28.03.1942 No. 602 Squadron Spitfire Vb BM148 W/O. Ptáček
Date: 28th March 1942 (Saturday)
Unit: No. 602 Squadron
Type: Spitfire Vb
Base: RAF Redhill, Surrey
Location: English Channel, off France
Pilot: W/O. Rudolf Ptáček 787434 RAFVR (Czech) Age ? Missing
REASON FOR LOSS:
The then Sgt. Ptáček was shot down earlier on the 19th August 1941 at St. Omer. Flying a Spitfire IIa with 222 Squadron (Wigan and District) he was taking part in a Circus when shot down by a member of JG26. He managed to force land the aircraft and was able to return to his unit with the aid of local resistance fighters.
This time sadly he was not so lucky. Taking part in a Rodeo during the afternoon he was shot down, again by pilots of JG26, over the English Channel. His body was never recovered.
Sgt. Rudolf Ptáček. Runnymede Memorial. Panel 73. Born in Czechoslovakia. NOK Details not currently available.
Researched for relatives of the pilot. With thanks to the following for further information supplied, Norman L.R. Franks 'Fighter Command Losses' Vol. 2, Commonwealth War Graves Commission.