of the Ceremony are here

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Memorial Plaque unveiling Ceremony – Prostejov

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Na Den české státnosti, 28. září se před 11 hodinou dopolední na městském hřbitově v Prostějově shromáždilo asi 80 až 100 lidí na odhalení pamětní desky rekonstruovaného památníku v němž je uložena prsť z 156 hrobů československých zahraničních letců padlých ve druhé světové válce v RAF. Na celkovou rekostrukci památníku byly použity finační prostředky, které ve své závěti Svazu letců České republiky Plumlov, odkázal plukovník William G. Kauders, Sqdn. 311. , RAF, nositel vyznamenání MC Military Cross, (Vojenský kříž).

At 11 a.m. on 28 September 2012, between 80 to 100 people attended the unveiling ceremony of the name plaque at the RAF Airmen’s Memorial at Prostějov Cemetery. The name plaque commemorates the 156 Czechoslovak RAF airmen who were killed in WW2 whose symbolic urns are held in the Memorial’s vault. The Memorial was renovated this summer by the Plumlov branch of Svazu letců ČR, the Airman’s Association of the Czech Republic thanks to the money bequeathed by No 311 Sqn´s vet Lt Col William Kauders MC.

Na akci se sjeli přítomní jak z Prahy, Třebíče, Brna, Uherského Brodu a Olomouce, tak z blízkého okolí, příbuzní například Jaroslava Dohnala, Aloise Dvořáka, Jana Křivdy, Vladimíra Paličky, Josefa Pavláta, Aloise Šišky a Josefa Tománka. Zúčastnili se rovněž zástupci Statutárního města Prostějov, Svazu letců a dva mladí příslušníci Klubu vojenské historie Třebíč v uniformách RAF.

Attendees came from Prague, Třebíč, Brno, Uherský Brod, Olomouc and included relatives of former Czechoslovak RAF airmen Jaroslav Dohnal, Alois Dvořák, Jan Křivda, Vladimír Palička, Josef Pavlát, Alois Šiška and Josef Tománek. Also attending were representatives of the Prostějov Municipality, Svazu letců ČR and also two members of the Trebic Re-enactment Group wearing RAF uniforms.

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Ceremoniál byl zahájen státní hymnou a projevem předsedy odbočky SL Plumlov Ing. Josefa Piňose. Během řeči musel posečkat, než se po startu z prostějovského letiště vzdálí hlučící dvoumotorový letoun. Symbolicky a nečekaně tak byla zdůrazněna souvislost umístění Památníku zrovna v Prostějově s existencí vojenského leteckého učiliště mezi válkami, záměrně zmíněná v jeho řeči.

The Ceremony commenced with the National Anthem, followed by a speech by Ing Josef Piňos, Chairman of Svazu letců Plumlov. While doing so, he had to wait for several seconds until the noise made by a twin-engined aircraft gaining height faded after taking-off from the airbase at Prostějov. Symbolically the location of the Memorial at Prostějov was due to the existence of the Military Aviation School Prostějov between the World Wars and was mentioned in the speech.

Následovala řeč primátora Prostějova Miroslava Pišťáka a předsedy Svazu letců ČR plk. Oldřicha Rampuly, kteří poté pamětní desku se jmény sta padesáti šesti československých letců RAF slavnostně odhalili. Ze zájemců o slovo pronesl krátkou řeč veterán RAF plk. Emil Boček. Poté byl Památník vysvěcen a ceremoniál byl ukončen písní „Svatý Václave“

Speeches by Mr Miroslav Pistak, the Mayor of Prostějov Col Oldřich Rampula, Chairman of Svazu letců ČR and RAF veteran Col Emil Boček followed. The first two unveiled the plaque. The Memorial was concescrated and the Ceremony was concluded with the song of ´Saint Wenceslas´.

Po obřadu se pozvaní mohli zúčastnit rautu v hotelu Grand, kde společně vzpomínali na své padlé příbuzné. Z rodin příslušníků čs. 311. bombardovací perutě se zde setkali manželka pilota 311. bombardovací perutě Aloise Šišky s neteří Josefa Tománka a synovcem Jana Křivdy a ze stíhačů 310. a 313. perutě neteř Aloise Dvořáka se synovcem Jaroslava Dohnala.

After the Ceremony a reception for attendee’s was held at the Grand Hotel in Prostějov where relatives were able to talk about their fallen relatives. Relatives of former 311 Sqn´s members Alois Šiška, Josef Tománek and Jan Křivda met there the relatives of 310 and 313 Fighter Sqns´ pilots Alois Dvořák and Jaroslav Dohnal.

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Spitfire aircraft of 310 Sqn, 312 Sqn and 313 Sqn

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Listing of Spitfire aircraft and Serial Numbers that served with 310, 312 and 313 (Czech) Squadron RAF.

Squadron code letters:
310 Sqn ‘NN’
312 Sqn ‘DU’
313 Sqn ‘RY’

In the main units are operational and are given where they ‘wrap around’ Czech units. It was not the intention to provide a complete history of the aircraft’s movements.

Ranks are given in standard format, other abbreviations in use ; CGS = Central Glider School; Del = Delivered; (k) = Killed; (m) = Missing; MU = Maintenance Unit; OTU = Operational Training Unit; CzAF = Czechoslovak Air Force, RHAF = Royal Hellenic Air Force; RNethAF = Royal Netherlands Air Force; SAAF = South African Air Force; SofTT = School of Technical Training; TEU = Tactical Evaluation Unit; Sqn = Squadron; Trans = transferred; USAAF = US Army Air Force

Abbreviations in use for personnel (k) = Killed; (m) = Missing, (i) = Injured; (dli) = Died later of injuries; (pow) = Prisoner of War; (s) = safe.

