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

13/05/2019 09:39

New page REVI magazine

I have added new page REVI magazine into section Books & Talks announcing my articles for this Czech aviation magazine.

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27/01/2019 17:36

Talk about Sgt Otakar Janůj II

Short info with few photos has been added into section Talks about the talk Otakar Janůj, 311 Squadron wireless operator" given at Faculty of Transportation Sciences in Praha on 24. 1. 2019.

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17/01/2019 11:42

Invitation to talk on 24.1.2019 added

Invitation to talk on 24.1.2019 at CTU Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Prague-Albertov, added to main page. Theme - 311 Squadron Wireless Operator Sgt Otakar Janůj.  

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16/01/2019 10:19

Forum closed

Due to large ammount of sapm I have been forced to close down the forum provided by the webhosting and replaced it by the link to the still working forum from my previous website which you are welcome to use.

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07/12/2018 10:22

B-24 Liberator Handbook - Volume 2

Added new page for book B-24 Liberator Handbook - Volume 2 I was heloing with.

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