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    Default Brookwood Military Cemetery - little Czechoslovak mystery

    Hi all,

    I am trying to establish a possible reason why 3 Czechoslovak airmen are buried in British Section of Brookwood Military Cemetery while there is a separate Czechoslovak section?

    81909 W/Cdr MALY Jaroslav, former figher pilot
    05.06.1941 natural causes
    Czechoslovak Inspectorate General in London
    grave 20-B-1

    82566 W/Cdr OCELKA Josef, former bomber pilot
    Czechoslovak Inspectorate General in London but attached to 6 MU
    21.07.1942 flying accident
    grave 24-B-8

    788644 Sgt VANKO Anton, fighter pilot
    312 Sq
    08.12.1944 flying accident
    grave 20-D-12

    In case of Maly and Ocelka it might be because the Czechoslovak section has not been established yet? I came to this conslusion because there other Czechoslovak airmen who are at the present buried in Brookwood and got killed before Maly and Ocelka (or around the same date) were originaly buried in Royston before being transferred to Brookwood.
    I believe that the first buried in the Czechoslovak sections was the crew of 311 Sq killed on 18.10.1942.
    So why Vanko who got killed in 1944 is buried in the British section?

    Any ideas much appreciated.

    TIA

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
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    Hi Pavel,
    Could it be that the 3 airmen were serving as members of the RAF in non flying roles and not on a Czechoslovak Squadron and therefore were buried in the RAF plot ?
    Just noticed Sgt Vanko was on 312sqn so that theory is out.

    Alan.
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    Hi Alan, thanks for your post. Well this was also one of my ideas but it does not fits.
    So there must be something else - or maybe there may be two different reasons - one for Maly and Ocelka and another for Vanko?

    Pavel
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    Pavel, have you contacted Brookwood Cemetery via their website?

    http://www.brookwoodcemetery.com/contact-brookwood/

    Please ignore this if you already have done it.

    HTH
    Bruce
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    Hi Bruce,

    thank you for your advice - I will make a try.
    I was thinking only about contacting the CWGC but I am not sure if it is worth doing this?

    Pavel
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