Operation Outdistance

'Outdistance' was a British special forces liaison mission to parachute a three-man team into the Telc area of German-occupied Czechoslovakia to plant a 'Rebecca' homing beacon (27/28 March 1942).

The three men were Adolf Opálka, Karel Čurda and Ivan Kolařík, and these were parachuted from an adapted Handley Page Halifax heavy bomber in the early morning of 28 March. The tasks entrusted to the three-man party were to sabotage a gasworks in Prague, provide radio sets to other resistance fighter groups, and install the radio navigation beacon so that British bombers could effectively attack the Skoda armament factory in Pilsen.

As a result of a navigational error, the three Czechoslovaks did not land at the intended site and, having lost a significant amount of their equipment, decided to separate and operate individually. Kolařík committed suicide on 1 April after he had been betrayed in an effort to protect the members of his family against reprisals. Opálka and Čurda travelled to Prague and joined 'Anthropoid', a group preparing to assassinate Reinhard Heydrich. The assassination was successful, but Čurda revealed information that led to the Gestapo’s discovery of the assassination team in the Church of St Cyril and St Methodius in Prague. After a fierce firefight in and around the church, Opálka and others were killed in combat or committed suicide rather than be caught.

After the war, Čurda was captured and hanged for treason at Pankrác prison on 29 April 1947.