The RAF fighter pilot Karel Pavlík was born in Pilsen 105 years ago.

Karel Pavlík was trained to be a letter painter.

He escaped from the occupied homeland via Poland to France, after its capitulation to England. On May 5, 1942, as a pilot of the 313th Czechoslovak fighter squadron, he was shot down in a battle over Belgium.

In 1946, he was promoted to the rank of captain in memoriam, in 1991 to colonel.

A monument to Karel Pavlík was erected in Belgium. An article was published on its unveiling in the Belgian magazine Contakt, which states: “…on August 28, 1999, a stele in memory of Sergeant Pavlík was unveiled in the village of Dranouter at the place where he crashed his Spitfire on May 5 after an aerial fight. He was one of the fighters who protected the bombers in the Circus 157 operation (raid on the power plant in Lille)…” In 1945, the Allies managed to pick up Pavlík’s body and he was buried in the Ypres cemetery.

Karel Pavlík is one of the RAF trio Pavlík – Šindelář – Záleský from Doubravka who died during World War II and have a memorial plaque on the school building in Pilsen – Doubravka.

In honor of Karel Pavlík´s memory, City of Pilsen laid flowers to the Doubravka plaque on this day.

Lest we forget!