A young woman worker painting the fuselage roundel on a Mosquito aircraft at de Havilland's factory at Hatfield in Hertfordshire, 1943.
Wing Commander Ian "Widge" Gleed, leader of No. 244 Wing, in his Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB at an airfield in Tunisia, April 1943. Days later he was shot down and killed by Messerschmitt Bf 109s over Cape Bon.
A Supermarine Seafire Mk IIc of No. 885 Naval Air Squadron on the flight deck of HMS FORMIDABLE in the Mediterranean, December 1942.
A vertical aerial photograph taken during a raid on Berlin on the night of 2/3 September 1941. The broad wavy lines are the tracks of German searchlights and anti-aircraft fire.
Wing Commander J E 'Johnnie' Johnson, commanding No. 144 (Canadian) Wing, on the the wing of his Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX with his Labrador retriever Sally, at Bazenville, Normandy, 31 July 1944.
Ground crew overhaul the engine of a RAF Airspeed Oxford in a maintenance hanger, Britain, 1941
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A Royal Artillery searchlight monitors the night sky at the height of the Blitz, London, 1940
Cecil Beaton photograph of an RAF bomber crew being debriefed by the squadron intelligence officer on their return from a night raid over Germany, 1941.
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A Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1 of No. 19 Squadron RAF being re-armed between sorties at Fowlmere, near Duxford, September 1940.
A graphic line-up of all the personnel required to keep one Avro Lancaster of RAF Bomber Command flying on operations, taken at Scampton, Lincolnshire, 11 June 1942.