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    Does anyone have any information re. Jo's career, other than that available on http://cz-raf.hyperlink.cz, please?

    He served in the RAF, including 310 (Czechoslovak) Sqdn, for much of WW2. Then returned to Prague to fly Daks with CSA until 1950, before coming to England again (in rather unusual circumstances).

    Have tried the LG, but failed to find anything.
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    Chris,

    Josef Rechka AFC, F/L, 787507 and 103537
    *12/09/1910
    + 15/01/1984

    310 Sqn 06/08/1940 - 30/06/1941
    24 Sqn 1942 - 1943
    512 Sqn 1943 - 1944
    24 Sqn 1944 - 1945
    147 Sqn 1945

    Regards,
    Michal

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    Michal,

    Thank you... I never expected such a quick and detailed response. I don't know what your source is, but presume it does not cover his activities around 1950? I have almost finished a short memoir of him in the 1960s, but am very much a beginner in research.

    Please forgive my ignorance, but is that a British AFC, or would it have been awarded by Czechoslovakia? [I don't know the criteria for the award of a British AFC.]

    I believe he was a production test pilot in Praha before the war. It would be interesting to know if he was in France in 1939/40.

    Regards, Chris

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    "I don't know what your source is..."
    My database, books, reports etc.

    "... his activities around 1950?"
    He was a member of CSA - Czechoslovak Airlines. On 30/09/1950 escaped from communistic republic (to wit from a terror) when he and other two war members of the 310 Sqn Prchal adn Kaucky with their families hijacked C-47 and flew from Prague and Kralupy n/V to Harwich.

    "... but is that a British AFC, or would it have been awarded by Czechoslovakia"
    It is British Air Force Cross.

    "I believe he was a production test pilot in Praha before the war."
    Yes, he was with VTLU in Prague from 01/01/1934 till the end of 1936.

    "It would be interesting to know if he was in France in 1939/40."
    He escaped to France through Poland on 07/08/1939. On 11/05/1940 served with GC III/7, and from 17/06/1940 with GC I/6. He left France on 24/06/1940 at Port Vendres.

    Hope this helps,
    Michal

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    Hi Chris,

    I can add the following details from the book written in English by Tomas Polak last year I had the pleasure to publish :

    Pre-war CzAF fighter pilot (Air Regiment 1). Served with the French 1939-1940 flying with fighter units GC III/7 and GC I/6. Escaped to the UK in June 1940. Posted to HQ FPP, then No.27 MU in October 1941 before serving with Ferry Command in November. In December 1942, posted to No.24 Sqn, No.512 Sqn August 1943 - February 1944 before returning to No.24 Sqn. Ended the war with No.147 (Transport) Sqn in April 1945. Commissioned during the war. One confirmed victory, No.310 Sqn, Battle of Britain. After the war served with the CzAF, later hired by CSA before reaching GB in October 1950 with two other RAF Czech pilots (L. Kaucky and E. Prchal), flying a CSA's Dakota. Air Force Cross (24 Sqn).

    Hope this helps

    Regards

    Phil

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    Michal and Phil,

    Words fail to express my thanks, and amazement for your knowledge.

    All I can offer is that he was a very fine pilot, an exemplary captain, as well as a modest and unassuming man. We all loved flying with him.

    We knew he had to steer clear of the Berlin Air Corridor, and one story was that they had landed first at Gatow. I wonder how long it was before CSA got their Dakota back...

    Chris

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