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Fighter pilot Cpt Robert Holmes Memorial - Prague
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dáin & Olík
N 50° 05.740 E 014° 18.407
33U E 450418 N 5549497
Quick Description: Memorial of Capt. R.B.Holmes of the 78th Fighter Group who was killed in crash-landing on the 16th of April 1945.
Location: Czechia
Date Posted: 5/6/2009 5:49:40 AM
Waymark Code: WM6B39
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Math Teacher
Views: 149

Long Description:
In April 1945 residents of the village of Ruzyne, which was situated on the outskirts of the city of Prague, were used to frequent U. S. fighters flying over their heads and hearing the noise of fire of the flak defending the nearby aerodrome. They were not that suprised than seeing a Mustang, with the black and white checkerboard nose marking approaching form the west at 4 p.m. on April 16, 1945. But suddenly they found out there must have been something wrong with it: The ship was losing attitude and smoking...

The Mustang eventually crashlanded at the gardening next to what is now the highway leading from Prague to the International Airport. The pilot Capt. Robert B. Holmes of the 78th Fighter Group, 8th Air Force, was KIA. The report of the local police post said "the aircraft, which was recognized as 'Mustang', hit the ground at 4.15 p.m. and burnt down".

Date of Dedication: 04/16/1945

Property Permission: Public

Access instructions: walk path from park Divoka Sarka

Access times: From: 12:24 AM To: 12:00 AM

Website for Waymark: [Web Link]

Location of waymark:
no adress, it is on the border of small wood and fields


Commemoration: Cpt. R.B.Holmes

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