Flying Hurricane Mk I DU-X on 8 October 1940, Sgt Josef Stehlík followed P/O Alois Vašátko and F/L Denys E "Kill 'em" Gillam of No 312 Squadron RAF from RAF Speke at 16.15hrs, when he encountered a Ju 88 at 1,200ft, firing 3 burst before the other standby pilots went into attack. They shared the squadron's first victory near Liverpool and returned to base after being airborne for 11 minutes.
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.
P/O František "Dolly" Doležal was posted to No 310 Squadron RAF on 6 August 1940 at RAF Duxford, from where he was loaned to No 19 Squadron RAF at RAF Fowlmere on 24 August. One of the first Czech airmen to fly the Supermarine fighter, the 30-year-old veteran of the French air war had a tally of 2 destroyed, 2 probables and 1 damaged in September. On 11 September, he was wounded in the leg and Spitfire Mk I QV-L severely damaged in combat over London.
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