According to Raymond Johnston, Prague Post’s journalist, a rare Vickers Wellington, World War II medium range bomber, may get Czechoslovak markings. The 311th Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron formed at the RAF base in Honington on July 29, 1940, using twin-engine Wellington bombers that were manned mostly by Czechoslovak crews. In June 1943 the squadron started using Consolidated Liberator bombers instead. The squadron used the code letters "KX" on its Wellingtons and "PP" on its Liberators. The squadron was disbanded in the UK at RAF Milltown on Feb. 15, 1946.
Raymond Johnston tells the concept is supported by the British Embassy in Prague and the Czech Embassy in London. It’s the best example of this type of aircraft compared with other similar recovered, such as another Wellington recovered from the bottom of Loch Ness (1985) and is on display in the United Kingdom.
He tells Jiří Hošek, a London correspondent for Czech Radio (ČRo), came up with the idea to put the Czechoslovak colors on the Wellington T.10 with serial number MF628, which is owned by the Royal Air Force Museum. The plane was put into storage in 1944 and then modified in 1948 for to be used for training. The plane has been undergoing conservation work since the fall of 2010 at RAFMuseum’s Cosford site. The 1948 modifications will be changed back so the plane has its wartime appearance. According to Jiří Hošek the reconstructed Vickers Wellington bomber could already before the public at the end of this year.
According to Jiří Hošek , for Czech people the idea to use Czechoslovak markings, belonging to 311th Squadron, will have great symbolic significance especially since 2015 marks 70 years since the end of World War II. According to Peter Duhan, Czech Radio General Manager, it would be a visible reminder of the respect that the British feel toward the Czechoslovaks for their contribution to the victory over Nazism.
Raymond Johnston tells Czechoslovak pilots in the RAF also recently got recognition in the form of a statue in Prague’s Malá Strana district. The Winged Lion was unveiled June 17, 2014, by Sir Nicholas Soames, the grandson of Sir Winston Churchill and a member of British Parliament. In so doing, a Spitfire plane temporarily painted in Czechoslovak markings flew along the Vltava and over the British Embassy.
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