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The Airmen's Stories - F/Sgt. J Kominek


Josef Kominek was born in Prague on October 31st 1913. He was in the Czech Air Force when the Germans took over his country on March 15th 1939. He later went to Poland and joined the Czech Air Force there. When Poland fell, Kominek made his way to France and enlisted in the Armee de l’Air in late 1939. After the French collapse, he escaped to England.

Kominek joined 310 Squadron at Duxford at its formation on July 10th 1940. He claimed a Do17 destroyed on September 15th and a Me109 destroyed on the 27th. He was on patrol in Hurricane L1842 on November 2nd 1940 when it caught fire. He baled out, unhurt, and the aircraft crashed on to a bungalow at Warden, Sheppey.

Kominek was killed on June 8th 1941, in Hurricane Z2562 of 310 Squadron. The aircraft stalled and spun into the ground at Coe's Farm, near Girton, Cambridgeshire. The cause was reckoned to be disobedience of orders forbidding low flying, the aircraft being overloaded in a steep turn without enough airspeed and height.

Kominek is buried in Brookwood Military Cemetery.

He was awarded the Czech Military Cross (gazetted 15th July 1941).


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