was fond of drawings same as the photography. When
we were researching Spitfire IX he pointed me to Paul Mon-
forton’s book which we bought directly from Paul and set on the
journey to research Canadian Spitfires. Without Peter we would
not have gone to meet Paul and see Canadian Spitfires.
MS volution“ (November 1989) he was mapping the types and
His big hobby were reinforced fortifications. Before „Re-
locations of the First Cechoslovak Republic’s fortifications. His excalmation „I smell concrete“ became famous. For our first trip to
Telford in 1999, which then took place in October and we travelled
by car there, he prepared so called „Continental Program“, tour of
the Hackenberg fort in Maginot Line with his exhausting commentary. This was coupled with beatiful sunny fall weather with trees
flashing all the possible colors. Just fantastic. Having crossed the
Channel visiting the Duxford, Cosford and Yeovilton museums was
always a must. It was his turf where he could deploy his photo
equipment and encyclopedic knowledge of the equipment on display.
were one of his passions. When I traveled with him
to England for the first time we made the obligatory stop at
Maginot Line. Another time, in Bratislava, he borrowed a car from
me and toured the fortifications and......??? in Petrzalka. Same in
England. He had enough of Telford in a day, left myself and another
colleague at the booth and set on the search for the fortifications
he stored in his navigation system. The navigation was another
of his loves. However without navigational devices he always got
lost. The only ability he was lacking was the situational awareness. I recall that once in Liberec while riding in the car, Peter
was consulting his navigation. The road was turning left and right,
navigation system was confused and Peter said: „ And now we
are going to see Jested. On the left“. The rest of the crew reacted
immediately“ „Jested is on the right!“
traveled together to the USA and Canada. He did not
search for the fortifications there however knew exactly
what museum can be located where and what airplanes can be
found in it. And because in America there is an interesting museum or at least an interesting airplane at almost every corner we
were kept entertained. He loved America. He appreciated its history and he shared most of the political opinions with American
he liked America and the American airplanes.
I remember one of his emails where he sent me the aeri-
al picture of Davis Monthan airbase featuring hundreds of stored
aircraft noting: „We better be friends with these guys“. His favourite airplanes were B-17, P-38, P-47 and above all P-51 Mustang.
I recall that for my every single inquiry he provided a picture,
copy from the parts manual or maintenance manual. His Prague
apartment was not only full of models but also a lot of references.
Perhaps there was a drawer left for his wife?
the US Army motorcades were crossing our country
towards Poland and Baltic States he drove his white cabriolet with 2 meters large US flag attached behind the seats.He
always said: „We need to be grateful to America, in 20th century
they saved Europe twice. But even though he loved America and
Americans he was a dedicated European, first and foremost. One
does not exclude the other. Peter was convinced that our place
is in the West and our safety is only guaranteed by EU and NATO
VS who in the history and on the current political scene. In the
Peter has always had very defined opinions about who is
pub, when we still could go there, we always had a topic to quarrel
about. For examble about Masin brothers, Russians and Americans. In the essence we agreed with each other but rarely when
it came to details.
MS definitely not a leftist. One cannot be surprised conside-
Regarding Masin brothers we were in agreement. He was
ring how the Communist State after 1948 treated his family.
INFO Eduard - June 2021