A ceremony marking the seventieth anniversary of the death of Lt. James E. Hoffman, Jr. was held last August 23 near Věžky, Czech Republic. Lt. Hoffman was a decorated P-51 pilot who was shot down August 22, 1944.
A monument to this American hero was erected in 1946. This year a photograph of Lt. Hoffman now adorns the monument.
Special thanks to Svatopluk “Svat” Vaculik who found the newspaper article about Lt. Hoffman and arranged for the photograph on Lt. Hoffman’s memorial. He also provided the photographs of the memorial service. For full details of the crash, including other pictures and newspaper accounts, see the excellent book by Jan Mahr.1
Did you or a family member serve in the Army Air Forces during World War II? Please contribute your own biography, or that of a loved one, to the Keep ‘em Flying memorial at the AAF Collection. Contact the curator for details.
- Jan Mahr, “VZPOMÍNKY NA NEZNÁMÉ LETCE” (Memories of the Unknown Airmen), vlastním nákladem autora vydalo Muzeum letecké bitvy nad Krušnohořím 11. 9. 1944 v Kovářské, 2011. http://www.museum119.cz. Chapter 5, Srpnové drama (The August Drama), pages 135-138 in particular.