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Archive Report: Allied Forces

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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

Serial: N6835

Base: RAF Coltishall

Location: North Sea off Southwold, Suffolk

Pilot: Sgt. Vaclav Brejcha 787506 RAFVR Age 26. Killed


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

Burial Details:

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.

Acknowledgements: Sources used by us in compiling Archive Reports include: Bill Chorley - 'Bomber Command Losses Vols. 1-9, plus ongoing revisions', Dr. Theo E.W. Boiten and Mr. Roderick J. Mackenzie - 'Nightfighter War Diaries Vols. 1 and 2', Martin Middlebrook and Chris Everitt - 'Bomber Command War Diaries', Commonwealth War Graves Commission, Tom Kracker - Kracker Luftwaffe Archives, Michel Beckers, Major Fred Paradie (RCAF) and MWO François Dutil (RCAF) - Paradie Archive (on this site), Jean Schadskaje, Major Jack O'Connor USAF (Retd.), Robert Gretzyngier, Wojtek Matusiak, Waldemar Wójcik and Józef Zieliński - 'Ku Czci Połeglyçh Lotnikow 1939-1945', Archiwum - Polish Air Force Archive (on this site), Anna Krzystek, Tadeusz Krzystek - 'Polskie Siły Powietrzne w Wielkiej Brytanii', Franek Grabowski, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses', Aircrew Remembered Databases and our own archives. We are grateful for the support and encouragement of CWGC, UK Imperial War Museum, Australian War Memorial, Australian National Archives, New Zealand National Archives, UK National Archives and Fold3 and countless dedicated friends and researchers across the world.
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