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Cukr, Vaclav

    Date of birth:
    October 16th, 1913 (Prague, Czechoslovakia)
    Date of death:
    October 14th, 1989 (New Zealand)
    Service number:
    787 625
    Czechoslovakian (1918 - 1948, Republic)


    After he emigrated to New Zealand, Vaclav Cukr changed his name to Vicky Eric Cooper. On July 4th, 1943, Vaclav Cukr collided with his North American Mustang Mk I, "AG489" near Nether Lyppiat, Gloucestershire with Supermarine Spitfire "P7918". Although he managed to escape with his parchute he flew at such a low altitude that he was seriously wounded and his flying career was over.

    ?: CIC No. 6, Chartres;
    March 8th, 1940 - June 8th, 1940: Groupe de Chasse II./3;
    August 6th, 1940: No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron;
    August 17th, 1940: No. 6 Operational Training Unit;
    September 10th, 1940: No. 43 (The Fighting Cocks) Squadron;
    September 28th, 1940: No. 253 (Hyderabad State) Squadron;
    May 31st, 1941: Instructor No. 52 Operational Training Unit;
    January 1st, 1943 - July 4th, 1943: Instructor No. 20 Maintenance Unit.

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    Second World War (1939-1945)

    Second decoration awarded in the form of a golden oak leaf cluster to be worn on the ribbon of the first decoration.
    Ceskoslovenský válecný kríž 1939
    Second World War (1939-1945)

    Awarded with palmes.
    Croix de Guerre (1939-1945)
    Second World War (1939-1945)

    Awarded with clasp "BATTLE OF BRITAIN".
    1939-1945 Star