Serial No: Mk: Unit Detail: Incidental Detail & Notes:
P7540
DU-D
IIa Trans from 11 Sqn to 312 Sqn Crashed in Loch Doon near Trum, Wigtown 25.10.41. 87619 F/O Frantisek Hekl was killed. The aircraft made a low pass over the Loch and when banking away a wingtip caught the water and the aircraft crashed in the Loch. A search was made at the time but no trace of the aircraft was found. It was finally discovered in 1982. Parts were recovered and are held by the Dumfries and Galloway Aviation Museum (including the Merlin XII engine).
P7544 IIa Trans from 19 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 417 Sqn
P7567 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to RAF Ayre
P7591 IIa Trans from 41 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to AFDU
P7601 IIa Trans from 602 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
P7602 IIa Trans from 609 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 417 Sqn
P7673
NN-V
IIa Del to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
P7745 IIa Trans from 118 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Nawab of Bahawalpur’).
P7759 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 231 Sqn
P7777 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn
P7782 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn
P7786 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
P7834
RY-F
IIa Trans from 609 Sqn to 313 Sqn, then to 417 Sqn. The tail unit of this aircraft was damaged when it was in collision with another Spitfire being flown by Frantisek Borisch. F/O Frantisek Fajtl managed to land P7834 and Borisch also got down safely.
P7837
NN-A
IIa Trans from 616 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Spun into the ground half a mile south east of Dyce 19/11/41. The pilot, 81903 P/O Vladimir Zaoral was killed.
P7858 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
P7882 IIa Trans from 134 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to ECFS
P7918 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 416 Sqn
P7973 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted t Mk.V then to 57 OTU). This aircraft was later transferred to Australia 2/45, for exhibition in the Canberra War Museum
P7987 IIa Trans from 133 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 134 Sqn
P7989 IIa Trans from 154 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 410 Sqn.
P8030 IIa Trans from 74 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
P8038 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted to Vb) then to 332 Sqn
P8040 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 350 Sqn
P8047 IIa Trans from 2 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 417 Sqn. (Presentation aircraft ‘The Malverns’).
P8071 IIa Trans from 145 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 417 Sqn
P8073 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted to Mk.Va) then to 52 OTU
P8081 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 58 OTU. (Presentation aircraft Garfield Weston IV’).
P8089 IIa
P8099 IIa Trans fro 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 39 MU (Converted to Mk.Va) then to USAAF
P8089 IIa
P8145 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
P8193 IIa Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
P8250 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to CGS.
P8259
RY-T
IIa Trans from 602 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted to Mk.Va), then to 1406 Flt. This aircraft suffered a damaged wing during a straffing attack at Morlaix on 28/09/41. F/O Karel Kasal (s).
P8274 IIa Trans from 74 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 53 OTU (Converted to IIc).
P8275 IIa Trans from 602 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn. This aircraft suffered cat.C damage whilst on operations 05/12/41.
P8324 IIa Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted to Mk.Vb) then to 122 Sqn. F/Sgt Cap claimed an Fw.190 as damaged, whilst flying this aircraft on 23/06/42.
P8338 IIa Trans from 303 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 52 OTU
P8347 IIa Trans from 485 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn. (Presentation aircraft ‘Bali’).
P8369 IIa Trans from RAF Digby to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
P8379 IIa Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Oldham & Leeds’).
P8472 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
P8537 RY-Z IIa Trans from 92 Sqn to 313 Sqn. (Built as Mk.V ), then to Admiralty. Damaged in combat with an Me.109 over Ostend on 27/03/42 whilst on an escort mission.
P8570 IIa Trans from 616 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 417 Sqn.
P8574 IIa Trans from 602 sqn to 313 Sqn then to 52 OTU
P8598 IIa Trans from 485 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 58 OTU
P8647 IIa Trans from 616 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 132 Sqn.
P8667 IIa Trans from 19 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 417 Sqn
P8674 IIa Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Afrikander’).
P8700 IIa Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn
P8708 IIa Trans from RAF Fowlmere to 312 Sqn (Converted to Seafire 6/43) then to Admiralty.
P8718 IIa Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 315 Sqn
P8782 IIa Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
P8791 IIa Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 67 Group.
R6604 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU. Undercarriage collapsed whilst taxying at Catterick on 30/06/41. Aircraft repaired.
R6629 I Trans from 610 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 58 OTU
R6709 I Trans from 452 sqn to 313 Sqn. Missing 26/06/41.
R6770
NN-D
I Trans from 74 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 306 sqn
R6833
DU-U
I Trans from 92 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Abandoned in poor visibility near Aberystwyth, Cardigan 24/01/42 Sgt Miroslav Liskutin was unhurt.
R6980 I Trans from 306 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 444 Sqn
R6897
NN-Y
I Trans from 234 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 332 Sqn
R6898 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
R7160 I Del to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU (Presentation aircraft ‘Southampton II’).
R7163 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Bridgewater’). Dived into the ground at Uckerby, near Scorton, Yorks 27/05/41, 787349 Sgt Josef Gutwald (k).
R7193 I Del to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU. (Presentation aircraft ‘Silver Snipe).’
R7205
RY-V
I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Provident’. Converted to Mk.Va) then to 1401 Flt Undercarriage collapsed on landing on 09/08/41 at Leconfield. P/O Jaroslav Muzika (s).
R7265 I Trans from 72 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 403 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Grimsby 1’).
R7298
(NN-Q
I Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn, then to 313 Sqn then to No.1 TEU (Presentqtion aircraft ‘Rotherham & District).
W3177 V Trans from 74 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
W3180 V Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to Reid & Sigrist Ltd, later to Portugal 7/47.
W3236 V Trans from 609 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 130 Sqn.
W3249 V Trans from 92 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 222/602/129/66 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn then to 402 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Baltic Exchange’).
W3253 V Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Central Provinces and Berar IV’. F/O Posta claimed a Ju.88 as shot down, whilst flying this aircraft on 10/06/44 (it was a shared victory with Flt/Lt Kasal in Spitfire AA911)
W3309 V Trans from 307 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 234/504/Trans to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn. (Presentation aircraft ‘The Wiltshire 1’).
W3378 V Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 350 Sqn.
W3445 Vb Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn (DU-W), then to 41 OTU (Presentation aircraft ‘Cape Town II’).
W3529 V Trans from 610 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 402 Sqn.
W3561 V Del to 313 Sqn then to 130 Sqn.
W3575
NN-U
V Trans from 243 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn.
W3634 V Trans from 332 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 402 Sqn.
W3705 V Trans from 609 Sqn to 313 sqn then to 340 Sqn.
W3768 V Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 441 Sqn Presentation aircraft ‘Highham Ferrers – Irthlingborough’).
W3798 V Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 4263M.
W3822 V Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 1688 Flt (Presentation aircraft ‘Zanzibar IV’).
W3853 V Trans from 411 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn (Presentatio aircraft ‘Nyasaland II’).
W3895 V Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Nyasaland V’). Lost 24/09/43 on a Ramrod to Brest, following combat with Me.110s P/O J B Cochrane was killed.
W3962
RY-X
Vb Del to 313 Sqn 23/10/41. Belly landing by F/O Karel Vykoukal 01/12/41 at Boscawen Rose Farm, Penzance,
W3965 V Del to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn.
X4031
RY-H
I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn, then to 61 OTU Overshot on landing and nosed over at Catterick 08/06/41. Aircraft repaired. Flt/Lt Karel Mrazek (s).
X4163 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 53 OTU.
X4242 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
X4388 I Trans from 303 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
X4651 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
X4652 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU
X4653 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU.
X4683 I Trans from 452 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU.
X4714 I Del to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU
X4776 I Trans from RAF Christchurch to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
X4835 I Trans from 452 sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU
X4941
RY-E
I Del to 313 Sqn, then to 61 Out (Presentation aircraft ‘Swansea Wales’)>
AA718 Vb Trans from 402 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
AA735 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
AA744 Vb Trans from 118 sqn to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU.
AA745 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 58 OTU.
AA745 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 58 OTU.
AA751 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
AA757 Vb Del to 313 then to 609 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
AA765 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Hyderabad’).
AA833 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 345 Sqn.
AA843 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn. Hit hill in cloud at Wormshill, Kent 12/09/43
AA865 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down by fighters 15 miles south of Gravelines 10/04/42. The pilot, 787486 Sgt Vaclav Truhlar was listed as missing. The aircraft was seen to go down by Flt/Lt Kasal in Spitfire AD465.
AA869 Vb Del to 313 Sqn Missing from Rhubarb to a power station near Condette in the afternoon of 18/03/42. Shot down near Boulogne Sgt Miroslav Zauf.
AA881 Vb Trans from 71 Sqn to 313 Sqn the to 66 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Manchester Corporation Transporter’).
AA909 Vb Trans from 152 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
AA911 Vb Trans from 242 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 66/234 Sqns then to 317 Sqn. Flt/Lt Kasal claimed a Ju.88 shot down on 27/08/43 (It was a shared victory with F/O Posta in Spitfire W3253).
AA918 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
AA930 Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 277 Sqn.
AA933 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.
AA969
NN-P
Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to USAAF
AA970 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 341 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘French Hope’). F/Sgt Motycka claimed an Fw.190 as probably shot down on 19/08/42 whilst flying this aircraft.
AA974 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 sqn then to Heston Aircraft Ltd.
AB142 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 52 OTU.172
AB172
DU-D or possibly O
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Abandoned over Devon after possible oxygen and/or structural failure 29/06/42 Flt/Lt A Liska (s) was thrown clear. The aircraft came down at Otterton in Devon
AB174 Vb Trans from 303 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.
AB178 Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 44 Sqn.
AB203 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 290 Sqn.
AB212
NN-V
Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 306 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Lancastria Avenger III’).
AB215 Vb Trans from 412 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 126 Sqn
AB249 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
AB257
NN-V
Vb Del to 310 Sqn, then to 4 Sqn USAAF This aircraft was caught in a side wind whilst landing at Perranporth on 19/02/42. The aircraft hit the runway hard and a wing was torn off. Flt/Lt Emil Foit was uninjured and the aircraft was repairable.
AB274 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
AB276
RY-K
Vb Del to 313 Sqn ‘Mnoho Stestli’, then to 91 Sqn Flt/Lt Vaclav Hajek claimed an Fw.190 as shot down whilst flying this aircraft on 10/04/42.
AB364 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
AB365 Vb Del to 310 Sqn (Converted to Mk.Vc) then to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
AB368
NN-Z
Vb Trans from 122 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 441 Sqn
AB372
DU-B
Vb Trans from 317 sqn to 312 Sqn. Hit by flak over Brest and abandoned over the Channel 25/10/43 whilst taking part in Ramrod 95 (Escort sortie for B25 bombers) 125415 P/O Jan Stastny (m) probably drowned.
AB467 Vc Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 130 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 167 Sqn.
AB505
DU-Q
IXc Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn . Spitfire MH357 collided with this aircraft during a formation take-off from Bradwell Bay on 08/12/44 for Ramrod 1401. F/Sgt Jan Skrinar survived but the pilot of MH357 (Sgt Anto Vanko perished – see entry below).
AB509
NN-F
Vc Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn then to 402 Sqn.
AB518 Vc Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 65 Sqn.
AB519
NN-H
Vc Del to 310 Sqn. Missing presumed shot down by Fw.190’s near Morlaix on 29/01/43. whilst taking part in Ramrod 50. This was an escort mission to Morlaix viaduct. 787450 W/O Jaroslav Sala (k).
AB522
NN-K
Vc Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn.
AB782 Vb Trans from 111 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
AB784 Vb Trans from 93 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 504 Sqn then to 313 Sqn. This aircraft suffered from an engine failure on 31/01/44. and made a forced landing at Hampton. Middlesex.
AB786 Vb Trans from 129 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 13 OTU.
AB845 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to the Admiralty 21/02/44.
AB895 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to Portugal 25/11/43.
AB916 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn.

AB918 Vb Trans from 485 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to USAAF/67 Obs. Group then to 131 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to USAAF 20.12.43. (Presentation aircraft ‘Wellington I’). Sqn/Ldr Jaroslav Himr (313 sqn) claimed an Fw.190 as shot down on 18/09/43 whilst flying this aircraft south of Calais.
AB925 Vb Trans from 122 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
AB933 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX887 2/43).
AB939 Vb Trans from 266 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
AB974 Vb Trans from 132 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 443 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Bombay and Baroda Central Indian Railway III’).
AB986 Vb Trans from 93 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 132 Sqn.
AB988 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to65 Sqn.
AD182 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
AD191
NN-U
Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn.
AD192
RY-K
Vb Del to 313 Sqn, then to RAF Kirton then to 308 Sqn. Overshot landing at Portreath and struck lorry. One civilian was killed. Sgt Arnost Mrtvy was unharmed and the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
AD197 Vb Trans from 129 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Shot down by Me.109s off Ostend 27/03/42. Aircraft crashed into the sea. 68727 P/O Vladimir Michalek (k).
AD271 Vb Trans from 41 Sqn to 312 Sqn (Converted t Seafire NX956 2/43).
AD315 Vb Trans from 316 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
AD325
NN-W
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 154 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 332 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Westmoreland II’). Flt/Lt Emil Foit shared a damaged Ju.88 south west of the Scillies in this aircraft on 04/02/42.
AD328
NN-F
Vb Del to 310 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Sangre Charrua’). Crashed 15/07/42 as a result of a flying accident. Aircraft Cat.E.
AD331
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 234 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘National Federation of Hosiery Manufacturer’s Association’). F/Sgt Miroslav Petr claimed an Fw.190 as destroyed north of Lannion on 10/06/42 whilst at the controls of this aircraft.
AD353 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to USAAF.
AD361
RY-L
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 317 Sqn. Undercarriage collapsed on landing 12/02/42 Sgt Otto Spacek (s)
AD362 Vb Trans from 266 Sqn 312 Sqn then to 421 Sqn.
AD365
NN-A later H
Vb Del to 310 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX919 2/43).
AD366
NN-P
Vb Del to 310 Sqn, then to 234 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Wigtownshire’)
AD372 Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 313 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Sandwich’). Missing from scramble 15/07/42. Shot down over the Channel 50 miles south of Bolt Head following combat with Ju.88. The pilot, 787676 Sgt Jan Jerabek AFM, was killed, his body was found on 12.8.42 and is buried at St. Brieux, west of Dinard in France
AD374 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
AD378
NN-L
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to USAAF
AD380 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn.
AD381 Vb Trans from 129 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to Fighter Leader School (FLS). (Presentation aircraft ‘Plessey Spitfire’).
AD382
NN-J
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 232 Sqn.
AD384
RY-P
Vb Del to 313 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Geo.S Parker’). Shot down by fighters near St Omer 12/04/42 Circus 122 to Hazebrook marshalling yards. 787457 Sgt Otto Kresta (pow).
AD390
RY-E
Vb Del to 313 Sqn, then to 152 Sqn This aircraft had a wing damaged during a RODEO sortie to France on 28/03/42. It was in combat with Fw.190s and Sgt Jiri Reznicek claimed one of the enemy aircraft as destroyed.
AD412
NN-U
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Missing on patrol off Land’s End during the early afternoon of 04/02/42. The pilot, 788031 Sgt Zdenek Skarvada was became a POW.
AD414
NN-X
Vb Del to 310 Sqn.
AD415 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
AD419 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
AD420
NN-N
Vb Del to 310 Sqn (Presentation aircraft Kano Province 1’). Collided with BL497 over Perranporth 12/04/42 BL947 crashed in sand hills two miles north of Perranporth killing the pilot, 788017 F/Sgt Stanislav Halama. Flt/Lt Stanislav Zimprich in BL497, managed to stay airborne and attempted to make a forced landing on the beach (see entry below re’ BL497 for further detail). Halama was buried three days later in Camborne.
AD422
NN-Z
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to USAAF.
AD423
NN-Q
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to FLS.
AD424
RY-S
Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Crashed in night landing at Hornchurch 11/01/42 787681 Sgt Josef Valenta (k).

