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Aviation monument seen on holidays

Started by upnorth, August 07, 2021, 12:39:18 AM

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upnorth

Hello all,

My girlfriend and I have been on holidays the past couple of weeks and we spent some of the time in the south central and south west parts of the Czech Republic.

One day, I took a solo day trip to České Budějovice and came upon this memorial to local men who were among the Czechoslovaks who joined the RAF in WWII. 

I've seen a lot of monuments to those men around the country, but this is easily one of the best thought out and presented ones I've seen to date.





NARSES2

That's really fitting. Thanks for posting  :thumbsup:
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Mossie

The torn wing makes it all the more poignant. Is it describing a particular incident?
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Nick

I recognise the first name, Marek Frantisek, from the Battle of Britain Memorial across the river from my office. Turns out he is buried in Dagenham near where he crashed.

Are the aircraft in the pavement one of each type flown by the Czechs in exile?

upnorth

Quote from: Mossie on August 07, 2021, 01:25:43 AM
The torn wing makes it all the more poignant. Is it describing a particular incident?

From what I can find, the monument was installed in September of 2015 on the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.

The torn wing is some reference to František Marek, who participated in the Battle of Britain and was the first local man lost in the period of the battle.

It seems he was lost due to technical difficulties during a patrol rather than in actual combat:
https://fcafa.com/2019/09/14/frantisek-marek-one-of-the-few/

upnorth

Quote from: Nick on August 07, 2021, 02:05:44 AM
Are the aircraft in the pavement one of each type flown by the Czechs in exile?

That's the general idea, though a few of them are a bit difficult to recognize.

Steel Penguin

thank you for the photos, both striking  and poignant, the  other types on the approach make it all the more so.
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Old Wombat

It's much nicer than the official vilification & persecution that so many survivors received from the Communists after the war. :thumbsup:
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kerick

That's a great monument you found and a great story.
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Glenn Gilbertson

What a superb & moving monument - thank you for posting.

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