Returning to RAF North Weald from a patrol 10m out to sea over Dungeness, led by F/L Alexander C "Rags" Rabagliati on 5 December 1940, P/O Cecil R "Charlie" Young of No 46 Squadron RAF, pictured with dog Henry, was seen to go into an uncontrollable dive in Hurricane Mk I PO-B at 11.25hrs, crashing to his death at Daughton House near Wrotham. It is believed that the 20-year-old pilot's attacker was Oblt Kurt Ebersberger of JG26, who claimed a Hawker fighter destroyed near Rochester at the…
The Second World War, by Cecil Beaton: The film star photographer turned his lens to gritty reality with stunning effect
Group Captain Leonard Cheshire VC RAF, the British observer for the dropping of the second atom bomb on Nagasaki 9 August 1945 and the former commander of No 617 Squadron (Dambusters), Royal Air Force.
Donald James Matthew Blakeslee (September 11, 1917 – September 3, 2008) was an officer in the United States Air Force, whose career began as a pilot in the Royal Canadian Air Force and flew Spitfire fighter aircraft, during World War II. He then became a member of the Royal Air Force Eagle squadrons. He flew more combat missions against the Luftwaffe than any other American fighter pilot. He had 14.5 Aerial victories.
Richard John (Dickie) Cork DSO, DSC (4 April 1917 – 14 April 1944) was a fighter ace in the Fleet Air Arm of the Royal Navy during the Second World War. Cork, a naval officer, served in the Battle of Britain as the wingman for Douglas Bader in No. 242 Squadron Royal Air Force. He had 11 Aerial Victories.
P/O Keith R Gillman of No 32 Squadron RAF was the subject of a PICTURE POST magazine cover, published a week after his loss over the Channel on 25 August 1940. Photographed at RAF Hawkinge in late July, Gillman had joined the squadron on 10 May and had flown his first operational sortie on 7 June. With an Me 109 claimed on 19 July, the 19-year-old pilot failed to return from combat off Dover. He was the unit's first airman lost in the Battle of Britain.
August 1942 Flying a Grumman Wildcat fighter, US Marine Corps Capt…
Sgt John HB Burgess was posted to No 222 Squadron RAF at RAF Kirton-in-Lindsey on 29 July 1940 and claimed 2 enemy aircraft destroyed and 2 shared destroyed in September and October before making a force-landing on a dummy airfield at Lenham on 29 October, due to damage to the glycol system of Spitfire Mk I ZD-P.
Col. Edward O. McComas, 1919-1954. On December 23, 1944 LT. Col. McComas became an “Ace in a Day” by shooting down 5 Japanese planes on the same day, becoming the 4th highest scoring Ace and the only “Ace in a Day” in the 14th Air Force in China during World War II. During his 7 months of tour, McComas scored a total of 14 aerial kills, 4 planes destroyed on the ground and one Japanese destroyer he and his wingman sunk in Hong Kong harbor (19 total).