Memorial of Czech pilots - Ceské Budejovice, Czech Republic
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member ToRo61
N 48° 58.396 E 014° 28.733
33U E 461863 N 5424615
Quick Description: This memorial is dedicated to Czech pilots - a members of RAF
Location: Jihočeský kraj, Czechia
Date Posted: 6/26/2022 2:26:21 AM
Waymark Code: WM16BYB
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member 3l diesel
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Long Description:
About Czechoslovak pilots during WWII
On 15 March 1939 Germany occupied Czechoslovakia (now Czech Republic), the Luftwaffe confiscated all Czechoslovak Air Force aircraft. Emigration was strictly controlled and former air force personnel were not allowed to leave the country Protectorate of Bohemia and Moravia (visit link) . But many Czechoslovak airmen got themselves smuggled into Poland. Of these a few joined the Polish Air Force but most continued to France. (visit link)

After France capitulated to Germany on 22 June 1940, many Czechoslovak airmen escaped to the United Kingdom. The RAF quickly created new squadrons formed of Czechoslovak pilots. The first fighter unit was No. 310 Squadron RAF (visit link) and immediately joined in the Battle of Britain (visit link) . A bomber unit, No. 311 Squadron RAF (visit link) a further Czechoslovak fighter units No. 312 Squadron (visit link) and No. 313 Squadron (visit link) soon followed.

Many of the Czechoslovak pilots died during WWII. Their memorials are located in many places in Western Europe, but also in Czech Republic. The monuments have different shapes and sizes. One of the typical forms is the memorial plaque located on the houses where the pilot was born or where they lived for some time.


Memorial Inscription:
Ceským
válecným letcum
RAF
1939-1945
Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: free access for public

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
Senovázne námestí
Ceske Budejovice, Czech Republic


Commemoration: Czech pilots - a members of RAF

Date of Dedication: Not listed

Access times: Not listed

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