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.


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12/01/2018 18:23

Research Trip CZRAF2005

Page decribing my Research Trip CZRAF 2005 which I have lost during the webiste trnaformation has been partially recovered from old backup, the final part will be added soon.

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12/01/2018 17:49

Section Talks has been updated

Added brief information about my another talk about S/Ldr A. P. Zelený MBE given at Prague on 23. 11. 2017.

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03/01/2018 13:27

B-24 Liberator Handbook - 1.díl

Added information about book B-24 Liberator Handbook - 1.díl in which preparation I have acted as a helper. See a separate page in section Co-Authored Books.

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02/01/2018 15:08

B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service

Added information about book B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service in which preparation I have acted as a helper. See a separate page in section Co-Authored Books. B-24 Liberator in RAF Coastal Command Service Read more:...

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19/12/2017 23:27

2018 Season's Greetings added

2018 Season's Greetings  - card has been added

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