This section is called 'Czechoslovaks'. You can find here a lot of things about this theme, but mostly this is a part of my historical research and has nothing to do with the EAW. It is focused on the 'Western men' which means mainly the pilots who saw action in the West. This means Polskie Lotnictwo - Battle of Poland 1939, Armée de l'Air - Battle of France 1940, Royal Air Force - beginning with the Battle of Britian until the very end of the WWII.
The '1938 - 1945' chapter in the Czech and Slovak history is one of the most tragic ones but it laso gave space to show an unbilieveable encourage, honour and devotion. The Czechoslovaks brave men left in 1938-39 their beloved and progressing country which was destroyed by the evil forces of Nazism. They left their families there, who were later mostly sent to concentration camps or in a better case just somehow other persecuted.
The worst thing of all was that when the rest who survived this horrible war, were after their return to his homeland able to live in freedom just for next three years. In 1948 communist party took power in Czechoslovakia. Their first step was to eliminate all the people that had reasonable mind and who had seen what is democracy about. Due all the the Western (but a lot of Eastern - who were fighting in Russia) members who did not managed to escape again, were imprisoned in camps and had to work hard in uranium mines. The high leaders were in most cases executed.
Suddenly the regime turned from democratic to completely red. The people who were so lucky and managed to escape soon were shattered in all around the world. They called it the 'second exile'. Many of them went back to offer their service to R.A.F.
The guys who have stayed went through a horrible experience. The have been spied by the state secret police, relegated, kicked out from the army, their homes and finally jailed in the mines. The worst fact for them was probably that they were arrested along with the war loosers - SS-men and war criminals. Most of the were rehabilitated in the half of the 60's when the political atmosphere here was looking to shape better... but then the Russain tanks came in 1968 and ocuppied us for next 20 years, till 1989-90 when the communist regime fell like a card-house.
When the communist regime fell in 1989 here, a lot of the people were many years dead, other living their lives in England, France, USA, Canada, Australia... After long 40 years after the war they were finally heros in their own country...