A plan revealed too early
In September 1948, Karel Bažant along with two seasoned pilots (veterans of WWII) named Miroslav Kolínský and Bohuslav Velvarský, as well as the mechanic Otto Lenz made plans to escape to England. They wanted to use the airplanes from the airport in Karlovy Vary, where Karel Bažant worked as a member of the air force guard of the SNB. It appeared to be an easy undertaking: “It was much easier in Karlovy Vary than anywhere else. I was alone in the airport on my night shift. There was nobody there other than me. I had the keys for everything. It was the ideal situation for an undertaking like this. The plan was to take both of the storks, [the airplane Fieseler Fi 156 Storch], that were there. We could also have taken the pipers, [the airplane Piper Cub], in case that there had been more people interested in fleeing. It was all ours; there was nobody else there but us. I had even oiled the hangar door in advance in order to make it possible for a single man to open them.” D-day was planned for September 25, 1948. However, their plan to escape and join the British army didn’t materialize in the end because it was revealed about a week before the escape due to an unfortunate coincidence. Karel Bažant was the only one who was arrested, and the others were warned in due time. Luckily, there was a happy ending for Karel Bažant because the only witness of the prosecution collapsed in the course of the trial and Karel Bažant therefore had to be freed.