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Army and RAF personnel refuelling and a Spitfire Mk V, Malta, 17 June 1942.

Army and RAF personnel refuelling and a Spitfire Mk V, Malta, 17 June 1942.

Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and , Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941 - Photo by Cecil Beaton. [IWM]

Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and , Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941 - Photo by Cecil Beaton. [IWM]

Major James Goodson (1921-May 1, 2014) destroyed 30 enemy aircraft, the third most for any American pilot. He survived the September 3, 1939 sinking of the unarmed British passenger ship SS Athenia, and he flew fighters as a member of an RAF Eagle Squadron made up of American volunteers before the U.S. entered the war. He later joined the U.S. Army Air Force. In June 1944, he was shot down and captured but escaped and made his way back to Allied lines. Note both his RAF and U.S. wings.

Major James Goodson (1921-May 1, 2014) destroyed 30 enemy aircraft, the third most for any American pilot. He survived the September 3, 1939 sinking of the unarmed British passenger ship SS Athenia, and he flew fighters as a member of an RAF Eagle Squadron made up of American volunteers before the U.S. entered the war. He later joined the U.S. Army Air Force. In June 1944, he was shot down and captured but escaped and made his way back to Allied lines. Note both his RAF and U.S. wings.

RAF Pilot - World War II

RAF Pilot - World War II

Luqa, Malta, July 1943: a line of Martin Baltimore Mark IVs of No. 223 Squadron RAF Detachment being refueled and loaded with bombs for a raid on enemy positions around Catania, Sicily

Luqa, Malta, July 1943: a line of Martin Baltimore Mark IVs of No. 223 Squadron RAF Detachment being refueled and loaded with bombs for a raid on enemy positions around Catania, Sicily

Pilots of RAF 601 Squadron - Battle of Britain - 1940

Pilots of RAF 601 Squadron - Battle of Britain - 1940

MAY 21 1942 Spitfire vs Messerschmitt 109 over Malta Denis Barnham in Spitfire Flight Lieutenant Dennis Barnham, flight commander of No. 601 Squadron RAF, in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB at Luqa, Malta, at a time when his victory tally was five enemy aircraft. Pilot Officer M H Le Bas looks on.

MAY 21 1942 Spitfire vs Messerschmitt 109 over Malta Denis Barnham in Spitfire Flight Lieutenant Dennis Barnham, flight commander of No. 601 Squadron RAF, in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB at Luqa, Malta, at a time when his victory tally was five enemy aircraft. Pilot Officer M H Le Bas looks on.

C: Flying Officer R. W. Stewart, a wireless operator on board an Avro Lancaster B Mark I of No. 57 Squadron RAF based at Scampton, Lincolnshire, speaking to the pilot from his position in front of the Marconi TR 1154/55 transmitter/receiver set. c.1942-43

C: Flying Officer R. W. Stewart, a wireless operator on board an Avro Lancaster B Mark I of No. 57 Squadron RAF based at Scampton, Lincolnshire, speaking to the pilot from his position in front of the Marconi TR 1154/55 transmitter/receiver set. c.1942-43

Group Captain Adolph 'Sailor' Malan - Spitfire Mk.IX - RAF 611. Squadron - Biggin Hill, Jan. '43 (this Spit. FY-F BS435, belonged to S/L Hugo 'Sinker' Armstrong)

Group Captain Adolph 'Sailor' Malan - Spitfire Mk.IX - RAF 611. Squadron - Biggin Hill, Jan. '43 (this Spit. FY-F BS435, belonged to S/L Hugo 'Sinker' Armstrong)

RAF Baltimore at Malta

RAF Baltimore at Malta

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