Avro Lancaster B Mk I (Special) of No. 617 Squadron, loaded with a 'Grand Slam' 22,000-lb deep-penetration bomb, running up its engines at Woodhall Spa, Lincolnshire, 1944.
A Supermarine Spitfire Mk VC of No. 249 Squadron RAF in flight over Egypt, 1942.
A practice 'Upkeep' weapon attached to the bomb bay of Wing Commander Guy Gibson's Avro Lancaster of No. 617 Squadron at Manston, while conducting dropping trials for the Dams Raid off Reculver, May 1943.
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.
Air Vice Marshal Sir Keith Park, commanding the RAF squadrons on Malta, climbs away in his own personal Supermarine Spitfire Mk V, after a ceremony to mark the opening of Malta's new airfield at Safi, May 1943.
Hawker Hurricane Mark IID 'tank busters' of No. 6 Squadron about to take off from Gabes in Tunisia, 6 April 1943.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC during King George VI's visit to No. 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) at RAF Scampton, 27 May 1943.
A Boeing Flying Fortress Mk IIA of No. 220 Squadron RAF, based at Benbecula in the Outer Hebrides, May 1943.
Avro Lancaster aircraft under construction at the A V Roe & Co Ltd factory at Woodford in Cheshire, 1943.
Wing Commander Guy Gibson VC, Commanding Officer of No. 617 Squadron (The Dambusters) at Scampton, 22 July 1943.
BE2c, two-seat reconnaissance aircraft, used by the Royal Flying Corps (RFC) during the First World War.
Short Stirling Mk I of No. 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit at Waterbeach in Cambridgeshire, 1942.
Avro Lancaster bombers nearing completion at the A V Roe & Co Ltd factory at Woodford in Cheshire, 1943.
Avro Lancaster Mk I R5740/`KM-O' of No. 44 Squadron at Waddington in Lincolnshire, 29 September 1942. At the controls is Squadron Leader Pat Burnett, 'B' Flight Commander.
A relaxed portrait of a corporal of the Royal Air Force as he stands under the port engine of Consolidated Liberator Mark II, AL511 'A', of No. 108 Squadron RAF at Fayid, Egypt. This aircraft is decorated with 'Dumbo' nose art.
An airman stands guard in the snow at Betheniville, framed by the camouflage netting on the wing of a Bristol Blenheim Mark IV of No. 139 Squadron RAF.
Two gunners in Short Sunderland Mark I, N9027, of No 210 Squadron RAF based at Oban, Argyll, sit at their positions with .303 Vickers K-type machine guns, mounted in the upper fuselage hatches.
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.