Having enlisted in the RAFVR on 2 August 1940 and posted from the Czechoslovak Depot at RAF Cosford to No 6 OTU at RAF Sutton Bridge on 21 September to convert to the Hurricane Mk I, Sgt Václav Foglar joined No 245 Squadron RAF at RAF Aldergrove on 18 October, where the 24-year-old Czech remained until 10 November.
Sgt Josef Koukal of No 310 Squadron RAF was shot down at 20,000ft over the Isle of Sheppey on 7 September 1940 as cannon shells ignited his fuel tank and damaged one eye. On landing by parachute, his fuel-soaked clothes burst into flames, causing 70% burns. The 28-year-old Czech was taken to The Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, the specialist burns unit, known as The Guinea Pig Club, run by plastic surgeon Archibald McIndoe where over the next 2 years he underwent 22 operations.
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.
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.
ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND 1939-1945
HU 40538. Czech pilots of No 310 (Czech) Squadron based at Duxford being interrogated by the Intelligence Officer after a sortie. Left to right: Jindrich Skirka Patrick Davies Bohuslav Kimlicka Frantisek Weber P/O Merin (seated) Egon Nezbeda Miroslav Jiroudek
P/O Václav Bergman continued to fly with No 310 Squadron RAF from RAF Duxford in 1940. On 9 September, he claimed an Me 110 destroyed near Worcester in Hurricane Mk I NN-G, on 18 September a Ju 88 over Basildon in NN-B and on 28 October another Ju 88 probably shared destroyed near Duxford again in NN-B.
F/Sgt Jaroslav M Malý joined No 310 Squadron RAF after its formation at RAF Duxford on 10 July 1940, being commissioned 3 days later. He claimed an Me 109 destroyed on 31 August and returned to base damaged after combat over the Thames Estuary. On 29 October, whilst formating for a wing patrol, he collided in Hurricane Mk I NN-A with NN-S flown by P/O Emil Fechtner. He made a forced-landing near Duxford, injured. Fechtner did not survive.
Brigádní Generál Emil Boček. V roce 1939, v 16 letech, odešel tajně z domova. Dostal se do Bejrútu a zúčastnil se bojů ve Francii v létě 1940. V září 1940 veVelké Británii absolvoval pilotní výcvik a byl přijat do RAF. Sloužil jako mechanik u 312. stíhací perutě. Roku 1943 byl na výcviku v Kanadě a od října 1944 sloužil jako pilot-stíhač u československé 310. stíhací perutě. Na svém kontě má 26 operačních letů. Z letectva odešel v roce 1946
One of 38 Czechoslovak airmen who left on the last BOAC flight from Merignac, P/O František Rypl reached RAF Hendon on 17 June 1940. Posted to No 310 Squadron RAF on 12 July, the 32-year-old pilot flew on their first operational patrol on 17 August. On 9 September, whilst in combat with enemy fighters south of London, he was shot up in Hurricane Mk I NN-M, making a forced landing near Oxted.
F/L Gordon L Sinclair flew as A Flight leader with No 310 Squadron RAF, whose Czechoslovakian pilots the 24-year-old pilot described as "brilliant but uncontrollable". Injuring his leg while landing near Coulsdon after bailing out on 9 September 1940, he was greeted by an old school friend, who took him to the Irish Guards officers mess at Caterham, but improperly dressed, wearing his flying overalls over a pair of pyjamas, he was not allowed to dine.
P/O Josef E Hýbler joined No 310 Squadron RAF at RAF Duxford on 15 October 1940. The Czech had been commissioned into the RAFVR on 2 August and transferred to the Czechoslovak Airmen's Depot at RAF Cosford, where the pilots commenced English lessons as well as RAF training. His arrival at the squadron was during the closing days of the Battle of Britain and his first operational flight was on 25 October for an uneventful patrol, followed by 2 more on 27 and 28 October.
After processing through the Czech depot at RAF Cosford, Sgt Josef Hubáček was posted to No 310 Squadron RAF on 6 August 1940. Claiming an Me 110 probably destroyed over London on 9 September, the 30-year-old pilot was back in the skies over the capital in Hurricane Mk I NN-X 6 days later when sharing a Do 17 that crashed on Victoria Station. Shortly after, he was downed, bailing out wounded in the foot, while the aircraft came down at Walnut Tree Farm, Stoke.