AD425 Vb Trans from 316 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 441 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Ardeer Spitfire’).
AD453 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to No.10 SofTT. Became 4122M in 9/43.
AD462
NN-T
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 91 Sqn.
AD464
NN-Y
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to RAF Thatcham.
AD465 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 91 Sqn.
AD468
NN-W<
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Crashed on take off from Dyce 08/12/41 P0321 P/O Wilhelm Sniechowski PAF (k). This officer was part of an exchange with Polish units (one Czech for one Pole) to facilitate cooperation between the PAF and Czech Units).
AD539 Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Collided with BL293 during a mock cobat sortie and crashed at Navmills Midlothian 19/12/41 F/Sgt Vojtek Smolik (s) but 787665 Sgt Jaroslav Kucera in BL293 was killed.
AD541 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
AD542
NN-D and later W
Vb Trans from 308 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 412 Sqn
AD547 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Aircraft failed to recover from a spin and crashed during practice dog-fight near Hornchurch 22/01/42 788039 Sgt Blazej Konvalina (k).
AD553
DU-E
Vb Del to 312 Sqn.
AD565 Vc Trans from 232 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 64 sqn.
AD567 Vc Trans from 610 Sqn to 312 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX915 2/43).
AD572
DU-C
Vc Del to 312 Sqn then to 303 Sqn. F/O Perina claimed an Fw.190 as shot down on 03/06/42 whilst flying this aircraft.
AD574
NN-E
Vc Del to 310 Sqn then to 308 Sqn.
AD577 Vc Trans from 130 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
AD582 Vc Del to 310 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX890 2/43).
AR281 V Trans from 111 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
AR331 V Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
AR335 Vc Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Engine cut out and the aircraft ditched 20 miles off Brest after combat with Me.110s during Ramrod 87 on 24/09/43. The pilot, 81886 Flt/Lt Vladislav Chocholin ‘Chocho’ (m) was not seen to bale out before the aircraft struck the water.
AR338 V Del to 310 Sqn then to 243 Sqn.
AR343 V Del to 310 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
AR344 V Trans from 602 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
AR372 V Trans from 501 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
AR375 Vb Trans from 501 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 403/408/416/222 Sqn’s then to 312 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
AR396 Vb Trans from 91 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
AR397 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s near Calais, whilst taking part in Circus 182 on 02/06/42. The pilot, 787669 Sgt Evzen Halamasek (m) did not survive.
AR404 Vb Trans from 416 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to USAAF.
AR423
NN-A
Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 306 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘The Robinson Fighter’).
AR424 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then struck off charge 25/10/45.
AR428 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
AR432 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
AR436 Vb Trans from 403 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 234/504 Sqns then to 313 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
AR438 Vb Trans from 416 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 52 OTU.
AR441 V Del to 312 Sqn then to 130/403 Sqns then to 313 Sqn then to 132/504 Sqn’s and then to 310 Sqn. Crashed on a railway line near Zaltbommel in the Netherlands, after striking trees during a Ranger Sortie on 11/08/44.The pilot, 788096 F/Sgt Elbogen died in the crash.
AR462
NN-N
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 610 Sqn
AR467 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
AR468
NN-H
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
AR491
NN-B
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 402 Sqn. Hit by anti-aircraft fire from an enemy convoy east of the Sept Isles, on 28/04/43.The aircraft sustained damage to its rudder. The pilot, Sgt Augustin Meier managed to get the aircraft back to Exeter, where it was found to have Cat.B damage.
AR492 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 350 Sqn.
AR493 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to RAF Tangmere.
AR495
NN-T
Vb Del to 310 Sqn Engine cut out and the aircraft ditched in the Channel 22/09/42 after encountering anti-aircraft fire during a Rhubarb to Lannion airfield. 787158 Sgt Arnost Stanek (k)
AR498
NN-W
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 350 Sqn Flt/Lt Emil Foit claimed to have damaged a Do.217 (port engine on fire) in this aircraft on 19/08/43 in’ Operation Jubilee’.
AR499
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn. W/o Adolf Fornusek claimed a Do.217 as damaged over Dieppe whilst flying this aircraft on 19/08/43.
AR500
NN-Z
Vb Del to 313 sqn then to 131/412/427 Sqn’s then to 310 Sqn, then to 131 Sqn again, then to 310 Sqn again, then to 186 Sqn Hit by flak whilst taking part in Circus 227 on 15/10/42. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service. It was later damaged by anti-aircraft fire from enemy vessels on 28.4.43. whilst on a Roadstead to the east of the Sept Isles. The aircraft had a number of large holes in the port wing. The pilot, Flt/Lt jiri Hartman was unhurt.
AR501
NN-A
Vc Del to 310 Sqn, then to 504 Sqn, then to RAF Churchstanton, then to 312 Sqn, then to 422 Sqn F/O Dolezal claimed a Do.217 as probably shot down and an Fw.190 as damaged, whilst flying this aircraft during Operation Jubilee on 18/08/41. The aircraft later took part in the famous Battle of Britain film. It spent time as an instructional airframe at Loughborough College and was later taken on by the Shuttleworth Trust.

AR502
NN-D
V Del to 310 Sqn this aircraft was also coded ‘KM’ as the personal aircraft of Wg/Cdr Karel Mrazek Damaged by Fw.190s and abandoned 25 miles south of Eddystone Lighthouse 07/11/42 whilst taking part in a Rhubarb to Cherbourg.The body of the pilot, 117613 P/O Jan Doucha was washed ashore near Swansea 12/42.
AR503
NN-Q
V Del to 310 Sqn, then to 504 Sqn
AR504 V Del to 312 Sqn, then to 441 Sqn.
AR506
V Del to 310 Sqn, then to 131 Sqn.
AR509
NN-K
V Trans from 167 Sqn to 310 Sqn, then to 132 Sqn.
AR511
DU-U
V Del to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn
AR512 V Del to 313 Sqn. Hit train during a practice attack at Blachford, Somerset on 04/06/43. The pilot, 61546 F/O Jaroslav Cermak, perished and was buried on 08/06/43.
AR514
NN-H
V Del to 310 Sqn, then to 131 Sqn and then back to 310 Sqn, then to 64 Sqn.
AR518 V Del to 313 Sqn, then to 66 Sqn.
AR519 V Del to 312 Sqn, then to 234 Sqn.
AR520 Vc Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s, north east of Brest, 5 miles south of Ile Vierge on 27/02/43, whilst on Ramrod 54. The pilot, 82530 Flt/Lt Miloslav Stusak baled out at a mere 300 feet and his parachute had hardly opened when he struck the water and was killed.
AR521
NN-G
V Del to 310 Sqn, then to 412 Sqn.
AR522 V Del to 312 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
AR529 V Del to 313 Sqn, then to 402 Sqn.
AR546 V Del to 313 Sqn. Collided with EP449 (F/Sgt Josef Blaha) and glided into sea, 15 miles off Portland, Dorset 15/01/43 during a Rhubarb escort mission to France. 110669 F/O Bedrich Kratkoruky (m) probably drowned.(see below under EP449).
AR547 Vc Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down by fighters fifteen miles east of St brieux, France on 08/03/43 whilst on a Ramrod to Rouen. The pilot, 87624 Flt/Lt Benignus Stefan (k) perished. His aircraft was last seen gliding towards France with its engine spewing smoke.
AR548
DU-V
Vc Del to 312 Sqn Crashed in bad weather at Harrowbeer 06/01/43 the aircraft disintegrated. F/Sgt Miroslav Liskutin was safe.
AR549 Vc Del to 313 Sqn, then to 317 Sqn.
AR550 Vc Del to 312 Sqn, then to 234/602/412/317 Sqns, then to 312 Sqn, then to 442 Sqn.
AR570 Vc Del to 310 Sqn, then to 61 OTU.
AR606 Vc Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Damaged by flak and abandoned during a Rhubarb to Lannion airfield on 18/11/42. The aircraft came down in the Channel, the pilot, 787338 F/Sgt Jaroslav Hlousek, was apparently wounded in the chest and did not survive.
AR610
NN-C
Vc Del to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn. This aircraft was shot-up by an FW.190 off Start Point. The pilot, P/O Ladislav Zadrobilek, suffered a broken arm, but managed to get the aircraft back to base. It was repaired and returned to service.
AR614
DU-Z
Vc Del to 312 Sqn then to 610 Sqn. Often flown by Sqn/Ldr Tomas Vyberal. It was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst on a Roadstead against shipping in the area of Guernsey on 14/05/43. A piece of a shell destroyed the R/T equipment and lodged behind the pilot’s seat. Vyberal was unhurt courtesy of the armour plating at his back. (This aircraft survived World War Two and having languished in museums and private ownership for many years it was later restored to flying condition in the UK)
AR616 Vc Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
BL231
DU-B
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Collided with probably Spitfire BL470 near Fairwood Common and crash-landed 02/05.42. Despite severe head injuries Sgt Frantisek Vaculik survived. (He later volunteered for service in the Soviet Union and became a member of the 1st Czech Fighter Regiment). The pilot of the second aircraft, 787707 Sgt Josef Janeba attempted to bail out, but he was too low, his chute did not deploy and he was killed.
BL252
DU-B
Vb Del to 312 Sqn.
BL254 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 152 Sqn.
BL258 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 441 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Canadian Pacific I’).
BL259 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
BL260
DU-A
Vb Del to 312 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX880 2/43).
BL265
NN-L
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Collided with a second Spitfire, during a scramble take off from Bolt Head on 23/06/42 P/O Jaromir Strihavka (s).
BL289 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to Russia 3/43.
BL291 Vb Trans from 308 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
BL292 Vb Trans from 222 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
BL293
NN-Z
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Collided with AD539 during a training flight and crashed New Mills, Ayreshire on 19/12/41. The pilot, Sgt Jaroslav Kucera perished.
BL314 Vb Trans from 332 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 234/504 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn Struck off Charge 03/07/45.
BL319 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
BL329 Vb Trans from 118 Sqn to 313 Sqn to Armee de l’Air 1/45.
BL334 Vb Trans from 602 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
BL340
DU-X
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Missing on bomber escort mission to Cherbourg 03/06/42 believed shot down by Fw.190s. The pilot, 82542 Flt/Lt Bedrich Dvorak bailed out and landed in the Channel. He was picked up by French fishermen and became a POW. He participated in the ‘Great Escape ’from Zagan, but was recaptured and fortunately didn’t suffer the fate that befell many of those who were recaptured.
BL343
DU-P
Vb Del to 312 Sqn.then to Admiralty 9/42 Flt/Lt Karel Kasal ‘Pablo’ was wounded in the right leg during a combat with an enemy fighter on 23/06/42. He managed to get the aircraft back to base and it was later repaired and returned to service.
BL350 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Mysore’).
BL381
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. P/O Ottmar Kucera claimed a Ju.88 as shot down whilst flying this aircraft on 16/02/42. This aircraft suffered combat damage on 21/03/42 after participating in attacks on a Ju.88 near Saltee Island. The pilot Sgt Jaroslav Dobrovolny was severely wounded, but managed to get the aircraft back to base. Only a few weeks later the aircraft made a forced landing after losing power, near Fairwood Common 02/05/42 F/O Viktor Kaslik (s).
BL415 Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
BL470
DU-J
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Apparently collided with another Spitfire on take off from Fairwood Common 02/05/42. Sgt Frantisek Vaculik’s aircraft caught the tail of BL470, causing it to break off. Whether this aircraft played a part in the collision involving BL231 and BL512 (see above) at Fairwood Common on the same date is not clear. 787707 P/O Josef Janeba (k) baled out too low and was killed.
BL480 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s fifteen miles south of Gravelines 10/04/42. 788141 Sgt Frantisek Pokorny (m) was listed as missing in action. Earlier in the year on 07/01/42, he had narrowly survived a collision with P/O Jan Zerovnicky, whilst serving with 56 OTU. Pokorny managed to crash land, but Zerovnicky did not survive the crash of his Hurricane V7469.

