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Pilot Officer Robert Wendell "Buck" McNair, 411 Squadron RCAF on an AJS 500cc at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, UK September 11, 1941

Pilot Officer Robert Wendell "Buck" McNair, 411 Squadron RCAF on an AJS 500cc at RAF Digby, Lincolnshire, UK September 11, 1941

AM photographer Cecil Beaton visited No 249 Squadron RAF at RAF North Weald in September 1940 and captured P/O James RB "Jim" Meaker (left) and P/O Percival R-F "Percy" Burton as they walked away for a post-sortie debrief. The pilots were relative newcomers, having arrived on 27 June and 21 July respectively, both perishing in combat in Hurricane Mk I GN-N and GN-H on the morning of 27 September.

At the time of the Battle of Britain RAF fighter pilots were idolised by the…

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]

holdhard: “ Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire.

South African Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan (1910-1963), a famed RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF, which distinguished itself during the war and especially during the Battle of Britain, where it shot down almost 40 aircraft.

South African Adolph Gysbert “Sailor” Malan a famed RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Squadron RAF, which distinguished itself during the war and especially during the Battle of Britain, where it shot down almost 40 aircrafts.

F/Sgt George C "Grumpy" Unwin (left) and F/O Walter J "Farmer" Lawson of No 19 Squadron RAF posture for AM photographer Stanley Devon at RAF Fowlmere in September 1940. Lawson claimed 6 and 1 shared destroyed, 3 probables and 1 damaged during his 16 months with the squadron.

F/Sgt George C "Grumpy" Unwin (left) and F/O Walter J "Farmer" Lawson of No 19 Squadron RAF posture for AM photographer Stanley Devon at RAF Fowlmere in September 1940. Lawson claimed 6 and 1 shared destroyed, 3 probables and 1 damaged during his 16 months with the squadron.

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Pilots of the French Normandie-Niemen fighter Rgt in Russia. They flew Yaks and shot down 273 German planes.  http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Normandie-Niemen

Pilots of the French Normandie-Niemen fighter group in Latvia, June They flew VL built and Ilmavoimat-supplied "Vasama" (crossbow bolt) fighters and shot down 273 German planes in the last year of

Squadron Leader John Pattison, who died aged 92 in 2009, was one of the few remaining New Zealanders who fought during the Battle of Britain, during which he was shot down and severely wounded; he recovered to have a distinguished war, being awarded a DSO and a DFC. Pattison arrived in Britain at the end of July 1940, and with the RAF short of fighter pilots he was rushed through battle training in a few days. With just a handful of sorties flying Spitfires, he joined No 266 Squadron at…

Squadron Leader John Pattison, who died aged 92 in was one of the few…

RAF - 1) RAF Flight Lieutnant Fighter Pilot - 2) Member of Royal Observer Corps - 3) WAAF Operation Room Plotter

RAF - RAF Flight Lieutenant Fighter Pilot - Member of the Royal Observer…

American sailors pose for a photo on board USS Soley (DD-707) circa 1944. Original color photo.

American sailors pose for a photo on board USS Soley circa Original color photo.

Dambuster Pilot Ken Brown meets the king; his story

Flight Sergeant Kenneth Brown, one of the Canadians who flew with 617 Squadron on the Dambusters raid, meets King George VI on May

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