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    Jaroslav Sodek returned to Czechoslovakia after WW2. In 1948, along with seven others, he 'borrowed' an aircraft from the Czechoslavikian Air Force and flew it to Britain landing at Manston. Apparantly this caused a stir at the time. Anyone now if there were press reports at the time or where I can access further information?

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    There are two small articles in The Times:

    "Czechs' Flight To Britain "Free Living Taken From Us""
    The Times Thursday, May 20, 1948; pg. 4; Issue 51076; col E

    "Arrests after Czech Airmen's Escape"
    Friday, May 21, 1948; pg. 3; Issue 51077; col D

    Neither articles give the names (the escapees refused to give names because of fear of repercussions back home)

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    Hi Amrit,
    Many thanks for that, i'll give it a look.


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    Hi Robert,

    if you would like to know more info from the Czech side please contact me offboard, I can give you full details of all 'ex-RAF" ecapers.

    BR

    Pavel
    Czechoslovak Airmen in the RAF 1940-1945
    http://cz-raf.webnode.cz

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    Hi Pavel....done it, sent an e-mail.

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    Not sure if still relevent. I came across my father's logs a year ago and in them was a letter dated 1986 from Manston RAF museum referring to a letter he had sent them about this incident. He was Ft Lt W.E.P. (Pete) Webb and was orderly officer of the day when it happened. apparently a Mrs Noden wife of the Flying Control Officer had 'popped' into the tower when a faint R/T signal came through with the callsign "bluefrock" she recognised it as the Manston WW2 callsign and told her husband that the Czech Siebel aircraft (Pilot Ernie Novak) was calling Manston. It was allowed to land. I contacted Manston museum last year to see if they had more and they said it had 8 people on board, five ex-RAF officer pilots and 3 NCOs of the Czech airforce. They had borrowed the aircraft from a Czech airline and come back to rejoin their wives who had been sent back to England by the Czech government and they had been sacked by the Czech Govt for marrying English wives. After making statements to the Press and BBC and immigration they were allowed to join their wives.. The aircraft was later sent back to the Czech Govt. My father at the time was with No1 Ferry Unit at Manston. Hope it may be of interest. Bill Webb

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    Some more details of that escape on 18 May '48 are here:

    http://fcafa.wordpress.com/2011/02/13/they-flew-to-freedom-1948/

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