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Need help to identify Czech pilot
Sat May 4, 2013 20:40


I am a french historian, living in northern France (Aisne).
I need to find information (name, rank, squadron and more... if possible)about a Czech pilot fallen at Ly-Fontaine on April 18th, 1944. He was buried in the Commonwealth War cemetery at Grand-Seraucourt with 14 other RAF airmen who died the same day. The german troops took the personal effects and sent them to the red cross.
After the war, pilot's remains were reburied elsewhere, maybe in Czech Republic ?
A marker will be unveiled next year but we need to know the name of this brave pilot.

Thank you for your assistance, all help will be appreciated.


    • Re: Need help to identify Czech pilotPavel, Mon May 6 16:11
      Hi Phil, I can only confirm what Boris already wrote - no loss of Czechoslovak pilot on 18.4.1944. Also if you will check CWGC database online for this date and cemetery you mentioned there are only... more
      • Re: Need help to identify Czech pilotAnonymous, Mon May 6 22:07
        Thank you very much for your very fast reply Pavel and Boris. I have sent a request to the CWGC but it can take a while for an answer. The french national archives said that 3 planes crashed on the... more
        • french national archives Roger Llywelyn Henderson, Tue May 7 12:43
          Hi, I read your post with interest. I am concerned with similar research, mostly to do with 19 Squadron RAF. I would be interested to use the French national archives which I had never heard of... more
        • Re: Need help to identify Czech pilotAnonymous, Mon May 6 22:20
          Well it is quite strange but if you are sure it was in the night of 18.4.44 I am sure there was no Czechoslovak casualty. Our airmen were not providing night escort to RAF bombers, only day escorts... more
    • Re: Need help to identify Czech pilotBoris, Mon May 6 10:31
      Hi Phil, on that day, which you mentioned, was no czechoslovak airmen killed. Until the next day (April 19th, 1944) was W/O Arnošt Mrtvý (313 Squadron) shot down by Oblt. Wolfgang Neu (4./JG 26) and... more
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