27.02.1943. No. 310 Squadron Spitfire Vb EP572 NN-Z Fl/Lt. Ridkosil
Operation: Ramrod 54
Date: 27th February 1943 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 310 Squadron (Czech)
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Exeter, Devon
Location: English Channel, North East Brest.
Pilot: Fl/Lt. Vaclav Jan Petr Ridkosil 82944 RAFVR Age 29. Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
During a Ramrod they encountered Fw. 190's and Fl/ Lt Ridkisil was shot down and lost North East of Brest over the English Channel
310 Squadron lost another Spitfire, during the same encounter, EP287 was shot down in the same area. Fl/Lt. Burda was taken prisoner of war. 313 Squadron also lost a Spitfire and pilot, Fl/Lt. Miloslav Stusak was shot down and killed.
Fl/Lt. Ridkosil whilst an instructor at Course 23 58 OTU, Grangemouth Scotland: Front row: P/O. Bendit, P/O. Banach, F/O. Andersz, Fl/Lt. Ridkosil, F/O. Preihs, P/O. Ciach, P/O. Birtus - Centre row: Sgt. Ziendalski, Sgt. Haczkiewicz, Sgt. Makowski, Sgt. Muszynski, Sgt. Gilis, Sgt. Orzechowski, Sgt. Plenkiewicz - Rear row: Sgt. Bednarz, Sgt. Starzynski, Sgt. Kierski, Sgt. Sztuka, Sgt. Murkowski, Sgt. Kobylinski
Note: Spitfire Vb EP572 was built at the Castle Bromwich Aircrft Facory and was fitted with the Merlin 46 engine.
Burial Details: None - Fl/Lt. Ridkosil's body was not recovered.
Fl/Lt. Vaclav Jan Petr Ridkosil. Runnymede War Memorial. Panel 120. Next of Kin details not currently available.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks for further information to the Grangemouth Air Cadets and the Grangemouth Spitfire Memorial Trust who provided Kelvin Youngs with so much information and assistance during Aircrew Remembered's personal visit. Thanks also to Norman Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol' 2.
Left: Interior shot at Runnymede War Memorial