Major General (Rtd) Ivan Otto Schwarz passes away

Major General (Rtd) Ivan Otto Schwarz passed away aged 94 in London on Thursday (4 January). A native of Bratislava, who grew up in Bytča, was the last surviving Slovakian living in the UK to have served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. Flying with No. 311 Czechoslovak Bomber Squadron RAF, he logged 1,200 operational flying hours on combat operations. On 27 December 1943, as an air gunner on board the Liberator Bomber piloted by P/O Oldřich Doležal he participated in the greatest success of 311 Squadron – the sinking of the German blockade runner Alsterufer, which was transporting strategic supplies of wolfram from Japan to Nazi Germany.
 
Major General (Rtd) Ivan Schwarz was the President of the Free Czechoslovak Air Force Association, based in London. Until few years ago he travelled to Slovakia regularly and was welcomed as a distinguished guest to the Slovak Ministry of Defence on several occasions. As well as receiving numerous domestic and foreign military awards and decorations, he was the recipient of the Order of the White Double Cross, 3rd Class.

We honour his memory!

Author: MO SR - KOd, Photo: MO SR - Ivan Kelement - Date: 02.02.2018
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