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 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.
Pilots discuss a sortie by the nose of a Hawker Hurricane Mk IIC of No. 224 Group RAF in north-eastern India, 1943.
Bristol Beaufighter Mk Xs of No. 404 Squadron RCAF based at Dallachy in Scotland, February 1945.
A Cecil Beaton photograph of the navigator working at his chart table in an RAF Stirling bomber, 1941.
Flight Sergeant J Morgan, the rear gunner of an Avro Lancaster of No. 630 Squadron RAF at East Kirkby, Lincolnshire, checks his guns before taking off on a night raid on the marshalling yards at Juvisy-sur-Orge, France, 18 April 1944.
North American Mustang Mark IIIs of No. 19 Squadron RAF based at Ford, Sussex, 21 April 1944.
Spitfire Mark VB, AD233 'ZD-F', being flown by the Commanding Officer of No.222 Squadron RAF, Squadron Leader Richard Milne, when based at North Weald, Essex.
Air Officer Commanding Malta, Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park, in the cockpit of his personal Supermarine Spitfire V before his ceremonial take-off at Malta's new aerodrome at Safi, May 1943.
Aircrews of No. 149 Squadron RAF approach a line of Vickers Wellington Mark IAs at Mildenhall, Suffolk for an early morning training sortie. The Squadron's operations at this time were directed mostly against German naval installations and shipping.
Flying Officer Neville Duke of No 92 (East India) Squadron with his Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, 1941. After the war, Neville Duke became one of Britain's leading test pilots and broke the World Air Speed Record in 1953
Alexandria : No. 230 Squadron RAF Sunderland Flying Boat Station. Portrait of an airman standing inside a Sunderland.
A view looking down on an aerodrome with a stream of pilots crossing the tarmac to reach their planes which stand in the distance. In the upper left a Lockheed Hudson is coming in to land.
Royal Air Force armourers check over the sixteen 250lb bombs before they are loaded into Short Stirling bomber N6101