Bratislava - A commemorative plaque to the Czech and Slovak pilots who served in the British RAF during World War Two was unveiled today, one day after wartime British PM Winston Churchill´s grandson Nicholas Soames presented a winged-lion statue in honour of the pilots in Prague.
Zprava náčelník generálního štábu slovenské armády Milan Maxim, zástupce náčelníka generálního štábu a hlavní maršál britského letectví Stuart Peach a váleční veteráni Alois Dubec, Emil Boček a Milan Píka 18. června na bratislavském Náměstí gen. M. R. Štefánika po odhalení pamětní desky československým pilotům, kteří bojovali za druhé světové války v RAF. ČTK Koller Jan
Both the statue and the plaque were donated by the British community living in the two states of the former Czechoslovakia, which was divided as from 1993.
The plaque is placed on the building of a shopping centre on the Danube River embankment close to the statue of Milan Rastislav Stefanik, Slovak co-founder of independent Czechoslovakia in 1918.
The unveiling of the plaque in Bratislava was attended by three war veterans, including Milan Pika, son of General Heliodor Pika who was executed by the communist regime in 1949.
A historic Spitfire fighter plane which Czechoslovak pilots were flying during the war, flew over Bratislava when the plaque was being unveiled.
The Band of the RAF College and royal drummers and bagpipers performed during the ceremony.
During World War Two, then Slovak Republic was under a strong influence of Nazi Germany.
Some 2,500 Czechoslovak pilots served with RAF during World War Two. A total of 493 of them died in combat.