BL487
DU-Z
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to Admiralty 9/42.
BL493 Vb Trans from 416 Sqn to 312 Sqn (Converted to Seafire NX906 3/43).
BL495
NN-U
Vb Del to 310 Sqn, then to 332 Sqn. This aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire during a Rhubarb to Lannion airfield on 23/07/42. A one metre wide hole was created in the starboard wing. The pilot, F/Sgt Leopold Srom, managed to get the aircraft back to base and it was later repaired and returned to service.
BL497
NN-Y
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Collided with AD420 (see above) over Perranporth 12/04/42 which crashed killing the pilot Sgt Stanislav Halama. Flt/Lt Stanislav Zimprich, the pilot of BL497, tried to make a forced landing. He overshot, hit the water and ended up 200 yards off shore. Some army personnel tried to form a human chain to rescue him, but were unsuccessful. The aircraft was washed up in the afternoon, south of Chapel Rocks, minus its engine and with the cockpit empty. Zimprich’s body was washed up over three months later on 19/07/42 at Combe Martin in Devon.
BL512 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 67 Obs Group USAAF. This aircraft was involved in collision with a second Spitfire (probably BL231) on take off from Fairwood Common on 02/05/42 (See also comments regarding BL470 above). F/Sgt Frantisek Mares DFM, survived and the aircraft was repaired and later returned to service.
BL516 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 72 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Prinses Margriet’).
BL517
NN-E
Vb Trans from 314 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Damaged by an Fw.190 and abandoned near Witheridge Devon on 23/06/42 P/O Frantisek Trejtnar took to his parachute and survived, but was wounded (he also broke a leg on landing) and spent six months recovering before coming back to 310 Sqn in January 1943. Following the combat the Luftwaffe pilot (Oblt Faber) was unsure of his position and landed at RAF Pembrey in error. Both he and his aircraft, an Fw.190A-3, were captured).
BL518 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘The Gay Gordon’).
BL525 Vb Trans from 118 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 61 OTU (Presentation aircraft ‘Elcardo The Thistle’).
BL529 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 610/111 Sqn’s then to Admiralty (Converted to Seafire NX894 2/43).
BL541 Vb Trans from 332 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BL579 Vb Trans from 308 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
BL581
RY-X
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn
BL591 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
BL600 Vb Trans from 118 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Bromley’). Swung on landing at Skeabrae and undercarriage collapsed. The pilot Sgt Jaroslav Kauer was safe.the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
BL626
DU-I
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. This aircraft was shot down by Fw.190s on a bomber escort sortie (Circus 6) to Cherbourg on 03/06/42. The pilot, 83232 P/O Ivo Tonder bailed out and was taken POW. He later took part in the ‘Great Escape’ from Zagan, but was recaptured some days later. Fortunately he did not suffer the same fate (summary execution!) as many of his comrades in the aftermath of the escape.
BL666 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
BL671 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 1696 Flt. Damaged in a mid-air collision on 11/05/44, but aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
BL710 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.

BL760 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn, then to 313 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BL767
NN-V
Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn, then to 313 Sqn then to FLS.
BL769 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 222 Sqn. This aircraft ws shot-up by an Me.109 off Boulogne during a Ramrod in the afternoon of 01/04/42. The aircraft was subsequently repaired and the pilot, Flt/Lt Frantisek Fajtl (s) was unharmed.
BL819 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
BL820 Vb Trans from 331 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
BL821 Vb Trans from 331 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
BL830 Vb Trans from 65 Sqn to 313 Sqn, then to 442 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Skagen Ind’).
BL846
NN-X
Vb Del to 310 Sqn, then to 412 Sqn.
BL850 Vb Trans from 402 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 41/308/610/316/118 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
BL851
NN-Q
Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU. Struck by Martinet (HP241) whilst taxying on 06/09/44 and suffered Cat.E damage.
BL852 Vb Trans from 402 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 403 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Lembang’).
BL862 Vb Trans from 331 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BL888 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
BL892 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
BL895 Vb Trans from 242 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Admiralty 1/44.
BL922 Vb Trans from 411 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn. Crashed during an exercise near Ballyhalbert and was damaged beyond repair on 05/10/43.
BL923 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
BL941 Vb Trans from 126 Sqn to 313 Sqn to 611 Sqn.
BL957 Vb Trans from 402 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 222/242/131/91 Sqn’s then to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
BL966 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BL970 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 152 Sqn.
BL973
RY-S
Vb Del to 313 Sqn (This aircraft had ‘Tally Ho!’ painted on the fuselage and also carried a cartoon image of Pluto). Shot down between Guines and Audembert, France whilst escorting bombers as part of Ramrod 33 on 17/05/42 the pilot, 82545 Flt/Lt Stanislav Fejfar was killed. Fejfar was officially an ‘ace’ with five confirmed victories (two with the French AF). He is buried in Pehen les Guines, south east of Calais
BL997 Vb Trans from 306 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BM113 Vb Trans from 65 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 441 Sqn .
BM115 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Crashed on landing Hornchurch 16/04/42. The aircraft suffered severe damage and was struck off charge.
BM117 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM121 Vb Trans from 412 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 61 OTU (Presentation aircraft ‘Bromley’). Spitfire AR516 (pilot Sgt Josef Morch) ran into this aircraft at Ibsley and caused Cat. C damage on 14/11/43. Pilot Flt/Lt Vaclav Raba was safe.
BM127 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn. Damaged by enemy fighters during a Ramrod to Flushing 30/04/42. Sgt Jaroslav Hlouzek (s) managed to get the aircraft back to base and it was later repaired.
BM129 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 132 Sqn.
BM132 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154/64/154/485/611/130/118 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn (again) then to 61 OTU. (Presentation aircraft ‘Rootes Snipe’). Whilst with 313 sqn (for the second time) this aircraft suffered Cat. E damage whilst engaged on operations on 28/07/44. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
BM137 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn
BM145 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
BM195 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 129 Sqn.
BM203 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM207 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘The Dominant Factor’).
BM209 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Ran out of fuel and crashed at Bennington Kent on 05/05/42 whilst returning from Circus 157. The aircraft was a write off, but the pilot, P/O Kucera, was safe.
BM227 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM229 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 67th Obs Group USAAF.
BM242 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Silver Blue’).
BM248 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Nuffield’).
BM258 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 130 Sqn.
BM261 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Shot down in flames by Fw.190s near Furnes 05/05/42 whilst on Circus 157, a bomber escort sortie to a power station in the Lille area. 787431 Sgt Karel Pavlik (k) died, his aircraft was thought to have been shot down by Hptm ‘Pips’ Priller of JG.26. Pavlik’s aircraft was heavily impacted into the mud behind German lines and could not be recovered until 1945. At which point his body was found to be still in the cockpit. He was buried with full military honours in May 1945 at Ypres in Belgium.
BM268 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
BM273 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 165/316 Sqns then to 312 sqn then to 65 Sqn.
BM293 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Missing from Ramrod 250 (escorting a formation of Marauders) and presumed shot down by Fw.190s near Beauvais, during the morning of 27/09/43. The pilot, 787374 F/Sgt Tomas Zrnik, was listed at missing.
BM295 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
BM301
RY-R
Vb Del to 313 Sqn ‘Puss in Boots’ then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Admiration’). F/O J Prihoda claimed an Fw.190 as shot down on 27/04/42 and another as a probable, on 09/05/42 whilst flying this aircraft.
BM306
RY-E
Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Damaged by Fw.190s whilst taking part in Circus 157 on 05/05/42. The aircraft made a crash landing and was later struck off charge. P/O Vaclav Jicha (s) had taken on four Fw.190s single handed over Lille, the aircraft had damage to its starboard wing and tail. He was escorted back to the coast by two Spitfires of 122 Sqn.
BM309 Vb Trans from 303 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to Admiralty 4/44.
BM318 Vb Trans from 350 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 122 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BM322
DU-S
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154/64/154 Sqn’s then to 312 Sqn then to No.1 Tactical Exercise Unit (Presentation aircraft ‘MAA’). On 24/12/43 Flt/Lt Josef Stehlik made a forced landing in this aircraft some 2 miles south east of Yarmouth on the Isle of Wight. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
BM323 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘WRM’). Flt/Lt Otmar Kucera claimed to ahave shot down an Fw.190 in the area of Lille, whilst at the controls of this aircraft on 05/05/42
BM328 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM345 Vb Trans from 72 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 72 Sqn (again).
BM357
RY-H
Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Damaged by Fw.190′s whilst on Circus 132 and spun into the ground near Colchester, Essex when returning to base 24/04/42. The pilot, 787673 Sgt Prokop Brazda, perished. During his attempt to recover to base he was escorted and protected by F/O Vaclav Jicha, who was later awarded a DFC for this action.
BM360 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Missing after combat with JG.26 on 17/05/42 whilst escorting bombers on Ramrod 33. The pilot, 787528 Sgt Miroslav Borkovec (m) perished.
BM374 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM381 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 61 OTU (Presentation aircraft ‘Eliabethville’). Crashed at Bircham Newton when the undercarriage collapsed on landing on 25/08/44. Aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
BM400
NN-T
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 340 Sqn
BM402
NN-V
Vb Trans from 611 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn then back to 310 Sqn then to 57 OTU.
BM403 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 122 Sqn.
BM409 Vb Trans from 122 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
BM419 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
BM424 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
BM428 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
BM452 Vb Trans from 154 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Engine failure whilst on a search and rescue sortie and ditched in the English Channel on 31/07/42. The pilot, Flt/Lt Jaroslav Muzika was rescued by an ASR launch off Bolt Head.
BM458 Vb Trans from 122 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 165 Sqn.
BM483 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM510 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 154 Sqn.
BM517 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 91 Sqn. Damaged in combat with Fw.190s whilst taking part in Circus 182 on 02/06/42. The pilot, F/O Jicha was unharmed and the aircraft was repaired and retuned to service.
BM522 Vb Trans from 485 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 19 Sqn.
BM565 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 421 Sqn.
BM567 Vb Trans from 314 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
BM581 Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
BM592
AV
Vb Del to 310 Sqn (attached to 121 Sqn) This aircraft collided with an Fw.190 over the Channel off Start Point, whilst returning from a Ramrod to Morlaix on 23/06/42. The pilot 83233 Wg/Cdr Alois Vasatko ‘The Great Amos’ was killed. The aircraft which was on the charge of 310 Sqn, although being flown by Vasatko as leader of the Czech Wing; was last seen diving vertically into the sea with all guns blazing
BM630 Vb Trans from 124 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 121 Sqn.
BM633 Vb Trans from 130 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
BM649 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Admiralty 5/44.
BM653 Vb Trans from 501 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 315 Sqn.
BP856
RY-H
Vc Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Missing presumed shot down by enemy fighters whilst on a bomber escort sortie to Brest on 24/09/43. The 313 Squadron Commander, 81891 Sqn/Ldr Jaroslav Himr, was presumed killed after an attack by enemy fighters.
BP862 Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s whilst on a bomber escort (USAAF B.24s) mission to Brest 06/03/43. The last message from the pilot 110307 F/O Josef Prihoda DFC (m), had indicated that he was pursuing an enemy fighter.
BP863 Vc Del to 312 Sqn then to 411 Sqn .
BR189 VI Trans from 124 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BR252
NN-E
VI Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BR297
NN-D
VI Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BR304
NN-K
VI Trans from 234 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BR391 Vc Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
BR577
NN-G
VI Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BR579
NN-H
VI Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn. Often flown by Flt/Lt Vladislav Chocholin ‘Chocho’ (however see under AR335).
BR623 IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 6018M 7/46.
BR632 IX Trans from 316 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to CFE.
BS125 IX Trans from 331 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn then to 312 Sq then to SAAF 4/48.
BS126
NN-Z
IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then sold 4/47 This aircraft suffered a burst tyre on take off from North Weald on 26/09/44. The aircraft swung and the undercarriage collapsed. The pilot, F/Sgt Josef Prokopec was unhurt.
BR127 IX Trans from 131 Sqn to 313 sqn then to 611 Sqn then to 310/312 Sqn’s then sold 10/49.
BS129 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48.
BS141
NN-Z
IX Trans from 234 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 118 Sqn
BS144
NN-O
IX Trans from 65 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Stalled on approach to Bradwell Bay and crashed 19/02/45 Sgt Jaroslav Jiranek was uninjured.
BS146
NN-F
IX Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BS242 IX Trans from 131 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
BS248
NN-B
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 6516M to RDAF 6/48
BS249
NN-B
IX Trans from 317 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 6452M 10/47
BS281 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
BS286
NN-F
IX Trans from 229 to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 6020M 2/46
BS348 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
BS384 IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611Sqn then to 312 Sqn. Scrapped 11/49.
BS386 IX Trans from 222 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
BS387 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 7/46.
BS403
NN-P
IX Trans from AAEE to 310 Sqn then to 80 OTU then to Armee de l’Air 7/46
BS408 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BS409
NN-R
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48.
BS433
DU-G
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Aircraft disintegrated in the air after engine failure during a training flight on 09/02/45.The pilot, 185292 P/O Alois Zalesky, perished.
BS437
NN-C
IX Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn
BS442
NN-G
IX Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BS458
DU-F
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Turf Club 2’). Engine cut and the aircraft made a forced landing near Bradwell Bay 01/02/45. The pilot 2nd Lt A C Gaydos USAAF, survived (he was the Canadian born son of Slovak parents, who had previously enlisted in the RAF, and who had transferred to the USAAF early in 1944).

