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  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR CENSORSHIP BUREAU LIBRARY OF PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 86316

    A Luftwaffe NCO notes the identity of Spitfire VB W3824/ DV-F, now residing in a salvage yard somewhere in northern France, 18 November 1941. The No 129 Squadron aircraft was shot down on 27 September 1941 during Circus No 103 and its pilot captured.

  • SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE IX AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1944

    SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE IX AIRCRAFT IN SERVICE WITH THE ROYAL AIR FORCE, 1944

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR CENSORSHIP BUREAU LIBRARY OF PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 86321

    No. 126 Squadron line-up at Bradwell Bay on 11 December 1944, when six Spitfire IXs were ceremoniously presented to the RAF on behalf of the Persian Gulf Spitfire Fund. Squadron Leader J.A. 'Johnny' Plagis introduces members of his squadron to...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR CENSORSHIP BUREAU LIBRARY OF PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 87412

    Spitfires of No 610 Squadron land over the western end of 'The Bump', as Biggin Hill airfield was known, July 1940.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "ROYAL AIR FORCE AIRCRAFT 1941-1959: ATP COLLECTION (GSA 325)" (photographs)

    ATP 13611 C

    The Spitfire's trademark elliptical wing was substantially changed in the Mk 21, a major redesign of the aircraft, and the last variant to see operational service (with No 91 Squadron) before the end of the war. The Mk 22 and the final Mk 24 were...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE: 2ND TACTICAL AIR FORCE, 1943-1945.

    ROYAL AIR FORCE: 2ND TACTICAL AIR FORCE, 1943-1945.

    part of "IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Australian official photographer

    MH 6847

    Supermarine Spitfire Mark IXBs of No 453 Squadron RAAF on the ground at Ford, Sussex.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "AIR MINISTRY SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Royal Air Force official photographer

    CL 88

    The first Spitfires in France. Mk IXs of No 144 Wing at Ste Croix-sur-Mer (B-3) on the afternoon of 10 June 1944, the day the airstrip became operational. All Allied landing strips and captured airfields on the Continent were assigned a code number, a...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: War Office official photographer

    H 11650

    The Prime Minister of New Zealand, the Rt Hon Peter Frazer, climbs from the cockpit of a No 92 Squadron Spitfire VB at Biggin Hill on the evening of 11 July 1941, during his whistle-stop tour of South Eastern Command.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "AIR MINISTRY SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Royal Air Force official photographer

    C 3007

    The Focke-Wulf FW190A was arguably the best fighter in the world in the summer of 1942, but it was not invincible. This one's demise was captured by the gun camera of an attacking Spitfire over France in July 1942. Another Spitfire can be seen in...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR CENSORSHIP BUREAU LIBRARY OF PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 87561

    Squadron Leader Don Kingaby, commanding No 122 (Bombay) Squadron, seated in the cockpit of his Spitfire IX at Hornchurch, 11 March 1943. His aircraft bears the squadron's emblem, a leopard on a blue star, as well as an impressive tally of 22 kills,...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "130 SQUADRON ROYAL AIR FORCE" (photographs)

    HU 64362

    Spitfires of 'B' Flight, No 130 Squadron, dispersed at Ballyhalbert, Northern Ireland, April/May 1943. The Spitfire V in the foreground was the usual mount of French pilot Lieutenant Jacques Andrieuz, who had claimed his first confirmed kill -...

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