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Vašátko-Peřina, a better one photo

Vašátko-Peřina, a better one photo

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

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

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

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.

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.

RAF 312. Sq. gif (150×213)

RAF 312. Sq. gif (150×213)

Generál Jaroslav Hlaďo - czech pilot in RAF

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.

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.

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

No. 310 & 311 Czechoslovak (Virtual) Squadron RAF

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