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Iveta Irvingová was born in Prague during the normalisation to the family of the „enemy of the people“, major general Jan Roman Irving, member of the British Royal Air Force and his wife, a widow of another RAF member. Iveta’s father was born on the 7th of March in 1915 in a small village of Lisov near Stod, soon after, the family moved to Uherce. He went through his apprenticeship in the Skoda factory in Plzeň and from 1931, he studied at the Secondary Technical School in Plzeň. Jan Roman went through pilot training at the army school in Prostějov and he was assigned as a sergeant pilot to the first air force batallion in Kbely. After the German occupation on the 15th March of 1939, he and his colleagues left the country to join the resistance abroad. He joined the French air force first, later he was assigned to the 11th Czechoslovak Infantry Battalion – Eastern. Later, he got to the famous No 311 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF and from July 1944 on, he worked as a flight instructor on the Bahamas. On the 26th of August 1945, after having received many awards, he returned to his homeland and in 1946, he started flying for the Czechoslovak Airlines (ČSA). Soon after, he was fired from ČSA and imprisoned at the Ruzyne prison, for the second time, he was imprisoned in 1956. The family, into which Iveta was born, was under constant surveillance of the State Security and had to endure frequent house searches. As the daughter of a pilot who had served on the West, Iveta was bullied all her life from kindergarten to employment. As a skilled typist, she got a job in the Central of the Trade Unions. Her life was intertangled with that of her father: she participated in meetings of former pilots. She retyped samizdats, participated in counter-regime protests at the end of the 1980’s, during the demonstration on the 28th October of 1988 that took place in the centre of Prague, she was arrested and interrogated. After the death of her father, she has been keeping his memory alive, she has been organising various events and writing her memoir. In 2008, she fell victim of a car accident, she was hit by a careless driver when riding her motorcycle.