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  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BOMBER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: BOMBER COMMAND

    part of "BRITISH AIRCRAFT OF THE PERIOD 1939-1945" (photographs) Made by: Royal Air Force official photographer

    MH 5773

    North American B-25B Mitchell Mk I, FK161, the first Mitchell to be delivered to RAF Bomber Command, summer 1942.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

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

    HU 91252

    Lockheed Hudson bombers of No 407 'Demon' Squadron, the first Canadian squadron in Coastal Command, lined up at North Coates, 2 November 1941. Aircrew and ground staff gather around a YMCA tea car for 'char and a wad'. Note the pigeon...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    part of "Air Ministry" (photographs)

    MH 5171

    The first production Blackburn Botha, L6104, at the time of its maiden flight in December 1938. The Botha was a product of the RAF's expansion and re-equipment programme in the late 1930s and was designed to replace the Avro Anson and the Vickers...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 27463

    A No 174 Squadron Typhoon in a sorry state at Volkel. This aircraft, bearing fuselage codes XP-P, is believed to have been hit by flak on 22 February, and was wrecked on return to base. Note the wing armament access panels hanging open, and the No 274...

  • ANIMALS AT WAR: THE LIFE OF DICKIN MEDAL WINNER JUDY, 'THE CANINE VC'

    ANIMALS AT WAR: THE LIFE OF DICKIN MEDAL WINNER JUDY, 'THE CANINE VC'

    part of "OLIVER A C W (MR)" (photographs)

    HU 43993

    A portrait of HMS GRASSHOPPER. Judy the pointer was mascot of this ship.

  • ADOLF HITLER 1889-1945

    ADOLF HITLER 1889-1945

    part of "IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM PHOTOGRAPH ARCHIVE COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 13363

    The Second World War 1939-1945: Hitler addressing his comrades in the Burgerbrau beer hall in Munich. Shortly after he left the hall a bomb exploded.

  • CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Beaton, Cecil

    IB 4336C

    China 1944: Two Chinese soldiers wearing gas masks at Pihu Military Training Centre in south eastern China.

  • COASTAL DEFENCE GUNS

    COASTAL DEFENCE GUNS

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

    H 741

    Fixed defences at Felixstow. 9.2" coastal defence guns.

  • Air Vice-Marshal R Graham, CB, CBE, DSO, DSC, DFC

    Air Vice-Marshal R Graham, CB, CBE, DSO, DSC, DFC

    (art) Made by: Dugdale, Thomas Cantrell

    Art.IWM ART LD 5574

    image: A half length portrait of Graham in full uniform, seated and looking straight ahead.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM FILM FRAMES COLLECTION" (photographs)

    IWM FLM 1455

    With its rocket rails empty, a No 175 Squadron Typhoon taxies between the trees at Le Fresne-Camilly (B-5) after returning from a close-support sortie, 1 August 1944. By this date communications with the ground forces had been improved, and standing...

  • 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 1452

    Dutch labourers use bricks to create a dispersal point at Volkel (B-80), 24 October 1944. In the background a No 274 Squadron Tempest (EJ714/JJ-W) taxies out for another defensive air patrol over the battlefront. Volkel was home to No 122 Wing until...

  • SS BREMEN

    SS BREMEN

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

    C 1876

    This image was taken by a reconnaissance aircraft of Bomber Command and show the Atlantic Liner SS BREMEN after her disastrous fire at her dock in Bremerhaven. The image shows smoke pouring from BREMEN'S bow and stern, while amidships she appears to...

  • CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY: THE SECOND WORLD WAR

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

    H 29838

    Various chemical warfare photographs taken for WS9. Bulk contamination vehicle.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    part of "MINISTRY OF SUPPLY" (photographs)

    MH 2985

    The Short Rangoon, a military version of the civilian Calcutta used by Imperial Airways, circa 1936.

  • ADOLF HITLER IN 1941

    ADOLF HITLER IN 1941

    part of "GROSS DEUTSCHLAND IM WELTGESCHEHEN: TAGESBILDBERICHTE (HEINRICH HOFFMANN)" (photographs) Made by: Hoffmann, Heinrich (Photographer)

    HU 39455

    At the Obersalzberg, Adolf Hitler, accompanied by Reich Foreign Minister von Ribbentrop, receives the Prime Minister Zwetkowitsch of Yugoslavia for talks in February 1941.

  • Italian officer's sword, with scabbard

    Italian officer's sword, with scabbard

    (Weapons and ammunition)

    WEA 1183/1

    This sword was taken from the wall of an Italian officer's mess in Tripoli by British troops, at the time of that city's capture in January 1943. It was later donated to the museum by the former commanding officer of 22nd Anti-Aircraft Brigade...

