This successful pilot was born on January 5, 1912 in Lansberg, Germany. After training as an electrician, he joined the Air Force and in the years 1930-1932 he graduated from the School for Professional Youth of the Air Force at VLU in Prostějov. He then served as a fighter in the 4th and 2nd Air Regiments. Here he flew on Avia Ba.33, Letov Š.20 and Š.31 and Škoda D.1 aircraft. Due to his excellent piloting skills, from 1934 until the occupation he worked as a flying pilot at the VTLÚ in Letňany.
At the beginning of October 1941, the Gestapo received guaranteed information: In Prague, in one of the Letna flats, a long-sought representative of our domestic resistance, prof. Vladimir Krajina is hiding. When they broke in, there was no sign of Krajina in the apartment, but they came across another important resistance fighter - Maj. Josef Jedlička. The Germans managed to prevent him from shooting himself, and they even forced him to testify. It was from him that they learned that he was to meet "Carp" the next day in Na Františku Street. This pseudonym did not hide anyone other than one of the most important representatives of the second set of the resistance organization Defense of the Nation, Colonel of General Staff Josef Churavý.