BS464 IX Trans from 222 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 6/46.
BS472
NN-A
VI Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn
BS508 IX Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn to RHAF 3/48.
BS512
NN-U
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to SAAF 5/47. Often flown by W/O Karel Perina.
BS513 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 sqn then to FLS.
BS534 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 504 Sqn.
BS538 IX Trans from 501 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
BS544
NN-M
IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 10/46.
BS549
NN-P
IX Trans from 341 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
BS555
NN-D
IX Trans from 303 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 7/46.
EE617 Vc Trans from 302 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
EE622
NN-T
Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
EE626 Vc Del to 310 Sqn then to 316 Sqn.
EE631
NN-P
Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn then to 310 Sqn (again) then to 443 Sqn.
EE635
NN-C
Vc Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Struck by anti-aircraft fire from an enemy convoy off Guernsey, Sept Isles, whilst on Roadstead 60 and crashed into the sea 28/04/43. The pilot, 117614 F/O Otto Pavlu (m), did not survive. (He had taken part in the Battle of Britain as a member of 1 Sqn RAF)
EE637
NN-C
Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
EE638 Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 453 Sqn.
EE643 Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 165 Sqn.
EE661
NN-J
Vc Trans from 66 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 402 Sqn.
EE680 Vc Trans from 130 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn. F/Sgt Tocauer claimed an Fw.190 as probably shot down on 04/04/43 whilst flying this aircraft.
EE681 Vc Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 442 sqn.
EE715 Vc Trans from 412 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 402 Sqn.
EE721
DU-E
Vc Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 130 Sqn.
EE725
NN-E
Vc Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Abandoned after engine failure, fifteen miles off Beachy Head on 28/03/43. The pilot, Flt/Lt Hugo Hrbacek survived.
EE746
NN-X
Vc Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn.
EE768
NN-Y
Vc Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn Damaged in combat whilst on shipping recce’ sortie to Le Sept Isles 03/05/43. The pilot, P/O Stanislav Peroutka, was wounded in the shoulder but managed to get the aircraft back to base.
EN122 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
EN127
NN-P
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Missing, last seen coming down in the Channel off Kent Coast 31/08/44. The pilot, 787229 F/Sgt Frantisek Rehor was listed as missing.
EN266 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn to Armee de l’Air 9/46.
EN393 IX Trans from No.6 FRU to 310 Sqn then scrapped 11/49.
EN527 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn. F/O Smik claimed three V1′s as downed on 08/07/44 whilst flying this aircraft.
EN765 Vb Del to 310 Sqn (aircraft used by Wg/Cdr Karel Mrazek up to 7/42 and coded ‘KM’ )then to 421 Sqn.
EN775 Vb Trans from 124 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 453 Sqn.
EN793
DU-C
Vb Trans from 317 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 443 Sqn
EN827 Vb Trans from 41 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 288 Sqn.
EN836 Vb Trans from 41 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
EN841
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
EN866 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to the Admiralty 2/44.
EN892 Vb Trans from 315 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
EN893 Vb Trans from 316 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 3/45. (Presentation aircraft ‘Bexley’).
EN894 Vb Trans from USAAF to 313 Sqn then to 453 Sqn.
EN898 Vb Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
EN899 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 61 OTU.
EN946 Vb Trans from RAE to 310 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.
EN947 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 17 SFTS.
EN949 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 129 Sqn.
EN959 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 443 Sqn.
EN960
NN-X
Vb Trans from 133 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s off Guernsey, Sept Isles 03/05/43. F/O Peroutka witnessed the aircraft go down on fire, with its engine seized. The pilot, 787699 W/O Karel Korber, baled out, but apparently released his parachute too soon, came down in the water and drowned.
EN961 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 442 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘City of Wells’).
EN964 Vb Trans from 118 Sqn to 313 sqn then to 66 Sqn.
EN965 Vb Trans from 610 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 234 Sqn.
EN974 Vb Trans from 501 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 132 Sqn.
EP109 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 403 Sqn.
EP110 Vb Trans from 52 OTU to 313 Sqn then to 57 OTU.
EP116 Vb Del to 310 sqn then to 316 Sqn.
EP119 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 167 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘The City of Wakefield’).
EP125 Vb Trans from 234 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
EP127
NN-P
Vb Del to 310 Sqn.
EP129 Vb Trans from 167 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 131 Sqn then to 310 Sqn and then to 442 Sqn.
EP169 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 41 OTU.
EP170 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to the Admiralty 1/44.
EP223
NN-B
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn then to 310 Sqn (again) and then to 26 Sqn.
EP238 Vb Trans from 610 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 2 TEU.
EP240 Vb Trans from 118 sqn to 312 Sqn then to 350 Sqn.
EP250
NN-P
Vb Trans from 167 Sqn to 310 Sqn to 131 Sqn then to 310 Sqn (again)(NN-W) then to Westland Aircraft then to 17 SFTS.
EP287
NN-X
Vb Del to 310 sqn. Missing presumed shot down whilst on Ramrod 54, by Fw.190s north east of Brest on 27/02/43. Pilot, 82540 P/O Frantisek Burda was taken prisoner
EP328 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
EP335 Vb Trans from 610 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 52 OTU.
EP347
NN-J
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn
EP352 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
EP355 Vb Trans from 610 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Bellylanded on a beach at Brixham, Devon 31/07/42. The pilot, Flt/Lt Bohuslav Kimlicka was safe.
EP364
NN-V
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 129 Sqn.
EP394 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 19 Sqn.
EP395 Vb Trans from 167 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 131 sqn then to 310 Sqn (again) then to 501 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Faversham’).
EP411
NN-M
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 317 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 411 Sqn.
EP413
NN-F
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 118 Sqn This aircraft suffered Cat.B damage during a Rhubarb sortie on 23/07/42. The pilot Sgt Arnost Stanek was unhurt.
EP432
DU-R
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn. F/O Keprt claimed a Do.215 as shot down on 19/08/42 whilst flying this aircraft.
EP447 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 53 OTU.
EP449 Vb Del to 313 Sqn. Collided with AR546 at 22,000 feet and crashed north west of Cap de la Hague, whilst taking part in a Circus during the late afternoon of 15/01/43. The pilot, 788010 F/Sgt Josef Blaha was probably killed instantly. The squadron formation was making a sharp turn into the sun when the collision occurred. Both Blaha and the pilot of AR546, 110669 F/O Bedrich Kratkoruky, (see above under AR546) perished.
EP452
NN-D
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 167 Sqn. S/Ldr Frantisek Dolezal claimed a Do217 and an Fw.190 as damaged on 19/08/42 whilst at the control so this aircraft during Operation Jubilee.
EP453
NN-C
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Sgt Viktor Popelka claimed a Do.217 as damaged, whilst over Dieppe on 19/08/42 during Operation Jubliee. The aircraft was listed as missing on a weather reconnaissance sortie, believed crashed into the sea off Bolt Head on 11/09/42. The pilot, 788040 Sgt Karel Janata did not survive. Flt/Lt Bergman lost sight of Janata some 25 miles off the coast.
EP461
FD
Vb Del to 303 Sqn also used by Czech Fighter Wing. Flown by Wg/Cdr Frantisek Dolezal.