  • NORTH CARIBBEAN ARMED FORCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    NORTH CARIBBEAN ARMED FORCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 4785

    The Governor, Sir Arthur Richards, takes the salute as the Jamaica Infantry Volunteers march past at Kingston, Jamaica.

  • 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.

  • CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Beaton, Cecil

    IB 1793

    India 1944: A Bengali boy seated at his spinning wheel, his thread catching the sunlight.

  • CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

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

    H 3427

    The Second World War: Decontamination procedures. A vehicle sprayed with gas by enemy aircraft is cleaned. This was a demonstration involving the 6th Battalion, East Surrey Regiment near Chichester, Sussex.

  • 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 "WILLIS M COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 23662

    The result of a minor mishap suffered by Typhoon JR328/JX-X of No 1 Squadron at Martlesham Heath, 6 March 1944. The aircraft's brakes failed on landing and its pilot was forced to swerve sharply to miss a parked vehicle.

  • NAZI PERSONALITIES

    NAZI PERSONALITIES

    part of "FOREIGN OFFICE COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 6101

    Dr Fritz Todt (1891 - 1942): Formal portrait of Todt, founder of the Todt Organisation and Armaments' Minister.

  • CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    CHEMICAL WARFARE IN THE TWENTIETH CENTURY

    part of "IMPERIAL WAR MUSEUM POSTER COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 6713

    The Second World War: "Gas Helmets For Infants Under 2 Years". Poster issued by Westminster City Council in August 1939.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: FIGHTER COMMAND

    part of "COMBINED OPERATIONS 1941 - 1942" (photographs)

    HU 88314

    Group Captain Charles Appleton (centre), Station Commander at Tangmere, flanked by some of the wing leaders and squadron commanders who flew on the Dieppe Raid. On the left, Wing Commander 'Johnnie' Walker (Tangmere Wing) and 'Pat'...

  • THE AUXILIARY TERRITORIAL SERVICE IN TRINIDAD, 1945

    THE AUXILIARY TERRITORIAL SERVICE IN TRINIDAD, 1945

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 8832

    A group of ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) clerks at work in the storeroom of the Trinidad Base Command, Port of Spain, Trinidad in 1945.

  • CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    CECIL BEATON PHOTOGRAPHS: GENERAL

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Beaton, Cecil

    IB 3342C

    China 1944: A temple boy moves his hands over an ancient bronze bowl to make it "sing" and spray water.

  • NAZI PERSONALITIES

    NAZI PERSONALITIES

    part of "FOREIGN OFFICE POLITICAL INTELLIGENCE DEPARTMENT (PID) SECOND WORLD WAR PHOTOGRAPH LIBRARY: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    MH 2104

    Generaloberst Erich von Manstein (1887 - 1973): von Manstein with other officers of his staff outside Sevastopol.

  • CARIBBEAN ARMED FORCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    CARIBBEAN ARMED FORCES DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 7396

    During 'Soldier Week', when a welfare fund was launched for West Indian troops serving overseas, troops of the South Caribbean Force are seen marching along Queen Street, Port of Spain, Trinidad.

  • CIVIL DEFENCE IN THE CARIBBEAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    CIVIL DEFENCE IN THE CARIBBEAN DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 9005

    Colonel Stanley, Secretary of State for the Colonies, inspecting the Guard of Honour comprised of men of the Kingston Fire Brigade during his visit to Jamaica in January 1945.

  • WINSTON CHURCHILL AS PRIME MINISTER 1940-1945

    WINSTON CHURCHILL AS PRIME MINISTER 1940-1945

    part of "AMERICAN (US) EMBASSY SECOND WORLD WAR PHOTOGRAPH LIBRARY: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    NYP 45063

    Winston Churchill: half length portrait.

  • THE AUXILIARY TERRITORIAL SERVICE IN TRINIDAD, 1945

    THE AUXILIARY TERRITORIAL SERVICE IN TRINIDAD, 1945

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs)

    K 8829

    An inside view of the ATS (Auxiliary Territorial Service) Library at the St James Depot, Port of Spain, Trinidad. Two librarians are at work. The bag at the bottom left of the picture contains magazines and other literature for troops.

  • 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.

  • PICTURES FROM THE WESTERN DESERT

    PICTURES FROM THE WESTERN DESERT

    part of "WAR OFFICE SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: No 1 Army Film & Photographic Unit

    E 1434

    A British gun boat from China waters with a shallow draught, crept along the coast and entered Bardia harbour. The shore batteries of the Italians could not depress low enough to shoot at her when her presence in the harbour was discovered. She sank...

