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No. 313 (Czechoslovak) Squadron Royal Air Force

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Those known to have served with

No. 313 (Czechoslovak) Squadron Royal Air Force

during the Second World War 1939-1945.

  • Mrtvy Arnost. W/O (d.19th Apr 1944)
  • Stefan Benignus. F/Lt. (d.8th March 1943)

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W/O Arnost Mrtvy 313 Sqn. (d.19th Apr 1944)

Sir, the Belgian MOD is currently taking an initiative to generate Facebook pages to bring back to live the soldiers that fell and are buried in Belgium. As my partner is Czech, living in Olomouc, I started digging into W/O Arnost Mrtvy who died in Belgium on 19 April 1944 during a bomber escort mission above Brussels and Mechlin.

Last weekend I was in Olomouc and I visited the monument on the Olomouc Cemetery of the Aeroclub of Olomouc where Mrtvy was mentioned. I equally had the occasion to visit the old installation of this aeroclub, where he apparently passed as well. As I was able to get a lot of information about the Club, the circumstances during which Mrtvy died, etc.

I intent to develop a Facebook page to bring Arnost back to 'life'. In order to complete the picture there is a lot of information missing as I am just starting to get bits of information together using the internet and my Czech partner.

So, basically, I am asking if you could help me find more details about Arnost Mrtvy: when he joined the CZE Airforce, how he got to England, how he joined the 313 Sqn, who where his friends, bosses, etc. Furthermore, I would like to know if any logbook is available or can be made available i.e. Did he participate in the Battle of England, the Dieppe operation, etc?

Any more relevant information about Arnost Mrtvy, the 313 Sqn such as photographs, maps, links, or any othyer contacts you might have would be more then appreciated. Hoping you could help me keeping the Czech heroes alive, kind regards,

Marc Segers

F/Lt. Benignus Stefan 313 (Czech) Sqdn. (d.8th March 1943)

I am looking for information on F/Lt Benignus Stefan of Czechoslovakia who was killed in action over Paimpol, Bretange, France on 8th Mach 1943.

For a time F/Lt Stefan was at Cosford Hospital early in 1940. Any notes, memories or documentation would be much appreciated. F/Lt Stefan is buried in St Brieuc Western Communal Cemetery in France.

Frank Goddard

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