EP464
NN-E
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. Flt/Lt Bohuslav Kimlicka claimed a Do.217 as damaged over Dieppe, whilst at the controls of this aircraft during Operation Jubilee on 19/08/42. The aircraft was listed as missing presumed shot down by Fw.190s, whilst taking part in Ramrod 50, near Morlaix on 29/01/43. The squadron was escorting 12 Bostons to attack Morlaix viaduct. The pilot, 787602 W/O Miroslav Petr did not survive.
EP485 Vb Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 41 OTU.
EP487 Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
EP491 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 350 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Albertville’).
EP518
DU-N
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn. Sgt Vaclav Ruprecht claimed an Fw.190 as probably shot down on 19/08/42 whilst flying this aircraft.
EP539
DU-C
Vb Del to 312 Sqn. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire off St Peter Port, Guernsey whilst taking part in Roadstead 2, during the evening of 14/05/43.The pilot, 117370 F/O Jaroslav Novak was attacking E-boats and was killed.
EP547
DU-B
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn P/O Vojtek Smolik claimed a probable Fw.190 on 19.8.42. whilst flying this aircraft during Operation Jubilee.
EP552 Vb Trans from 453 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 306 Sqn.
EP558 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 65/132/302 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn then to 1659 BD Flt.

EP559
DU-V
Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn. This aircraft was damaged in combat with Fw.190s over Dieppe (Operation Jubilee) on 19/08/42. It suffered Cat B damage with a large hole in the starboard wing. The pilot, Sgt Miroslav Liskutin was unharmed.
EP560
DU-S
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 412 Sqn This aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst taking part in Circus 227, on 15/10/42. It suffered Cat B damage, but was repaired. The pilot, F/Sgt Jaroslav Hlousek was unhurt (Unfortunately just over a month later Hlousek was killed during a Rhubarb to the Lannion area – see under AR606).
EP564 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 131 Sqn.
EP572
NN-Z
Vb Del to 310 Sqn. F/O Jiri Hartman claimed a damaged Do2 17 and and Me.110 over Dieppe on 19/08/42 whilst flying this aircraft. It was listed as missing, presumed shot down by Fw 190′s over Brittany on 27/02/43 whilst taking part in Ramrod 54, an escort mission to Brest. The pilot, 82944 Flt/Lt Vlaclav Ridkosil (m) did not survive.
EP575 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 234/504 and 402 Sqn’s .
EP594 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
EP600 Vb Del to 312 Sqn then to 131 Sqn.
EP608 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 167 Sqn.
EP614
NN-C
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn then to 131 Sqn.
EP637
NN-K
Vb Del to 310 Sqn then to 19 Sqn. Sgt Antonin Skach claimed an Fw.190 as damaged whilst flying this aircraft on 19/08/42 during Operation Jubilee.
EP640 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 350 Sqn.

EP660 Vb Del to 312 Sqn (DU-O) then to 313 Sqn (RY-Q) then to 611 Sqn. Sgt Liskutin claimed a Do.217 as shot down on 19/08/42 whilst at the controls of this aircraft (It was a victory shared with 131 Sqn).
EP664
RY-S
Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 453 Sqn
EP686 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn (again).
EP687 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 509 Sqn.
EP707 Vb Trans from 66 Sqn to 3412 Sqn then to 167 Sqn.
EP757 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
EP769 Vb Trans from 331 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn
EP785 Vb Del to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 234 Sqn.
JK620 Vb Trans from 612 Sqn to 313 Sqn then trans to Med. Damaged in an accident 29/05/44 and repaired. Later crashed in France on on ferry flight to the Middle East 06/03/45.
JK840 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
JL227
NN-F
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48.
LZ839 IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 310 Sqn to RHAF 3/48.
LZ916
NN-M
IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Struck by B.17 after landing at Melsbroek on 05/01/45. (Pilot was possibly Sgt Vaclav Nikl, who was injured).
LZ920
NN-K
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn (flown by Wg/Cdr Josef Hlado coded LO) thento 310 Sqn. Hit trees in a forced landing and damaged by fire, after the engine cut out near Hazlemere Surrey on 02/05/45.The pilot, F/Sgt Miroslav Kratochvil survived uninjured.
LZ951
DU-D
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Missing whilst on a training flight 09/02/45. Believed crashed into the sea north east of Bradwell Bay following oxygen failure. 787806 F/Sgt Ondrej Samberger perished.
MA226 IX Trans from 421 sqn to 310 Sqn. Failed to return after being hit by anti-aircraft fire whilst attacking barges at Breukelen in Holland on 05/09/44. W/O Antonin Kaminek survived and managed to evade capture and escaped through Belgium. He crossed over to the Allied side of the line on 13/12/44 and returned to Britain.
MA228
NN-T
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Missed runway on landing at dusk on 28/10/44 at North Weald and struck BL232 and W3320. The pilot, Sgt Vaclav Nikl was unhurt.
MA229
NN-T
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 sqn then to SAAF 1/49.
MA230 Vb Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Missing, presumed ditched, during a flight between Bradwell Bay and Manston on 23/02/45. The pilot, 788497 Sgt Karel Macura perished.
MA232 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 7/47.
MA235
NN-C
IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 3/48.
MA301
NN-D
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 6/46
MA309 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 80 OTU.
MA314 IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 80 OTU.
MA416 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MA467 IX Trans from 403 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 421 Sqn to RHAF 5/48.
MA477
NN-J
IX Trans from 19 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to SAAF 5/48
MA571 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 10/46.
MA582 IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48.
MA592 IX Trans from 412 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn
MA593 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 80 OTU.
MA594 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then scrapped 9/50.
MA639
NN-G
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to ECFS
MA740 IX Trans from 308 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
MA763 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MA803
NN-F
IX Trans from 122 Sqn to 310 Sqn to 6458M for RDAF 7/48
MA813 IX Trans from 33 sqn to 310 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 8/46.
MA814
NN-Y
IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn
MA815 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 sqn then to CFE.
MA819
NN-Y
IX Trans from 19 Sqn to 310 sqn then to RHAF 4/48. (Presentation aircraft ‘Barnsley Chop’).
MA832 IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn then scrapped 8/50. This aircraft was involved in a flying accident on 14/09/44 and suffered Cat. B damage.
MA834 IX Trans from 131 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 6/46.
MA841 IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 7/46.
MA843 IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
MA844 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MA845
NN-N
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Borough of Edmonton’). Swung off the runway, whilst landing, hit FIDO burners and overturned at Manston 06/04/45. The pilot 788557 Sgt Stanislav Zoul was seriously injured.
MA848 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MB763 VII Del to 312 Sqn then to 118/453 Sqn’s then to Station Flight Skeabrae. Overshot landing and tipped up at Skeabrae on 15/07/44. The aircraft was severely damaged and was finally struck off charge on 19/03/47.
MB828 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
MH315 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MH322 IX Trans from 131 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
MH323
NN-L
IX Trans from 131 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Collided with Spitfire MH330 (See below), during an affiliation exercise with USAAF P.51s at 1435 hours on 15/06/45. The pilot, 788129 W/O Jindrich Landsman, apparently baled out, but his body was not recovered. The incident occurred in an area to the north of Southwold, Suffolk, near Potter’s Bridge. MH323 disintegrated after the collision.
MH328 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
MH330
NN-U
IX Trans from 83 GSU to 313 Sqn then to 310 Sqn. P/O Victor Popelka baled out after a collision with Spitfire MH323 during an affiliation exercise with a USAAF Mustang Unit on 15/06/45 (See above under MH323). The collision occurred in an area to the north of Southwold, Suffolk. Popelka (s) ended up in the sea and was rescued after an hour by the trawler Florio.
MH332 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 8/47.
MH335 IX Trans from 403 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 58 OTU.
MH349 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Makers.
MH352 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 4/46.
MH353 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 80 OTU.
MH354
DU-J
IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Hit by anti-aircraft fire over Leverdeghuis, on 31/12/44. whilst on a Ramrod and crash landed near Bruges.The pilot, 131536 Flt/Lt Zdenek Donda died later of his injuries and was buried on the 03/01/45.
MH355
NN-G
IX Trans from 485 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to SAAF 2/49.
MH356 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to Armee de l’Air 8/46.
MH357
DU-Z
IX Trans from 612 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Struck from behind by Spitfire AB505 during formation take off from Bradwell Bay for Ramrod 1401 on 08/12/44. The pilot, 788644 Sgt Antonin Vanko, perished in the subsequent crash and fire. The pilot of the AB505 survived (see above entry).
MH367 IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to EFS.
MH368 IX Trans from 122 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 611 Sqn.
MH372 IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 310 Sqn then sold 12/49.
MH373 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MH376
NN-A
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Engine cut out and the aircraft bellylanded one mile north of Netersal in Holland on 22/02/45. The pilot, Sgt Jaroslav Chmelik survived.
MH382 IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 313 Sqn to 611 Sqn.
MH474 IX Trans from 132 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 126 Sqn.
MH496 IX Trans from 350 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to FCCS.
MH616 IX Trans from 274 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Hit by anti-aircraft fire, whilst attacking barges at Breukelen on 05/09/44 and failed to return. The pilot, 131111 F/O Rostislav Kanovsky became a POW.
MH666 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MH692 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 303 Sqn.
MH694 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MH777
NN-M
IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn
MH819 IX Trans from 485 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 332 Sqn (Presentation aircraft ‘Red Rose III’). This aircraft made a heay landing at Appledram on 12/06/44 and broke an undercarriage leg. The pilot Sgt Tomas Gibian was safe and the aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
MH822 IX Trans from 165 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MH823 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 303 Sqn.
MH830 IX Trans from 504 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 10/48.
MH831 IX Trans from 308 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48.
MH832 IX Trans from 421 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 8/47.
MH839
NN-B
IX Del to 310 sqn. The engine cut and the aircraft stalled on approach to Bradwell Bay 12/10/44. F/Sgt Jaroslav Kauer survived.
MH840 IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 80 OTU.
MH843
NN-F
IX Trans from 122 Sqn to 310 Sqn. The engine cut out and the aircraft belly-landed near Louvain, whilst on a bomber escort mission (Ramrod 1393) on 04/12/44. Sqn/Ldr Jiri Hartman was unhurt.
MH851 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 3/48.
MH855 IX Trans from 229 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to SAAF 10/48.
MH875 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 58 OTU. (Presentation aircraft ‘Forward VI’).
MH878
NN-F
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Ran out of fuel and crash-landed three miles south of Boulogne, whilst on Ramrod 1414, on 23/12/44. The pilot, 787634 F/Sgt Jaroslav Kauer died in the crash.
MH881 IX Trans from 274 Sqn to 310 sqn then to Armee de l’Air 11/45.
MH908
NN-A
IX Trans from 65 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to RHAF 4/48
MH938 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
MH940 IX Trans from 611 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to CFE.

