19.06.1941 No. 257 Squadron Tiger Moth I N6835 Sgt. Brejcha
Operation: Transit flight
Date: 19th June 1941 (Thursday)
Unit: No. 257 Squadron
Type: Tiger Moth I
Base: R.A.F. Coltishall
Location: North Sea off Southwold, Suffolk
Pilot: Sgt. Vaclav Brejcha 787506 R.A.F.V.R. Age 26. Killed
REASON FOR LOSS:
A successful pilot having shot down a Do17 on the 4th February 1941 near Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk and had taken part in the Battle of Britain with 43 Squadron.
En route from Farnborough to Coltishall. The reason for the Tiger Moth entering a spin and crashing into the North sea off Southwold was never established. His body was not recovered until the following month on the 18th July. With the funeral a few days later on the 27th July.
The village of Zivotice in the Czech republic celebrates his service at a memorial every year.
Sgt. Vaclav Brejcha standing extreme right of photo with Mae West
Sgt. Vaclav Brejcha. Scottow Cemetery, Norfolk. Grave 247.
Further information: Born in Zivotice, Czechoslovakia on April 13th 1915. N.o.K. Details not currently available.
Prior to outbreak of WW2 he was already serving in the Czech Air Force, escaping to Poland after the Germans invaded his country. Following the invasion of Poland escaped again to France and then on to England. Converted to flying Hurricanes with 6 O.T.U at Sutton Bridge prior to joining 43 Squadron at Usworth before finally, 257 Squadron at Coltishall on 27th November 1940.
We are indebted to the residents of the village of Zivotice in the Czech republic for photographs and information.