Copy of the Swiss magazine Passé Simple containing an article (in French) about RAF airman Léonard Revilliod, one of the 16 flight crew who lost their lives in a mid-air collision over Island House in 1944. Léonard was the grandson of the first President of Czechoslovakia, and served with 518 Squadron based on Tiree. Written by Denis Dumoulin in 2020.
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Copy of a page from An Tirisdeach 679 about a visit to Tiree by the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Associates, an organisation dedicated to remembering the Czech men and women who served in the RAF during WW2. Includes a detailed biography of Flying Officer Leonard Revilliod (1922-1944) who died in a mid-air collision over Island House in 1944.
Printed images of the memorial to Czech men who volunteered and died serving with British forces in WWII. Built by the British community living in Prague. Includes Leonard Revilliod who died in a mid-air collision of two Halifax aircraft over Island House in 1944, while he was serving with 518 Squadron, RAF Tiree.
Photograph of one of the Halifax aircraft involved in the mid-air collision over Tiree in 1944
Black & white photograph of one of the Halifax aircraft that was involved in the mid-air collision with another Halifax over Tiree on 16 Aug 1944 with the loss of all 16 airmen (8 in each plane). This is thought to be the one in which Leonard Revilliod (grandson of the first President of Czecheslovakia) was part of the crew when it crashed. (a print of the same photograph is filed 2012.135.6 filing cabinet 9 drawer 4)
Letter from Mrs Hilary Sigmund to Dr John Holliday suggesting that Leonard Revilliod was not Czech and did not fly with the Czech air force. His grandfather was Czech President Tomas Masaryk who married an American. Their daughter Olga was brought up as a Unitarian, married ? Revilliod and gave birth to Leonard, who may also have been brought up Unitarian. Leonard Revilliod was flying with RAF Tiree when his plane collided with another in 1944 over Tiree, with the loss of all 16 airmen on both aircraft.
Death certificate of Leonard Revilliod, RAF Tiree, 1944
Copy of death certificate of Flying Officer Leonard Revilliod (grandson of the first President of Czechoslovakia, Tomas Masaryk), who served with the RAF on Tiree during WWII. He was one of 16 airmen who died during a mid-air collision between two Halifax aircraft during a training flight over Tiree. (On the death certificate his name is mis-spelt as Revilloid)