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    Hi All,

    I have been trying to find details about the Czech pilot F/Lt. Vaclav Jicha on the London Gazette website but whatever combination I try it seems to be coming up zero.

    I assume his DFC and AFC (and promotions) would be cited on the LG?

    F/Lt. Jicha was killed in Anson NK945 in February 1945 and I have some details of his career by googling but would appreciate any help with promotions and award citations on the LG.

    Many thanks in advance,

    Russ

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    Hi Russ,

    as he was of Czech origin his promotions and wards were not Gazetted to protect his relatives in former Czechoslovakia occupied by Nazis.

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    Hi Russ,

    some info for you:

    - my site: http://cz-raf.hyperlink.cz/Bio/Jicha.html

    - awards:
    Jícha Václav 66 486 F/O DFC 29/09/1942 pilot 1, 17, 313 Sq - TNA AIR 2/9592
    Jícha Václav 66 486 F/Lt AFC 28/11/1945 (in memoriam) test pilot Ministry of Aircraft Production - TNA AIR 2/9047

    - promotions:

    Sgt 6/8/40
    P/O 29/4/41
    F/O 29/4/42
    F/L 3/1/43

    Hope this helps

    Pavel
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    He is mentioned quite a bit by Alex Henshaw in his book describing test flying of production Spitfires and Lancasters at Castle Bromwich.

    One of the bits is about Henshaw barrel rolling a Lancaster with Jicha being lifted off the engineers seat during the roll then dropped back on when the roll is complete.

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    Many thanks Pavel and Ross,

    It should have occurred to me why his promotions weren't gazetted. In this connection I am surprised why he didn't take a 'nomme de guerre' like say Christian Martell?

    Cheers,

    Russ

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    Hi Russ,

    it was not possible. Jicha and other nearly 2500 Czechoslovak airmen were members of RAF VR but at the same time they were members of Czechoslovak army. They were under Air Ministry but there was the Czechoslovak Inspectorate General who was commanding them. Anyway they have two ranks - British and Czech. And if they want to retain their original Czech rank they need to serve under their name:-) Sure there were several cases when famous pre-war airmen were using cover names, like the first CO of 311 Sq W/C Karel Mares-Toman.

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    Hi all

    Sorry to hijack your thread Russ!

    I too am doing a little research on Vaclav Jicha, his wartime career and his aircraft. I've come across a reference in the Red Kite book 'Czechs in the RAF' about an event on May 5th 1942, which states that he took on 6 FW190s single handed over Lille, and escaped with minor damage to his Spitfire, BM306.

    I've found some shots of Jicha and his damaged 313 Sqn Spitfire here:

    http://picasaweb.google.com/MartinJicha/FLtVClavJChaDFCAFC#

    A couple of questions:

    1. Quite a few of 313 Sqn's Spitfire Vb's had cartoon characters or slogans on the LH cockpit sides. Anyone know if BM306 had anything like this?

    2. Anyone (CZ_RAF?) know which book or magazine the scans at the bottom of the page linked above are from? Bit of a long shot, but you never know...

    Any help would be very gratefully received.

    Thanks

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    1. I have not information about catroon on this plane. But if I remember well there are few cartoons which were not assigned to particular plane yet.

    2. Sure. It is from several sources:

    Rajlich Jiří 313. stíhací peruť Mustang 1996
    Rajlich Jiří Esa na obloze Naše vojsko 1995

    Hope this helps and if you have any more questions please feel free to ask

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    Hi Pavel

    Thanks for the reply. As always, I've more questions!

    Is there an official Czech account of the action of 5th May 1942? I just wondered if the Czech squadrons had their own combat reports, or whether they'd be in with the RAF's records.

    Is Jicha a well-known pilot in his homeland? I wondered how well documented his career was, including his pre-war aerobatic career, and his time with the French Armee de l'Air, flying with 1 Escadrille, GC I/6.

    Regards

    Simon

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    Hi Simon,

    Czech squadrons were part of the RAF so they were using normal RAF forms including combat reports.
    But to be honest I have not seen his combat report from this action in any book yet.

    Yes, he is quite well known. There is not a book about him but several articles have been written and he is mentioned many times in many books including some biographies in books of Jiri Rajlich.

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