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Brookwood 2014

On 11th May, families and friends of Czech and Slovak soldiers and airmen fighting in the Second World War met at Brookwood Memorial Cemetery to commemorate the 69th anniversary of the Victory in Europe Day.

The ceremony, organized by the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association and the Office of Defence Attaché of the Czech Republic, was chaired by Col. Arnošt Polák, veteran of the RAF 311 (Czechoslovak) bomber squadron. The gathering was addressed by the Slovak Ambassador H.E. Miroslav Wlachovský, the 1st Deputy Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic Maj.-Gen. Miroslav Žižka, and the Czech Embassy minister-counsellor Mr. Antonín Hradilek. After the ceremony at the memorial to the Czechoslovak fighters, those present paid respect to the heroic defender of Tobruk, later pilot of the RAF 310 (Czechoslovak) fighter squadron Col. Miloslav Kratochvíl-Bitton, who was laid to rest at the civilian part of the cemetery.