MJ120 IX Trans from 33 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 303 Sqn.
MJ198 IX Trans from 412 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 327 Sqn
MJ201 IX Trans from 222 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 331 Sqn.
MJ216 IX Trans from 453 Sqn to 310 sqn then to 504 Sqn.
MJ291
NN-V
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 64 Sqn. Often flown by F/O Otto Smik DFC (Smik was an ‘ace’ with eight confirmed individual victories and three shared, plus 3 V.1 Flying Bombs).
MJ292 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
MJ293 IX Trans from 317 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
MJ311
NN-W
IX Trans from 80 Sqn to 310 Sqn. Spun into the ground out of cloud and crashed near Drakes Farm, School Rd., Rayne, Essex, on 03/09/44. The Squadron was assembling to escort Halifax bombers for a raid on a Dutch airfield. The pilot, 788032 W/O Antonin Skach, informed Sqn/Ldr Raba that he had engine trouble and was returning to base. He was unable to jettison his full 90 gallon blister tank before the crash, and his efforts in this regard may have contributed to the crash in which he perished.
MJ344 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
MJ361 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MJ477 IX Trans from 504 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
MJ499
DU-R
IX Del to 312 Sqn. Ran out of fuel and engine cut out on approach to Portsmouth on 11/06/44. The aircraft caught fire. The pilot, Flt/Lt Frantisek Truhlar was injured and did not return to the squadron. (He was a fomer air gunner with 311 Czech Squadron who had been badly burned previously in the Crash of a Wellington bomber)
MJ509 IX Del to 310 Sqn. Lost power on take-off and made a belly landing at Manston on 15/05/44. F/Sgt Antonin Sveceny survived (He was a Czech borne in the Ukraine).
MJ530
NN-X
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 485 Sqn
MJ553 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 414 Sqn.

MJ558 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Missing believed shot down by Hptm Wolfgang Neu in an Fw.190 of JG.26, after a protracted dog-fight, near Malines on 19/04/44. The Squadron was escorting a formation of B.26 bombers. The pilot, 787187 W/O Arnost Mrtvy was wounded and died shortly after making a forced landing in a field.
MJ571 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 317 Sqn.
MJ572
DU-W
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to Czech AF 30.8.45.
MJ605
NN-P
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
MJ612 IX Del to 313 Sqn then scrapped 2/50.
MJ623 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
MJ636 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
MJ637
DU-B
IX Del to 312 Sqn./span> Engine cut on approach, stalled and crashed Mendlesham 11/03/44 Sgt Antonin Ocelka was unhurt. (Ocelka had formerly been an aircraft fitter with 311 Sqn).
MJ663
NN-B
IX Del to 310 Sqn. Shot down by anti-aircraft fire near Balleroy, whilst taking part in Ramrod 905 on 21/05/44. The pilot, 176089 P/O Karel Valasek was taken prisoner.
MJ668 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 441 Sqn.
MJ714
NN-Z
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 421 Sqn then to 310 Sqn (again) and to 421 Sqn (again).
MJ722
NN-E
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 412 Sqn.
MJ726 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.
MJ751
DU-V
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 91 Sqn. Often flown by F/O Miroslav Liskutin.
MJ752 IX Trans from 403 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to Czech AF 20/08/45.
MJ792 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
MJ798
NN-W
IX Del to 310 Sqn. Damaged by anti-aircraft fire from a train, 5 miles east of Lisieux and made a crash landing on 21/05/44. The pilot, Sqn/Ldr Hugo Hrbacek, evaded captivity with the help of the French Resistance. He returned to Britain during August.
MJ799 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 453 Sqn.
MJ801 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
MJ825 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 340 Sqn.
MJ829 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.

MJ840
DU-L
IX Del to 312 Sqn. Whilst returning to base from a sortie over France, flew into high ground in cloud at Barnes Farm, Washington, Sussex, on 11/06/44. The aircraft was damaged by fire. The pilot, 787647 Sgt Vilem Nosek perished.
MJ881 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MJ884 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to to 310 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
MJ888 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 308 Sqn.
MJ893 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn.
MJ900 IX Del 312 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
MJ906
NN-M
IX Del to 310 Sqn. The engine cut after take off, the aircraft stalled and hit the ground at Appledram on 07/06/44. The pilot, 787609 F/Sgt Miroslav Moravec, died in the crash. (His family had been executed in 1942 following the assassination of Heydrich).
MJ907
DU-A
IX Del to 312 Sqn. Missing from a reconnaissance sortie near Le Havre on 21/05/44. The pilot, W/O Robert Ossendorf evaded capture with the help of the French Resistance and returned to Britain in July.
MJ931
DU-L
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn F/O Ladislav Svetlik claimed an Fw.190 as destroyed on 23/03/44 whilst flying this aircraft.
MJ940
DU-J
IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn. Collided with a Me.109 off Normandy and abandoned on 10/06/44. The pilot, Sgt Jindrich Konvicka baled out off the French coast and was rescued.
MJ947 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 302 Sqn. This aircraft made a forced landing near Chilbolton following an engine failure on 04/02/44. The aircraft was repaired and returned to service.
MJ963 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
MJ979 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Collided with MK344 (also of 313 Sqn- see later entry) and crashed in the sea off Selsey Bill, Sussex on 26/04/44. The pilot, 82558 Flt/Lt Jan Laska, survived the crash, but died later in hospital and was buried on 02/05/44.
MJ998 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 308 Sqn.
MK116
NN-O
IX Del to 310 Sqn. The engine cut and the aircraft ditched in the Channel, whilst on Ramrod 905, on 21/05/44. The pilot, 788332 F/Sgt Augustin Meier, was missing and probably went down with his aircraft.
MK122 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Missing from Ramrod 761 to Abbeville (a ‘Noball’ target) on 20/05/44. W/O A Wemyss became a POW.
MK131 IX Del to 313 Sqn. The engine cut on take off and the aircraft swung and tipped up on its nose at Mendlesham 06/03/44.
MK150
IX Del to 310 Sqn. Damaged by the detonation of its own bomb, during a ground attack training sortie and crashed at Appledram 26/04/44. The pilot, 787570 F/Sgt Vojtech Lysicky was killed.
MK173 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Engine cut out and the aircraft made belly landing at Cavenham, Suffolk on 11/03/44.
MK180 IX Trans from 485 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 332 Sqn.
MK188 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to Royal Netherlands AF 8/48.
MK189 IX Trans from 485 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MK205
RY-J
IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 205 Sqn This aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire, whilst making a dive bombing attack on a ‘Noball’ target on 29/05/44. The pilot, Flt/Lt Vaclav Slouf managed to get back to base.
MK208 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MK211 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 126 Sqn.
MK228
NN-F
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
MK242
NN-S
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 91 Sqn
MK244 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
MK248
DU-R
IX Del to 312 Sqn. Shot down by Fw.190s whilst on escort mission for B26 raid (Ramrod 753), during the evening of 19/04/44. The pilot, 82539 Flt/Lt Bohuslav Budil became a POW.
MK254 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 312 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
MK257 IX Del to 312 sqn then to 441 Sqn then to Czech AF 10/06/47.
MK266 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 442 Sqn.
MK280 IX Trans from 485 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 329 Sqn.
MK291 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
MK292 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 326 Sqn.
MK304
NN-G
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 442 Sqn
MK320 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MK344
RY-V
IX Del to 313 Sqn. Collided with MJ979 (also off 313 Sqn) and had its tail ripped off in the area of Selsey Bill and crashed on 26/04/44. The pilot, 788113 F/Sgt Frantisek Fanta died. His body was found near the wreckage, with his parachute only partially deployed.
MK483
VY
IX Del to 312 Sqn (This aircraft was at one time coded ‘VY’) then to 64 Sqn This aircraft was often flown by Wg/Cdr Tomas Vyberal, OC of 134 Wing.
MK532 IX Del to 313 Sqn to Royal Hellenic AF 2/47.
MK606 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 322 Sqn.
MK608
DU-D
IX Del to 312 Sqn. Damaged beyond repair in a ground collision at Manston on 15/05/44. The aircraft landed, swung to starboard and was struck by the aircraft behind (being flown by Flt/Lt Ladislav Svelik). The pilot, 788090 F/Sgt Antonin Prvonic died in the crash.
MK609 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Overshot landing and hit a dispersal pen at Southend on 15/03/44.
MK670 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then sold for scrap 2/50.
MK675 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 sqn then to 118 Sqn.
MK680 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 sqn.
MK681 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to RDAF 10/48.
MK682
DU-C
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Hit by anti-aircraft fire, whilst attacking flak positions near Willemsdorp and made a forced landing 18/09/.44. The squadron had been escorting Dakota aircraft heading for the Moerdijk Bridge at Eindhoven Operation Market Garden). The pilot, 787772 F/Sgt Antonin Ocelka was wounded, but survived and became a POW. (He was formerly an engine fitter with 311 Sqn).
MK691 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. The engine cut on take off and the aircraft made a belly landing near North Weald on 28/08/44 and was damaged beyond repair. The pilot, Flt/Lt Karel Posta survived.

