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    Perhaps Pavel can shed some light on this: While recording some deaths in RCAF casualty lists I found an entry in a list dated 29 December 1943 that identifies Flight Sergeant Bohuslav PRIHODA, Killed on Active Service in Canada. His address is "Care of Czechoslovakian Legation, London England." CWGC also records him as PRIHODA.

    I was under the impression that persons serving in allied forces who's homelands were under Axis occupation used an assumed name in order to protect their relatives at home. This is clearly not the case in this instance. Was the use of assumed names common with Czechoslovakian airmen?

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    Default F/Sgt B. Příhoda

    F/Sgt Bohuslav Příhoda (787087) - RAFVR - 34.SFTS - ex.mech.310.Sqn. Birth 03/08/1914 Svratka - Radčany (Čs). Death 12/12/1943 Medicine Hat in Alberta (Can.). Burial: 15.12.1943 Cemetery: Hillside, Medicine Hat,Alberta. Accident: training acrobatic flight, 09:30 hod. on a sudden crash into terra 9,5 Km N of Seven Persons, Alberta (Can). Aircraft: North American Harvard Mk.II - No.2742.
    Was the use of assumed names common with Czechoslovakian airmen?
    Absolutely not, with few exceptions, in substance Jews.
    Pavel(68 Sqn)

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    Thank you Pavel,

    My experience with RCAF casualty lists has revealed a few Norwegians, Poles, Frenchmen who assumed another identity in order to protect their families in the occupied territories if they were killed over the Continent or if they fell into German hands as a POW.

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    Hi Ken,

    our new member and my namesake substitute me while of leave:)
    About the identities - there were only few cases of identity change in case of know pre-war airmen - like th first 311 Sq CO W/C Karel Mareš using the covering name Toman of the famous scout Jan Smudek who killed several Germans and fled away from protectorate and served with the 68 Sq under the name Karel Doubek. In the memory of his pilot Jaroslav Taudy I read that not even he do not know his RO real identity during the war.

    Generaly the protection of Czechoslovak airmen was done on the official level - they were not mentioned in any public lists like fo example awards in the London Gazette etc.

    When aritcles or books were published about their service and accomplishments they were always mentioned only by nickname or by the surname initial.

    As Pavel (68 Sq) mentioned the Jews I remember few case also but I personally think it was more about the change of the surname from the German sound like Kohn to the Czech sound Kubin for example.

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

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