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Another pencil drawing by Czech aviation artist Pavel Rampír. This scene shows the last moments of Wing Commander Alois Vašátko, an accomplished pilot and a commander of the Czechoslovak Fighter Wing in the RAF. On that June day in 1942, he was returning from a mission over France when unexpectedly, his aircraft was jumped near the English coast by a lone Focke-Wulf Fw 190. In a violent break, Vašátko’s Spitfire and the German aircraft collided. Both fell into the sea. Amos did not survive.
The DFC had been awarded to him, tragically, on the very same day that he died.
Vašátko’s Spitfire MK. Vb carried his initials “AV”.
Pavel Rampír is also an illustrator of the Revi aviation journal. His website is available at: http://www.aircraft.flying.to/
[Pavel Rampír, used by permission of the artist]