Flying for Freedom

The Flying, Survival and Captivity Experiences of a Czech Pilot in the Second World War

Alois Siska

Alois Siska was a Czechoslovakia native who Joined the UK RAF. Here he describes his experiences from flying bombers, to becoming a German POW, to joining the Czech air force, where he was persecuted by the Communists. After their fall, he was reinstated, and is a recipient of the highest Czech military honor.
Date Published :
October 2008
Publisher :
Pen and Sword
Language:
English
Illustration :
16 pages of b/w illustrations
Format Available    QuantityPrice
Hardback
ISBN : 9781844157303
Pages : 208
Dimensions : 9 X 6 inches
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Overview
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Alois Siska was born in Czechoslovakia and learnt to fly. He escaped to the UK after the German invasion and joined the R.A.F. He describes his experiences flying Wellington bombers. In December 1943 he was shot down and he and surviving members of the crew were adrift in the North Sea for 7 days in appalling conditions. Picked up by the Germans he underwent surgery to his badly wounded legs and became a POW. He suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and was held in numerous camps including Colditz. His injuries were so extensive that he was put under the care of Archibald McIndoe.

Siska chose to return to his native country to join their air force but fell foul of the Communist authorities. His persecution is described in the closing chapters. His rank was restored only in 1991 on the collapse of the Communist regime. Despite his injuries he remained active until 2003 when he died just short of his 90th birthday. He was as an active member of the Czech Ex-R.A.F. Association, the R.A.F. Benevolent Fund in his country, and the Sue Ryder Homes for which he raised considerable funds. His death was marked with a fly-past of the Czech Air Force and he was posthumously awarded the highest military decoration - The Order of the White Lion.

About The Author
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Alois Siska was born in Czechoslovakia and learnt to fly. He escaped to the UK after the German invasion and joined the R.A.F. He describes his experiences flying Wellington bombers. In December 1943 he was shot down and he and surviving members of the crew were adrift in the North Sea for 7 days in appalling conditions. Picked up by the Germans he underwent surgery to his badly wounded legs and became a POW. He suffered at the hands of the Gestapo and was held in numerous camps including Colditz. His injuries were so extensive that he was put under the care of Archibald McIndoe.

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