Date: 1941 Dec 28/29 A/C Type: Wellington IC SN: T2553 Code: KX-B A/C Nickname:
 File: 478 Airforce: RAF Sqn/Unit: 311 Sqn (Czech) Mission/Raid: Wilhemshaven
1 Pilot Sgt. Alois Siska                POW 9    
2 CP/Obs Sgt. Josef Tomanek    died 2 Jan 1942 on sea - MIA 10    
3 Fl Eng/AG F/O Josef Mohr           died 2 Jan 1942 on sea 11    
4 WO/AG F/O Josef Scerba            POW 12    
5 WO/AG Sgt. Pavel Svoboda        POW 13    
6 Rear gunner Sgt. Rudolf Skalicky     downed with A/C - MIA 14    
7     15    
8     16                    

Emergency landing on North Sea. Three survivors, barely alive, came ashore in a dinghy on Petten beach. 


Rear gunner Rudolf Skalicky drowned when the aircraft sunk and is MIA since then.

The others stepped with 5 men in the dinghy. End December in a rubber boat on the freezing cold North Sea is not a pleasant situation. After 4 nights and days, Sgt. Mohr died of exposure and his body had to be set overboard. He washed ashore on the North-Holland coast and was buried in Bergen aan-Zee. Sgt. Tomanek also died, was also set overboard, never found back. He can be buried as unknown RAF Sgt. 1942, probably with normal CWGC-headstone, from Bergen-aan-Zee up to the Danish west coast.

For the remaining 3 men in the dinghy, it was a struggle for life. They barely made it to Petten beach and were taken to hospital. For the crew of T2553 a commemoration monument was erected on the location where they came ashore, see below.


- Website Czech consulate.
- Website CWGC
- Newspaper articles

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