One of 38 Czechoslovak airmen who left on the last BOAC flight from Merignac, P/O František Rypl reached RAF Hendon on 17 June 1940. Posted to No 310 Squadron RAF on 12 July, the 32-year-old pilot flew on their first operational patrol on 17 August. On 9 September, whilst in combat with enemy fighters south of London, he was shot up in Hurricane Mk I NN-M, making a forced landing near Oxted.
On completing its bombing run on RAF Biggin Hill, to which No 79 Squadron RAF had been posted on 27 August 1940, an Me 110 was hit by P/O Paul F Mayhew, who watched the fighter explode as it hit the ground at Brasted on 1 September. The 20-year-old pilot had been using Hurricane Mk I NV-N after his own NV-L had been rendered unserviceable 2 days earlier, with the tailplane rudder shot up by cannon fire after being credited with a He 111 destroyed 20m south of the base at 11.50hrs.
Hawker Hurricane Mk I, F / O Manfred Czernin DSO, MC, DFC, No. 17 Squadron, Royal Air Force, August 25, 1940 - Bravo Bravo Aviation. The son of an Austrian diplomat and an English aristocrat, Count Czernin Manfred Beckett enlisted in the Royal Air Force in 1935. After participating in a Battle of France, he became an ace during the Battle of Britain. Attacking head on flying a Hurricane, he cut down three Messerschmitt Bf 110 in less than a minute August 25, 1940.
F/O František "Dolly" Doležal was a Czech intake of No 19 Squadron RAF that arrived at RAF Fowlmere in August 1940. He had a tally of 2 destroyed, 2 probably destroyed and 1 damaged in September. He was wounded in the leg and his Spitfire Mk I severely damaged in combat over London on 11 September.
Posted to No 234 Squadron RAF at RAF Church Fenton on 9 June 1940, Sgt Michael CB "Mike" Boddington claimed a probable Do 215 destroyed on 12 August, a Ju 88 2 days later, 2 Me 110 fighters on 4 September and an Me 109 on the next and the following day. He continued his tally with a Ju 88 downed on 28 October, a He 111 damaged on 2 November, a Ju 88 damaged on 29 November and a Do 17 destroyed on 5 December. He was commissioned in November and awarded the DFM on 26 November.
P/O Stanislav Zimprich was commissioned into the RAFVR on 12 July 1940 whereupon he joined No 310 Squadron RAF at RAF Duxford and made his first operational flight on 18 August. He claimed 2 Me 110 probably destroyed on 7 September, a Do 17 destroyed and an Me 110 damaged 2 days later and a Do 17 probably destroyed on 18 September.
Flying Hurricane Mk I DU-X on 8 October 1940, Sgt Josef Stehlík followed P/O Alois Vašátko and F/L Denys E "Kill 'em" Gillam of No 312 Squadron RAF from RAF Speke at 16.15hrs, when he encountered a Ju 88 at 1,200ft, firing 3 burst before the other standby pilots went into attack. They shared the squadron's first victory near Liverpool and returned to base after being airborne for 11 minutes.
Sgt Charlton "Wag" Haw was posted to No 504 Squadron RAF at RAF Wick in 10 June 1940, giving fighter protection to the naval base at Scapa Flow. The 20-year-old pilot soon made himself popular, not least through playing the piano at squadron parties. He claimed an Me 110 and force-landed at Gammons Farm, Kilmington, unhurt, on 27 September, a day after their move to RAF Filton.
Sgt Rudolf Zíma was posted to No 310 Squadron RAF at RAF Duxford on 6 August 1940, following assessment at the Czech depot at RAF Cosford.