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Major Pavel Vranský (1921 - 2018) - Biography


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Even though I had thousand opportunities to stay abroad, I never did

Major Pavel Vranský was born on 29th April in Lipník nad Bečvou. He grew up in Frýdlant nad Ostravicí, Bohumín and Ostrava. He attended a grammar school and professional trainings in the dairy industry. In 1939, he left (with his father) to Poland and then to the USSR. His brother lives in Israel, his mother died in a concentration camp. He passed the basic training at the Czechoslovak armed forces and in 1942, was transferred to the Czechoslovak units in the Near East. He fought at Tobruk, then he enlisted to the American anti-submarine air forces. After the war, he flew a modified military aircraft Liberator between Prague and London. Later, he worked in the Czechoslovak Airlines. He retired at the age of 55 and together with his wife, he organized children camps for example in the Jizera Mountains. He was decorated with a number of Czech and British decorations. He lived with his wife in Horoměřice. Pavel Vranský passed away on June, the 24th, 2018.

 

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