Avia Bk-534, 27th September 1938, 40th Fighter Flight, Czechoslovak Air Force,
pilots Vilem Hofman and Josef Frantisek
size of original 31,5´ x 19,7´ (80x50 cm), oil on canvas, signed by the author
original painting in personal collection
|On the 23rd September 1938 was issued a decree of general mobilization of Czechoslovak army. All air forces was transfered to its advanced airfields, all regiment identification markings was repaint to make harder the identification for the enemies. |
The 40th Fighter Flight (4th Air Regiment), covering name „Bird of prey“, based in
It was this case also on the 27th September 1938 when the flight of three Bk-534 (cannon version of popular B-534 fighter) was scrambled to chase German reconaisance Do-17 P heading above the capital. The flight was lead by Second Lieutenant Vilem Hofman. A first wingman was lately very famous pilot Sgt. Josef Frantisek (17 victories during the BoB). A second wingman was soldier Rudolf Tous.
The action is described in memories of Mr. Hofman
„... We are climbing rapidly, anti-aircraft gunnery office leading us against enemy aircraft over the capital city. We are quickly approaching to him, but after he saw us he is retreating. We are above him and we are running down him above airfield Ruzyne. We fly by the sides and under but he is accelerating and starting to climb. In climbing we are equal but in horizontal he shifting away. We are in
This flight was the first Frantisek´ rendezvous with enemy aircraft.
At this time there are some queries about this story is truthful. Some sources indicate this operation was more probably just a routine flight with air combat lesson.
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