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Lieutenant General (Ret.) František Fajtl dies

The legendary fighter pilot, veteran of WW2, dies in Prague on 4 October 2006 in his 94.

Funeral of LG František Fajtl

The funeral rites with military tributes were held at the Prague-Strašnice Cemetery on 13 October 2006.

The farewell ceremony was attendend by family members, President of the Czech Republic Václav Klaus, Czech Prime Minister Mirek Topolánek, Minister of Defence Jiří Šedivý, Chief of the General Staff of the Armed Forces of the Czech Republic Army General Pavel Štefka, General Fajtl family's friends, prominent personalities and general public.

In their orations, the last tributes to General František Fajtl were paid by Václav Klaus, General Štefka, Air Chief Marshal Sir David Cousins, the Fund Controller of the Royal Air Force Benevolent Fund, and others.

The Czech Air Force paid its tributes to the legendary pilot by overflights with JAS-39 Gripen and L-159 ALCA aircraft.

Lieutenant General (Ret.) František Fajtl fought air battles of WW2 over France, England and the Soviet Union. In 1942, he was appointed Commander of the (British) 122nd Fighter Squadron. Later, he participated in the Slovak National Uprising and in the Ostrava Operation in former Czechoslovakia at the end of WW2. He was awarded with a number of Czech and foreign orders and medals for his extraordinary achievements and courage.

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Posted: October 13, 2006