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    Default P/O T Kozak - 242 Sqn June 1941

    Hello all,

    On 14th June 1941 P/O Tomas Kozak of 242 Sqn, flying Hurricane IIB Z3247, crashed at Duxford.

    I believe 242 were based at North Weald at the time but had a detachment at Hunsdon between 10 - 16 June. Does anyone here know from which airfield Kozak took off from for his final flight?

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    Hello Jim,

    242 based at North Weald at time of crash - no detachments noted in Jeffords RAF squadrons.

    Hugh Halliday wrote a part 242 sqdn history, "242 sqdn, The Canadian Years", that states "in the morning darkness of June 14, P/O Kozak (Czech) had been blinded by searchlights just as he landed and had been killed in the crash that followed".

    Perhaps Hugh will pick up on this thread ?

    AB Z serial book notes "crashed near Duxford"

    Regards, Ian

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    Thanks Ian.

    Hunsdon ORB entry for 10th June 1941 reads '... 242 Squadron, Squadron Leader Whitney Straight, moved in for night operations. '
    For 14th June - ' 85 Squadron and 242 Squadron operating at night. '
    and 16th June - ' 242 detachment moved back to Northolt today. ' (perhaps should be North Weald not Northolt?)

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    Hi All,

    acording to the N nebi hrdeho Albionu No. 7 by J. Rajlich he took off for trainig flight from Stapleford Tawney, Essex.
    Around the midnight several searchlits illuminated his Hurricane...
    One of the pilots serving with 310 Sq at Duxford F/O B. Kimlicka noted to his diary:
    "staff of searchlights on our base catch foreign Hurricane over airfield on Friday the 13th... Though he was giving the letter of the day by light they did not released him... and then became known then on Duxford airfield was killed in the burning wreckage por. Tomáš Kozák".
    Diary of P/O J. Hanuš another member of 310 Sq: "Por. Tomáš Kozák was killed here during night flying on Hurricane. He arrived from somewhere (he is not from our unit) and was catch by about 10 searchlight. Probably he was looking outside and not on instruments. He fall down in gentle dive into the ground. The plane burned out, pilot was found about 40 metres from the wreckage..."

    hope this helps a little.

    Pavel
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    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Thank you Pavel, that is very helpful.

    Jim.
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