Czechoslovak Units

This section describes Czechoslovak units created within the Royal Air Force on British Isles during World War Two. Beyond four combat squadrons (three fighter and one bomber) there was established also Czechoslovak flight withing a RAF squadron. The last flying unit was Czechoslovak Operational Training Flight.

Two more administrative units were created already on 12th July 1940:

Czechoslovak Inspectorate General (CIG)

Headquarters of Czechoslovak Air Force within the RAF based in London led by AVM RNDr. Karel Janoušek, KCB.  Purpose of this unit was the command of all Czechoslovak units and also serves as a liasion point between British Air Ministry and Czechoslovak units and airmen.

Czechoslovak Depot

Every Czechoslovak airman serving in the Royal Air Force Volunteer Reserve had to pass this unit several times during the World War Two. Typical situation why to be posted there:

- reception of novices into the RAF VR (mostly from Czechoslovak Army or civilians),

- uniform allotment, initial RAF drill

- waiting for posting to different training schools,

- waiting for posting overseas (typical training in Canada),

- waiting for posting to operation squadron or non-operational service,

- non-operational service when finsihed tour of operations,

- discharge from the RAF VR (medical reasons, aother service outside the RAF, bad character, end of hostilities, ...)

 

Czechoslovak Depot Stations

Station From To
Cosford, Shropshire 12.07.1940 19.12.1940
Wilmslow, Cheshire 19.12.1940 14.02.1942
St. Athan, Vale of Glamorgan 14.02.1942 08.05.1944
Cosford, Shropshire 08.05.1944 1946

 

 

 

 

 


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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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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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