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Pilot Hurikánu z 312. československé stíhací perutě RAF na základně Jurby na ostrově Man, rok 1941.

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Piloti 313. stíhací peruti RAF na základně Hornchurch na jaře 1942. František Fajtl (uprostřed nad vlajkou) tehdy velel jedné z jejích letek.

Commissioned into the RAFVR on 2 August 1940, P/O Stanislav Fejfar arrived at RAF Duxford 4 days later to join No 310 Squadron RAF. Attached to No 6 OTU at RAF Sutton Bridge to convert to the Hurricane Mk I, he returned on 8 September and claimed an Me 109 destroyed on the next day, followed by a Do 17 on 15 September and a Ju 88 shared 3 days later. In late October, the Czech became ill, suffering blackouts whilst flying and was treated for inflamed sinuses at Ely Hospital from 1 November.

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Generál Jaroslav Hlaďo - czech pilot in RAF

A pilot of No. 313 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF, runs up the engine of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB in a sandbagged revetment at Hornchurch, Essex.

Czech pilots in the RAF first encountered the Supermarine fighter in late August 1940 when 4 pilots were attached to No 19 Squadron RAF from No 310 Squadron RAF. Posing with Spitfire Mk II QV-Y in October at RAF Fowlmere, P/O František Hradil was killed in combat, aged 28, after being shot down in flames by enemy fighters over Canterbury on 5 November, crashing into the sea 500yds off Southend Pier.

No. 310 & 311 Czechoslovak (Virtual) Squadron RAF