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Václav Robert Bozděch

Václav Robert Bozděch

Czech fighter pilot
Václav Robert Bozděch
The basics

Quick Facts

Intro Czech fighter pilot
Was Fighter pilot Pilot Fighter
From Czech Republic
Type Military
Gender male
Birth 15 July 1912, Soběkury, Plzeň-South District, Plzeň Region, Czech Republic
Death 27 February 1980, Devon, South West England, England, United Kingdom (aged 67 years)
Star sign Cancer
The details (from wikipedia)


Colonel Václav Robert Bozděch (15 July 1912 – 27 February 1980) was a Czech fighter pilot of World War II. He was a British Royal Air Force (RAF) squadron gunner and commander of training centers.

Early life

Bozděch was trained as a locksmith. Before the war he became a soldier and a trained air gunner.

World War II

He arrived to Great Britain through Poland and then France, where he served in the French Air Force a short time. In the UK, he served first as an air gunner with No. 311 Squadron RAF. After having flown his first tour he became an instructor and commander of the training centres.

Bozdech was accompanied through the war by a German Shepherd dog, which he found as a puppy after a crash landing in the French Air Force, who he and his fellow Czech airmen named Antis, after a well-known Czech aeroplane. Their story was later told in a books.

After World War II

After the war he returned to Czechoslovakia and worked at the Ministry of Defence. He married and had a son. He also wrote and published books – Gentlemen of Dusk and Duel with Destiny. After the 1948 Czechoslovak coup d'état he went into exile a second time and returned to the UK, where he rejoined the RAF and married again. He never returned to his homeland. In the context of rehabilitation after 1989 he was posthumously promoted to the rank of colonel.

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