A Czech Battle of Britain ace has been commemorated by a new memorial unveiled close to the site of his death.
During the Battle of Britain, the strength of the RAF was bolstered by international airmen including many from nations that had recently fallen to Nazi Germany. Sergeant Josef František was one such man.
An exceptional Czech pilot with a penchant for going his own way, the fates turned for František the day after his 26th birthday, when the ‘Lone Wolf ’s’ Hurricane strayed from formation and crashed near Staines Reservoir in Surrey.
František’s remarkable career flying with four separate air forces was recently retold at a remembrance ceremony held in Priest Hill Nature Reserve near Epsom, where a memorial dedicated to him has been unveiled.