Lieut Virgil Paul Kirkham

Photo added by Linda Kirkham Herman

Lieut Virgil Paul Kirkham

  • Birth 27 Nov 1924 Ohio, USA
  • Death 30 Apr 1945 Plzen, Okres Plzen-mesto, Plzensky (Plzen), Czech Republic
  • Burial Plzen, Okres Plzen-mesto, Plzensky (Plzen), Czech Republic
  • Memorial ID 56860991

This is the crash site of Lt. Virgil P. Kirkham, the last recorded American USAAF pilot killed in Europe during WWII. It was Lt. Kirkham's 82nd mission and one that he volunteered to go on.

At the time this 20 year old pilot's P-47 Thunderbolt plane was shot down, a young 14 year old Czech girl, Zdenky Sladkove, was so moved by his sacrifice she made a vow to care for him and his memory.

For 65 straight years , Zdenky, now 79 years old, took on the responsibility to care for Virgil's crash site and memorial near her home.

On May 4th, 2010, she was recognized by the Mayor of Zdenky's home town of Trhanova, Czech Republic, for her sacrifice and extraordinary effort to honor this American hero.


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  • Created by: Cemetery Shopper
  • Added: 9 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56860991
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Lieut Virgil Paul Kirkham (27 Nov 1924–30 Apr 1945), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56860991, citing Virgil Kirkham Memorial Site, Plzen, Okres Plzen-mesto, Plzensky (Plzen), Czech Republic ; Maintained by Cemetery Shopper (contributor 47276359) .