Supermarine Spitfire Mk VBs of No. 122 Squadron RAF take off from Hornchurch, Essex, for a fighter sweep over France, May 1942.
Groundcrew refuelling a Short Stirling Mk I of No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, 29 April 1942.
Supermarine Spitfire Mark Is of No. 610 Squadron based at Biggin Hill, flying in 'vic' formation, 24 July 1940.
Pilots of No. 303 (Polish) Squadron RAF with one of their Hawker Hurricanes, October 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.
A Douglas Dakota of BOAC at Gibraltar, silhouetted by searchlights on the Rock.
North American Mustang Mark IIIs of No. 19 Squadron RAF based at Ford, Sussex, 21 April 1944.
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 at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII of No. 155 Squadron about to take off from Tabingaung, Burma, January 1945.
Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, CO of No. 242 Squadron, seated on his Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, September 1940.
Pilots of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF in front of Hawker Hurricane Mk I at Duxford, Cambridgeshire, 7 September 1940.
A Short Sunderland Mk I of No. 10 Squadron RAAF, based at Oban in Scotland, August 1940.
Flight Lieutenant J Pattison of No. 485 Squadron RNZAF graphically recounts a combat to Squadron Leader 'Reg' Grant (left), and Flight Lieutenant R Baker (right), in front of a Spitfire at Westhampnett, 21 January 1943.
Short Stirling Mk III of the Empire Central Flying School about to land at Hullavington in Wiltshire, 2 December 1943.
Squadron Leader Douglas Bader with pilots of No. 242 Squadron in front of his Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, September 1940.
Squadron Leader H J L Hallowes, CO of No. 122 Squadron, with his Supermarine Spitfire Mk V at Scorton in Yorkshire, December 1941.
De Havilland Mosquito FB Mk VI of No. 487 Squadron RNZAF based at Hunsdon, Hertfordshire, 28 February 1944.
Pauline Gower, Commandant of the Air Transport Auxiliary Women's Section, waving from the cockpit of a de Havilland Tiger Moth at Hatfield, Hertfordshire, prior to a delivery flight, 10 January 1940.
Squadron Leader N G Pedley, the CO of No. 131 Squadron RAF, about to set out on a sweep in his Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB from Merston, a satellite airfield of Tangmere in Sussex, June 1942.
A Hawker Hurricane Mk I of No. 85 Squadron taxiing by the light of a flare at Debden, before taking off to intercept night raiders, 14 March 1941.
Short Stirling Mk IVs of Nos. 196 and 299 Squadrons RAF lining the runway at Keevil in Wiltshire, before emplaning paratroops of the 5th Parachute Brigade Group for the invasion of Normandy, 5 June 1944.