Talks

Between 1989-2007 I had the priviledge to met plenty of former Czechoslovak airmen serving in the RAF in 1940-1945. Personal visits and attendance at public lectures and another meetings allowed me to learn a lot of stories and information about their war service. This was the very first impulse why I have started to write articles, later books and why I have started my original website to remind those brave Czechoslovaks to the present and next generations.

As the possibility to meet our veterans at air shows and lectures faded away I am happy time to time attend a conference or commemorative event to give a talk about our airmen serving in the RAF. My particular scope is No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron and airmen serving with this unit.

 

Photos from some of my talks


15.11.2018

Municipal Library of Prague, Opatov Branch

Theme: Sgt Otakar Janůj, 311 Squadron wireless operator

Memorial talk about Otakar Janůj, former wireless operator of 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron RAF. The talk was given on the occasion of book "Poslední let Wellingtonu T2624" release.

(2 x foto Milan Vančata, 1x foto Lukáš Šereda)


23.11.2017

Czech Aerospace Society at Faculty of Transportation Sciences, Praha

Theme: Adolf Pravislav Zelený MBE, 311 Squadron navigator

Memorial talk about Adolf Zelený MBE, former navigator of 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron RAF. The talk was given on the occasion of book "Říkali mu Zeke" release.


7.10.2017

The Municipal Offices, Rožná

Theme: "Říkali mu Zeke" - plk. let. v.v Adolf Pravislav Zelený MBE

Memorial talk about Adolf Zelený MBE, native of Rožná, former navigator of 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron RAF. The talk was given at the event commemorating his 103rd birthday anniversary.

More photos from the commemorative event and the talk can be found in this gallery.


11.5.2017

The Municipal Museum, Čelákovice

Theme: Pilot Alois Vašátko, native of Čelákovice

Memorial talk about Alois Vašátko, native of Čelákovice, fighter pilot of 312 Squadron and the first CO of Czechoslovak Fighter Wing. The talk was given at the 75th anniversary of his death od 23. 6. 1942.


25.10.2016

Piarist Monastry, Příbor

Theme: Oldřich Helma, No. 311 Squadron pilot

Memorial talk about Oldřich Helma, native of Příbor, captain of 311 Squadron Wellington shot down by RAF night fighter by error, for secondary school students.

Reportage about my talk has been broadcasted by the Local TV Příbor.

It is possible to watch it online - 03.28-05.11.


10.5.2016

Kladno City - memorial plaque unveiling

Theme: Jan Vella, No. 311 Squadron pilot

I have been asked to address a speech about Jan Vella's life and RAF service at the ceremonial of plaque unveiling.

The plaque can be found at the house from which he left Czechoslovakia in 1939 (Březinova 1184).

foto: Statutární město Kladno – Josef Seifert

foto: Statutární město Kladno – Josef Seifert

 


3.10.2015

Municipal authority, Ostrov near Chrudim

Theme: Vladimír Šponar, No. 311 Squadron Pilot

 

 


7.5.2015

Club of Těšínsko Muzeum, Český Těšín

Theme: Pavel Tofel, No. 311 Squadron Wireless Operator


8.11.2013

English College in Prague

Theme: Czechoslovak airmen in the RAF

(English College in Prague archive)


23.6.2012

Town Council, Čelákovice

Theme: Czechoslovak airmen in the United Kingdom 1940-1945


27.2.2009

Club of Aviation History, Jindřichův Hradec

Theme: Czechoslovak airmen in the United Kingdom 1940-1945

(2x KHL Jindřichův Hradec archive)


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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