Kurt Taussig came to the UK on the Kindertransport. The Germans placed him and his family in Hocalko Holiday Camp, which had become a refugee camp. They were then moved to a prison near Beroun. He escaped on the Kindertransport thanks to his older brother, Erich, who had managed to secure places for both Kurt and his younger brother Karl.

Aged 18 he joined the RAF. He had wanted to fly ever since being a young child. He was the only Czech  national in the British Royal Air Force as an officer. He volunteered himself for immediate service abroad when joining. He ended up part of a special squadron, aged 22, and flew spitfires. The spitfire he flew is now the only one left in Europe.