  • DEFENCES OFF THE EAST COAST

    DEFENCES OFF THE EAST COAST

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

    H 2336

    A 6" battery in action with men of the Royal Scots Fusiliers protecting the cliffs. This particular image shows the men on guard near the gun.

  • THE POLISH AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, 1940-1947

    THE POLISH AIR FORCE IN BRITAIN, 1940-1947

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR CENSORSHIP BUREAU LIBRARY OF PRESS PHOTOGRAPHS: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: Polish official photographer 1944-06-15

    HU 86314

    Ground staff re-arm a Mustang III of No. 315 Polish Fighter Squadron at Coolham, 15 June 1944. The squadron had converted to Mustangs in March, and formed part of No. 133 Wing in the 2nd TAF. Its staple fare of long-range sweeps, bomber escorts and dive-...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

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

    ATP 9767B

    Liberator I AM910 during tests at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment (A&AEE) at Boscombe Down in Wiltshire, July 1941.

  • THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    THE ROYAL NEW ZEALAND NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "NEW ZEALAND SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: New Zealand official photographer

    NZ 636

    A gunner of the Royal New Zealand Navy stands in position during gun drill aboard a minesweeper. This ship is carrying out minesweeping duties around the coast of New Zealand.

  • THE NEW ZEALAND MERCHANT NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    THE NEW ZEALAND MERCHANT NAVY DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "NEW ZEALAND SECOND WORLD WAR OFFICIAL COLLECTION" (photographs) Made by: New Zealand official photographer

    NZ 827

    A head and shoulders portrait of a rating of the New Zealand Merchant Navy.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE: 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE: 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    part of "MINISTRY OF INFORMATION SECOND WORLD WAR PRESS AGENCY PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    HU 91239

    Sunderland N9021/KG-G of No 204 Squadron, moored at Mount Batten, Plymouth, in early 1940.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

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

    CS 175

    U-boats were not the only threat to the convoys in northern latitudes. A watch had to be kept on the Arctic pack-ice, the extent and composition of which varied depending on the time of year. To this end No 269 Squadron in Iceland flew regular 'ice...

  • THE ROYAL NAVAL SERVICE OF PETTY OFFICER J H ARGENT

    THE ROYAL NAVAL SERVICE OF PETTY OFFICER J H ARGENT

    (photographs)

    IWM DOC 745

    A full-length portrait of J H Argent as a newly promoted Petty Officer, on board a Royal Navy vessel, possibly the destroyer HMS SPEEDWELL. Argent served on HMS SPEEDWELL during the evacuation of Dunkirk but was later killed in action whilst serving on...

  • 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 86315

    A Hurricane IIB of No 79 Squadron refuelling at Fairwood Common, Swansea, 15 September 1941.

  • THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1919-1939

    THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1919-1939

    part of "THE ROYAL AIR FORCE INTER-WAR AND DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR" (photographs)

    HU 26040

    Gloster Gauntlets of No 19 Squadron at the RAF Review at Mildenhall, July 1935.

  • 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...

  • THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1919-1939

    THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1919-1939

    part of "BIRCH M R (MRS)" (photographs)

    HU 3664

    Hawker Furies of No 25 Squadron, 1935.

  • THE FREE FRENCH DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    THE FREE FRENCH DURING THE SECOND WORLD WAR

    part of "AMERICAN (US) EMBASSY SECOND WORLD WAR PHOTOGRAPH LIBRARY: CLASSIFIED PRINT COLLECTION" (photographs)

    TA 12727

    General de Gaulle in uniform at his desk.

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    part of "HUNT L" (photographs)

    MH 7655

    This No 42 Squadron Beaufort crew (L9939/AW-W) became the centre of attention after a successful torpedo strike on the heavy cruiser LUTZOW on the night of 12/13 June 1941. Seen in this image is Flight Sergeant Ray Loveitt (second from left) with his...

  • ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

    ROYAL AIR FORCE 1939-1945: COASTAL COMMAND

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

    HU 81248

    Ground crew re-arm a No 489 Squadron 'Torbeau' at Langham in Norfolk, June-July 1944. This RNZAF Beaufighter squadron usually flew alongside neighbouring No 455 Squadron RAAF on anti-shipping strikes, the latter acting in the anti-flak role.

  • 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

    CE 106

    Flight Lieutenant M Cybulski (left) and Flying Officer H Ladbrook of No 410 Squadron, RCAF, with their severely charred Mosquito II at Coleby Grange, 27 September 1943. On an intruder sortie over the Netherlands the previous night the pair had attacked a...

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