Josef František may not be a household name but his feats as a fighter pilot are legendary. Originally part of the Czechoslovak Air Force he transitioned the Royal Air Force as the Germany began their bombing raids. During the Battle of Britain, his plane of choice was the Hawker Hurricane a big step up from Bk-534 biplane he flew in the 40th fighter squadron at Prague.
František was not fond of taking orders and often broke away from squadrons to fight on his own. Superior officers disliked his tactics but he successfully scored 17 kills making him the top ace of the Battle of Britain. For his heroics, he was awarded the Distinguished Flying Medal but sadly he wouldn’t live long after he died in a crash while performing aerobatic stunts for his girlfriend.