Brašna in their book “Psohlavci letectva” (Air Force Guardians)
published by Svět křídel (World of wings). Fiedler must have
known about a year-old case when Václav Bartoš, also a pilot
from 5th Fighter Regiment based in Líně did not shoot down
a German helicopter which intruded the Czechoslovak airspace.
During the investigation he supposedly stated that he was not
going to watch people falling off the helicopter. He was discharged from the Army with immediate effect.
So, the warning shots captain Fiedler fired missed the target
which by Bezák’s judgement demonstrated the pilot‘s poor skills.
He continued maneuvering and flying in a westerly direction.
Fiedler reported that the target did not react to the warning
shots either and then he heard in his headphones something he
for sure did not want to hear. The order to shoot the target down.
Earlier he had reported multiple passengers on board, including
children. Also, people on the ground knew already who was on
board and this information may have reached Fiedler as well.
What was going through the mind of this pilot who was a father
himself will never be fully discovered. The fact is that neither
the second burst hit the escaping Trener which consequently hid
in the low layer of clouds. Fiedler reported the outcome and
was ordered to return to the base. After 1989 the whole series of
articles were published glorifying Bezák’s airmanship thanks to
which he “defeated” the much faster jet fighter. But the truth
could have been quite different… Of course Bezák was keeping
his opinion. During one interview he put even more oil into the
fire: “I recognized his flying skills were not up to the speed, he
was unable to follow the trajectory of my aircraft. When he
fired for the first time, I made a ninety degrees banking turn. At
the speed Mig was flying he needed three minutes to turn around
and settle himself again into the firing position. I was evading
him flying sharp turns. He did not hit me. No wonder – as I learned later his latest combat training took place 10 years ago and
I already knew from my own experience from seven months long
military service these pilots typically logged only forty hours
per year” (Bezák served with military as a cadet at 1st Fighter
Squadron in České Budějovice in the role of squadron´s leader
adjutant; author’s note). Of course, it was unthinkable for an
Air Defense system pilot not to have flown combat training for
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Strange hit marks
After several years Karel Fiedler supposedly confessed to one
of his comrades that at the moment the target disappeared in
the clouds, he was relieved. Allegedly he shared with another
one that he missed on purpose. Also Miroslav Irra mentions this
in his book “Vysoká modrá zeď – ohlédnutí druhé” (The tall blue
wall – the second hindsight) published by Jakab: “Whether capt.
Fiedler did not obey orders on purpose or did not act due to
other circumstances remains inconclusive even though after
1989 he should have confirmed he did not want to shoot Bezák
down.” Radek Folprecht wrote along those lines as well in his
article published in iDnes.cz (Technet section). There could not
have been any “post-revolution” Fiedler’s confessions because
he passed away on December 13, 1986, six days short of an exact
fifteen’s anniversary of his “dogfight” with Bezak… Supposedly he never spoke to anyone about his fateful scramble flight.
Independently this was confirmed to the author by three of his
former comrades and his wife Marta Fiedler.
According to some sources Bezák supposedly seated his two
older sons in the luggage space behind the pilot‘s rear seat
headrest while two younger sons were to sit on his wife’s lap
in the front. Question is if two six-year old boys would fit into
the so-called “coffin” i.e. the Trener’s sheet metal luggage compartment behind rear seat under the ridge. Other sources state
that Bezák put one son behind his seat, another one squatted
under the rear instrument panel. Regardless of Bezák’s family layout on board no one got harmed during the interceptor
attack. Bezák successfully navigated his Trener to the Nürnberg
airport where he landed and applied for political asylum for the
Then the media campaign started in Germany. Several articles
were published about Bezák and his family and he also appeared on television. “After landing in West Germany Bezák was
showing on television the hit marks on the fuselage (we watched
it, we could get a good signal in Líně) in the area where his sons
The front double page of the article on Bezák and his escape. The photo is staged, in reality Bezák and his family did
not fly like this.