Miroslav Liškutín, one of the last two surviving Czechoslovak fighter
pilots who served with the British RAF during WWII, died in Britain on
Monday aged 98, the Czech military confirmed on Twitter.
During the war, Liškutín made 131 sorties above enemy territory and spent 465 hours in air combat, the Czech Army confirmed. The head of the General Staff of the Czech Armed Forces, General Jiří Bečvář said he was sincerely saddened by the news. In April 1939, Liškutín left the Nazi-occupied Czech lands for France via Poland, Sweden and Britain. In France, he joined the Foreigner Legion with which he underwent six months training in Africa.
After the fall of France, he went to Britain, where he completed his training as a fighter pilot and joined the 145th RAF squadron in combat in August 1941. Later he was transferred to the 312th Czechoslovak squadron and in May 1945 to the 313th Czechoslovak squadron.
After the February 1948 communist coup in Czechoslovakia, he returned to Britain.
The last surviving Czech pilot who served with RAF during the war is Emil Boček, who turns 95 later this week.
Czech goalie Petr Mrázek has been traded to the Philadelphia Flyers by the
Detroit Red Wings in return for a conditional fourth-round pick in the 2018
NHL draft as well as a conditional third-round pick in 2019.
The club’s general manager (and legendary former goaltender who made his name with the Flyers) Ron Hextall said the club was excited to have gotten Mrázek, who he called a proven NHL goaltender.
He also referred to the situation in which the club’s other two goalies, Brian Elliott and Michal Neuvirth, are both out with injury.
The regional court in Tachov has ordered that a lorry driver and a fellow
passenger detained last Friday on the D5 highway in the Plzeň area headed
towards the border crossing with Germany, be remanded in custody.
The pair as well as a second duo in a second truck, were allegedly attempting to smuggle 35 migrants, including 11 children, across the border at Rozvadov. The regional court in Plzeň-jih (Pilsen-south) is to decide on the other suspects.
According to police spokeswoman Veronika Horková, the lorries came from Romania through Hungary and Slovakia.
Since 2015, 1,275 Czech police officers have taken part in international
missions helping beef up security in Hungary, Macedonia, Serbia, Greece and
Slovenia, in the face of the migrant crisis.
According to Police President Tomáš Tuhý, missions abroad will continue in Macedonia at least until the end of this year.
Prague’s Libeň bridge will not receive the designation of cultural
heritage site, the Culture Ministry revealed on Monday. The decision is not
The bridge has been closed to tram and car traffic since January 19 due because it is in poor condition.
Prague city councillors were to decide whether the bridge would be repaired or demolished.
Doctors have confirmed that Czech hockey star Jaromír Jágr suffered a
concussion following a hard hit by Havířov’s Marek Sikora in a game on
Saturday but escaped more serious injury.
Jágr lay on the ice for a long moment after being checked from behind and against the boards. iDnes reported that his tongue fell back after he hit his head in the fall.
A stretcher was called for but Jágr was able to eventually get back on his feet. He is now in recovery.
A police raid at a number of bars, restaurants and discos in Brno on Friday
caught more than 50 underage drinkers at a single establishment alone. Two
ended up in hospital and one in a jail cell (known as a drunk tank) heavily
The establishment in question faces a potential fine of one million crowns and a two-year ban.
What has come to be known as “the frozen highway”, a long-distance
route for ice skating on the Lipno reservoir on the Vltava River in south
Bohemia, is expected to be opened for the first time to skaters this
season. It should take place at the weekend.
The track, in the past some 11 kilometres long and six to eight metres wide, allows skaters an unparalleled experience.
Currently, the ice is reported to be some 10 centimetres thick and needs to be 18 before skating is allowed. The weather should be optimal: freezing temperatures are expected all week.
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