About Author

PAVEL VANČATA is a respected Czech aviation historian, author and journalist specializing in Czechoslovaks who served in the RAF in World War 2. Books authored by him are: ‘Mechanikem RCAF’ (2002), ‘Klikař Roger’ (2004), ‘RCAF bylo jejich osudem’ (2008), ‘Letec po hvězdách’ (2009), 'Z deníku radiotelegrafity' (2013), '311 Squadron' (2013 in English), 'Moonlight Flyer (2016 in English)'. He has also co-authored several other books on this subject with other Czech aviator authors. Since 2000, he has been a regular contributor to Czech aviation magazines: Letectví + kosmonautika, REVI and Aéro Journal.

His writings are noted for their meticulous and extensive research into the subject often uncovering new facts and photographs. Pavel’s research sources include his extensive private archive, personal contact with many of those who served in the RAF or their families, either in the Czech Republic or from elsewhere in the world as well as archives in the Czech Republic, United Kingdom, Canada and the United States.

Between 2003 and 2007 he made numerous research trips to the United Kingdom to visit RAF airfields, cemeteries, museums, and also Czechoslovak RAF veterans living there. Amongst Pavel’s most memorable achievements from these trips was in May 2007 when he visited the crash site of the Oxford PH404 aircraft, from 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron, which had crashed at Beinn a-B'huird in the Cairngorm mountains, Scotland, on 10th January 1945.

He is Prague born and bred and in 2003 graduated as a Telecommunication Engineer from the České vysoké učení technické (Czech Technical University) in Prague. He is currently employed as a team-leader in the Technical Support Department of an international telecommunication company.


News

24/10/2017 21:38

Section Talks has been updated

Added brief information about my talk at Rožná on 7. 10. 2017.  

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20/10/2017 20:40

Commemorative event, Rožná 7. 10. 2017

Photos from the commemorative event held in Rožná on 7. 10. 2017 are now availabe in gallery.

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17/09/2017 21:12

Říkali mu Zeke - update

More details added about the recently released book "Říkali mu Zeke"

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11/09/2017 23:21

Invitation to the commemorative event in Rozna 7. 10. 2017

Added invitation to the commemorative event in Rozna 7. 10. 2017 + the book "Říkali mu Zeke" launch.

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27/08/2017 09:16

Říkali mu Zeke - more details

More details about book Říkali mu Zeke has been added to separate page in section Books.

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