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

15/11/2018 21:33

Talk about Sgt Otakar Janůj

Short info with few photos has been added into section Talks about the talk "Sgt Otakar Janůj, 311 Squadron wireless operator" given at Municipal Library of Prague, Opatov Branch, on 15. 11. 2018  

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05/11/2018 12:48

Invitation to talk on 15.11.2018 added

Invitation to talk on 15.11.2018 in Prague-Opatov library added to main page. Theme - Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF with alignment on 311 Squadron and mostly on Wireless Operator Sgt Otakar Janůj.

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02/11/2018 17:19

Page "Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624" - updated

Page of book Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624 has been updated - added link to Slavičínský zpravodaj where an article about Otakar Jnůj has been published.

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02/11/2018 16:04

Photo appeal page updated

Thanks to help of this website visitors we were able to obtained photos of 3 Czechoslovak airmen whose faces were uknown to us and the list has been shortened. If you can help us with some more photos of airmen from the list please contact us on the...

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01/11/2018 08:41

Riders in the Sky 1945 - details

The Book "Riders in the Sky 1945" included in new B-24 kit by Eduard has been released, more details on separate page Riders in the Sky 1945

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