Kurt came to the UK on the Kindertransport. Prior to that the Germans placed him and his family in Hocalko Holiday Camp, using it as a refugee camp. They were then moved to a prison near Beroun. Later aged 18 in England Kurt joined the RAF. He was the only Czech national officer in the British Royal Air Force. Having volunteered to work abroad, he joined a special squadron, aged 22. The spitfire he flew is now the only one left in Europe.