MK694
RY-E
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 302 Sqn to RDAF 1/49. Often flown by W/O Antonin Skach.
MK716 IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 414 Sqn.
MK745 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
MK756 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 308 Sqn.
MK775 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 602 Sqn.
MK795 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 411 Sqn.
MK805 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
MK827 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 416 Sqn.
MK839 IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 329 Sqn.
MK842 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to South African AF 7/47.
MK888 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 401 Sqn.
MK895 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 64 Sqn.
MK912 IX Del to 312 Sqn to Royal Netherland AF 7/46. After its service there, the aircraft was sold and reappeared in the UK registered as G-BRRA. In the 1990s it underwent restoration and then spent a period of time in Belgium. It returned to the UK yet again during 2001/2001 and in 2003 found its way to Ontario, Canada, where it was owned by Ed’ Russell. By 2011 it was back in the UK once more, under the ownership of Peter Monk and is currently located in the Biggin Hill Heritage Hangar at the former RAF base in Kent.
MK940 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 308 Sqn.
MK958 IX Trans from 302 Sqn to 310 Sqn then to 16 Sqn.
MK964 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 349 Sqn.
MK965 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to Royal Danish AF 2/49.
ML119 IX Del to 1 Sqn then to Czech AF (UB-441) 06/12/46. This aircraft arrived in Burma 6/55 and was for a while a ‘gate guardian’at Mingaladon airbase. It was sold to buyer in the USA in 1965. It later returned to Sandown on the Isle of Wight for restoration.
ML145 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 113 Sqn then to 313 Sqn (again) then to SAAF 4/48.
ML148
RY-A
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 Sqn then to SAAF 6/48.
ML154 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Engine lost power and the aircraft stalled on approach to North Weald 28/08/44. F/Sgt Jindrich Konvicka survived.
ML171
RY-C
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 595 Sqn.
ML174 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to AAEE.
ML179 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then SOC 25/03/46.
ML182 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML185 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML187 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then sold 12/49.
ML195 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn (again) then to 313 Sqn then sold 11/49.
ML196 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118/441 Sqn’s then to 313 Sqn (again) then to SAAF 7/48.
ML197 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to SAAF 2/49.
ML207 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 sqn. Ran out of fuel escorting bombers to Essen. Abandoned near Bruges on 25/10/44. F/Sgt W H Hallat baled out and landed safely.
ML209 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML210 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML211 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML212 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn the sold for scrap 2/50.
ML216 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML230 IX Trans from 74 sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 Sqn then to 5200M 4/45.
ML232 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML233 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then sold for scrap 10/49.
ML236 IX Trans from 74 sqn to 312 sqn then to 313 Sqn then sold for scrap 2/50.
ML238 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML240
DU-H
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Struck ground and crashed, whilst attacking a train near Arengoch on a Ranger sortie on 11/08/44. The pilot, 654758 F/Sgt Gustav Pristupa became a POW.
ML241 IX Trans from 442 Sqn to 313 Sqn then SOC 05/09/45.
ML243 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML245
RY-R
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. The aircraft was hit by anti-aircraft fire near the Hague, whilst on a Ranger sortie during the evening. The pilot attempted to get home, but the engine cut out probably due to lack of fuel and the aircraft dived into the sea some 55 miles east of Great Yarmouth on 25/08/44. The pilot, 787526 F/Sgt Vaclav Ruprecht was killed.
ML246 IX Trans from 441 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to SAAF 11/48.
ML247 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML251 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML253 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML255 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn and to 313 Sqn (again) then to SAAF 11/48. This aircraft survived the war and was later rebuit to airworthy standard and is preserved in South Africa.
ML259 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to SAAF 12/48.
ML261 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then sold 12/48.
ML296
DU-N
IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn. Missing after being shot down by anti-aircraft fire whilst on a bomber escort sortie to Soesterberg on 03/09/44. The pilot, Flt/Lt Otto Smik DFC evaded capture and returned to Britain at the end of October. Just a month later he was to be killed whilst operating with 127 Sqn. His aircraft was struck by ground fire whilst carrying out a reconnaissance sortie in the area of Arnhem.(Smik was an ‘Ace’ with ten confirmed victories and three V1 shoot downs to his credit. He was a Slovak, with a Russian mother and had been born in Georgia).
ML339 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 453 Sqn.
ML343 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML348 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
ML353 IX Del to 313 Sqn. Ran out of fuel and crash landed at Cappes, Pas de Calais, whilst escorting Lancaster bombers to Dortmund on 29/11/44.
ML356 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to South African AF 7/48.
ML364 IX Trans from 74 Sqn to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn and later Struck off charge 05/09/45.
ML367 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 312 Sqn then Scrapped 2/50.
ML373 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 16 Sqn.
NH148 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn. Squadron was on a bomber escort sortie. The engine cut out over the target area and the aircraft crash landed south west of Eindhoven on 01/02/45. Flt/Lt J A H Pinny was killed.
NH174 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 411 Sqn then to CzAF (JT-1) 12/46.
NH179
IX Del to 310 Sqnthen to 416 Sqn.
NH190 IX Trans from 127 Sqn to 313 Sqn then to 118 Sqn.
NH201 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 1 Sqn.
NH250 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then to Turkey 10/47.
NH273
NN-F
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH275 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to SAAF 8/48.
NH294 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH316 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH318 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH319 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH348 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH352 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 215 MU.
NH358 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH367 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn
NH373 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 66 Sqn.
NH374 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH375
NN-W
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH381
NN-N
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn
NH422
RY-Y
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then scrapped 11/49
NH425 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH427 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH428 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH430 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn
NH436 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH438 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH450 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn . Skidded on landing at Ursel, swung and tipped up on nose 28/01/45.
NH455 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH459 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 313 Sqn then scrapped 11/49.
NH461 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH468 IX Del to 312 sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH475 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH477 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH479 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH480 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn .
NH483 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH487 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH491 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 485 Sqn.
NH495 IX Del to 313 sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH496 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH515 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH516 IX Del to 310 sqn then to 33 Sqn.
NH520 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 329 Sqn.
NH526 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH527 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH533 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH535 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH538 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH543 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH546 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH550 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH553 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH554 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH570 IXe Del to 310 Sqn. Missing presumed brought down by anti-aircraft fire near Caen whilst attacking tanks on 29/06/44. The pilot, 788248 Sgt Jiri Bauer perished.
NH581 IX Del to 310 Sqn then trans to Middle East.
NH583 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH584 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
NH596 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH600 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to 127 Sqn.
NH609 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to 74 Sqn.
PL250 IX Trans from Air Service Training, Hamble to 313 Sqn 22/07/45.
SL594 IX Del to 310 Sqn; to Cz.AF 30/8/45.
SL625 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL627 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL628 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL629 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL630 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL631 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL632 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF 30/08/45.
SL633 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to Czech AF on 30/08/45 (JT-10). Sold to Israel 10/48; belly landed in 1954 and later sold to Burma. It was mounted on a pole outside the Royal Palace and later went into storage. In 1999 it was sold to a collector in the USA. It came back to Britiain to be restored to airworthy condition and was registered as G-CZAF. It returned to the USA to John Sessions at Everet Paine Field and was registered as N633VS. It flew again on 15/10/2010.
SL634 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL635 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL648 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL649 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL650 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL651 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL652 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL653 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45 (MP-9).
SL654 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL655
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL656 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL657 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45. (IV-4)
SL660 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
SL662 IX Trans from RAF Manston to CzAF (KR-7) on 30/08/45.
SL664 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TB439 IX Del to 312 Sqn; to Cz.AF 30/8/45.
TE510 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE512 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF (KR-2) on 30/08/45.

TE513
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.(A-731). This aircraft later moved via Israel to Burma (present day Myanmar) and currently resides in a military museum there in Burmese AF markings.
TE515
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IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF (UB-439) on 30/08/45 This aircraft ended up with the Israeli Air Force where it was probably coded as ‘Black 58’.
TE516
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE517 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45. Later to IAF (2046)
TE518 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE519 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE521 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE522 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF (JT-2) on 30/08/45.
TE523 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE524
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IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF (JT-5) on 30.8.45.
TE527 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE531 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE532 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE551 IX Del to 310 Sqn (NN-D) then to CzAF on 30/08/45.

TE554 IX Del to 310 sqn then to Czech AF on 30/08/45. This aircraft was exported to Israel and became the personal aircraft of Maj. Gen Ezer Weizman, Chief of Staff of the IAF and later President of Israel. (He originally undertook his pilot training with the RAF in WW.2). The aircraft had an overall black finish when used by Weizman.It is still held by the IAF at the Beersheba Air Base Museum.
TE555 IX Trans from 61 OTU to 310 Sqn then to Czech AF on 30/08/45.
TE556 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE557 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE558 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE559 IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE560 IX Del to 310 sqn then to CzAF (DZ-7) on 30/08/45.
TE561 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE562 IX Del to 310 sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE563
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE564 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 03/08/45.
TE565
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to Czech AF (DZ-6) on 30/08/45. This aircraft is currenly an exhibit (non-flying) in the National Technical Museum in Prague.
TE566
DU-A
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to Czech AF on 30/08/45 (JT-1) then trans to Israel. Flown by Wg/Cdr Tomas Viberal. It was exported to Israel in the late 1940s. This aircraft later restored and returned to the UK, and was registered as G-BLCK. It featured in the film ‘Over here’. It finally went to South Africa in 2001 and was later destroyed in a crash in Pretoria, killing its pilot Mike Snoyman.
TE567
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE569 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE570 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzeAF on 30/08/45.
TE571
NN-F
IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE572
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IX Del to 310 Sqn then to CzAF (DZ-3) on 30/08/45.
TE573 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE574 IX Del to 313 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE575
DU-D
IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45 (JT-3).
TE576 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF (JT-4) on 30/08/45.
TE577 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45.
TE578 IX Del to 312 Sqn then to CzAF on 30/08/45 (UB-425). This aircraft was exported to Israel and moved on to Burma in October 1954. It was however, returned to Israel in December. Most recently it has been in storage at Hatzerim in Israel for the Israeli AF Museum.

Note* The original order from Israel was for some 50+ Spitfire IX’s (and a further 9 later). Deliveries began on May 20th 1948. Some of the aircraft didn’t arrive in time to participate in the ongoing hostilities. They were ‘exported’ by a variety of methods. Six aircraft were moved directly by air under Operation Velveta 1; with a further 12 aircraft being moved on December 18th 1948, under Operation Velveta 2. ( Initially the Spitfires were painted in Yugoslav AF markings for their transit for Kunovice to Niksic in Montenegro (a former Luftwaffe base in the then Yugoslavia). One Spitfire was left behind at Niksic after damaging its undercarriage on landing. Five other carried on and were led towards Israel by an Israeli AF Norseman aircraft . Unfortunately two of the aircraft had to land on Rhodes due to lack of fuel and were ‘interned’. Later on Yugoslavia refused the Israelis permission to refuel and had to be ‘bought’. Other Spit’s were dismantled and together with 12 Merlin 66 engines, were moved in crates marked as ‘Scrap Iron’.

In addition the Czechs also trained 81 pilots and 69 ground crew.

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© F/Lt John P Rennison retd. 2012


Article last updated 14 February 2013




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