No. 311 (Czechoslovak) Bomber Squadron

 

Badge: Crossed Hussite arms
Motto: "NA MNOŽSTVÍ NEHLEĎTE"
in English
"NEVER REGARD THEIR NUMBERS"
Code Letters: KX (Wellington), PP (Liberator)
Date of Establishment: 29th July 1940
Place of Establishment: Honnington
Date of Disbandment: 15th February 1945
Place of Disbandment: Plzeň (ČSR)

 

No. 311 Squadron Stations

Station From To
Honnington, Suffolk 29.07.1940 16.09.1940
East Wretham, Suffolk 16.09.1940 28.04.1942
Aldegrove, Antrim 28.04.1942 10.06.1942
Talbenny, Pembrokeshire 10.06.1942 26.05.1943
Beaulieu, Hampshire 26.05.1943 23.02.1944
Predannack, Cornwall 23.02.1944 09.08.1944
Tain, Ross and Cromarty 09.08.1944 04.06.1945

On 4th June 1945 No. 311 Squadon finished operational duty and since July 1945 served with unarmed Liberators as transport unit which ensured the ferry between Great Britain and Czechoslovakia until end of 1945 when all Liberators were returned back to the United Kingdom as they were find unsuitable for small airfiled in Czechoslovakia.

For the rest of 1945 No. 311 Squadron operated within the Transport Command RAF from following stations:

Station From To
Manston, Kent 03.08.1945 16.09.1945
Pershore, Worcestershire 16.09.1945 03.10.1945
Blackbushe, Hampshire 03.10.1945 17.11.1945

 

No. 311 Squadron Commanding Officers

Commanding Officer From To
W/Cdr Karel Toman-Mareš, DFC 29.07.1940 19.03.1941
W/Cdr J. F. Griffiths DFC (British) 29.07.1940 15.11.1940
W/Cdr W. S. P. Simonds (British) 15.11.1940 24.02.1941
W/Cdr Josef Schejbal 19.03.1941 30.06.1941
W/Cdr Josef Ocelka, DFC 30.06.1941 20.04.1942
W/Cdr Josef Šnajdr, DFC 20.04.1942 01.02.1943
W/Cdr Jindřich Breitcetl, DFC (†) 01.02.1943 21.08.1943
W/Cdr Vladimír Nedvěd, MBE, DFC 22.08.1943 07.02.1944
W/Cdr Josef Šejbl, DFC 07.02.1944 30.08.1944
W/Cdr Jan Kostohryz, DSO 30.08.1944 ČSR
W/Cdr Josef Šnajdr, DFC* 14.08.1945 31.12.1945
(†) - the only Commanding Officer of 311 Sq and also all other Czechoslovak Squadron Killed in Action

* - commanded the rest of unit in the United Kingdom during repatriation flights

 

A Flight Commanding Officers

A Flight Commanding Officer From To
S/Ldr Josef Schejbal 02.08.1940 20.03.1941
S/Ldr Josef Šnajdr, DFC
S/Ldr Karel Náprstek (deputy)
27.05.1941
21.10.1941
20.04.1942
15.01.1942
S/Ldr Josef Šejbl, DFC 27.04.1942 14.01.1943
S/Ldr Vladimír Nědved, MBE, DFC 01.11.1942 21.08.1943
S/Ldr Jan Kostohryz 22.08.1943 01.09.1944
S/Ldr Alois Šedivý, DFM 07.09.1944 13.08.1945

 

B Flight Commanding Officers

B Flight Commanding Officer From To
S/Ldr Jan Veselý (†) 02.08.1940 17.10.1940
S/Ldr Josef Ocelka 17.01.1941 02.07.1941
F/Lt Jindrich Breitcetl 02.07.1941 20.08.1941
S/Ldr Josef Šejbl 20.08.1941 03.01.1942
S/Ldr Josef Stránský 27.03.1942 01.02.1943
S/Ldr Bohumil Liška 24.01.1943 27.05.1943
S/Ldr Václav Korda, DFC 01.06.1943 03.01.1944
S/Ldr Bohuslav Tobyška, AFC 03.01.1944 06.11.1944
S/Ldr Karel Kvapil 06.11.1944 10.01.1945
S/Ldr Vlastimil Ondrůj 11.01.1945 13.08.1945

 

Used Aircraft Types

Aircraft Type From To
Vickers Wellington Mk.I August 1940 April 1941
Vickers Wellington Mk.IA August 1940 July 1941
Vickers Wellington Mk.IC August 1940 July 1943
Vickers Wellington Mk.III March 1942
March 1943
May 1942
May 1943
Vickers Wellington Mk.X February 1942 June 1943
Consolidated Liberator Mk.V June 1943
April 1944
February 1944
March 1945
Consolidated Liberator Mk.VI February 1944
February 1945
May 1944
December 1945

 

No. 311 Squadron Acc id e  nts

 

Staff of No. 311 Squadron

 

Sourc es & Literat ure


 

 


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