Monument to Czechoslovak RAF pilots unveiled in Prague

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17.06.2014 18:03

Prague - Nicholas Soames, a grandson of Winston Churchill, unveiled a statue of winged lion, a monument to Czechoslovak WWII pilots in RAF sponsored by the British community in the Czech Republic as their thanks for the pilots' bravery, in a park in Prague today.

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Na pražském Klárově byl 17. června slavnostně odhalen pomník československým letcům, kteří za druhé světové války působili v britském Královském letectvu (RAF) a proslavili se hlavně v bitvě o Británii. Dvoumetrovou sochu okřídleného lva darovala britská komunita žijící v Česku. Autorem bronzového památníku je britský sochař Colin Spofforth. S umístěním sochy na Klárově nesouhlasí památkáři. Na snímku pózuje před pomníkem jeden z nejstarších válečných veteránů Imrich Gablech (98). ČTK Šimánek Vít

The monument is opposed by Prague heritage protectors who resent both its size and location.

The two-metre bronze statue of a winged lion, made by British sculptor Colin Spofforth, stands on a concrete plinth covered by Czech granite.

If seen from above, the circular plinth looks like the emblem of the Czech air force.

The cladding and riveting on its side resemble an aircraft skin.

The conservationists argue that the work of art is too monumental, while there is already one statue in the park.

They criticise the Prague 1 authority and the British embassy for having asked for permit too late and without a sufficient discussion.

Earlier today, the Hall Prague City Hall Heritage Department issued a negative position on the placing of the statue.

Due to the permit from the Prague 1 planning permission office, it wants to appeal to the Prague City Hall office, Jiri Skalicky, head of the Prague City Hall Heritage Department, told CTK.

With their decision, the officials breached the law, Skalicky said.

Some 2,500 Czechoslovak pilots served with RAF during World War Two. A total of 493 of them died in combat.

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