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Hero's medals given to Duxford Imperial War Museum

Wing Commander George Blackwood
Wing Commander Blackwood was unhurt when his plane was shot down

A war hero's Battle of Britain medals have been gifted to a museum on the site of the former Cambridgeshire airfield he was based at.

Wing Commander George Blackwood served at RAF Duxford during World War II with the 310 Squadron - the first completely Czech fighter squadron.

He received the Defence Medal, George Star, Aircrew Europe Star and Czech War Cross and Czech Military Medal.

His family gave the collection to Imperial War Museum Duxford later.

Mr Blackwood was also presented with the Czech Medal of George of Podebrady in 1993.

He was posted to RAF Duxford in June 1940 to form the 310 Squadron.

Shot down

A group of Czechoslovakian pilots and ground crew had escaped from their country and the occupying Germans and arrived in England to fight in the war.

The non-English speaking airmen had fought their way through France to England, and on their arrival were posted to RAF Duxford.

Mr Blackwood headed up the squadron which became operational on 17 August 1940.

On 26 August 1940, his Hurricane was shot down and he crashed in Maldon, Essex. He was unhurt.

A spokeswoman for the museum said it was expected that the medals would be displayed as part of a Historic Duxford, a project to bring Duxford's heritage to life.



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