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Of dogs and men

On 17 January 2014, the team of the Office of the Defence Attaché had the pleasure to welcome to the Czech Embassy in London a Scottish writer, Mr Hamish Ross, author of "Freedom in the Air". Mr Hamish´s book tells the story of a Czechoslovak RAF airman, Václav Robert Bozděch, and his dog Antis, who were members of the 311th Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron.

In 1949 Antis was awarded the PDSA Dickin medal, the equivalent of the Victoria Cross, for bravery and outstanding service during World War II. With his master flight lieutenant Bozděch he flew more than 30 bombing missions over occupied Europe and Nazi Germany. Antis went from being a valued mascot for his crew, to a symbol of courage for all in the RAF.

On the occasion of his visit to the Embassy, Mr Hamish Ross was presented with the commemorative medal of the Minister of Defence of the Czech Republic for his contribution to spreading the good reputation of Free Czechoslovak army members fighting alongside the Allies in WWII.