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16 Amazing Photos From The Battle Of Britain

  • 1. Hawker Hurricanes

    Hawker Hurricanes of No. 85 Squadron RAF, October 1940.
    Hawker Hurricanes of No. 85 Squadron RAF, October 1940.
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    Hawker Hurricanes of No. 85 Squadron, Royal Air Force (RAF) seen from below, October 1940.

  • 2. The scramble

    RAF pilots run to their aircraft.
    RAF pilots run to their aircraft.
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    RAF pilots run to their aircraft, 25 July 1940.

  • 3. Junkers Ju 87

    Bombs fall away from a German Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber.
    Bombs fall away from a German Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber.
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    Bombs fall away from a German Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber.

  • 4. Polish pilots

    Two airmen of the Polish Air Force Depot at RAF Blackpool receive training on the controls of an aircraft.
    Two airmen of the Polish Air Force Depot at RAF Blackpool receive training on the controls of an aircraft.
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    Two airmen of the Polish Air Force Depot at RAF Blackpool receive instruction on the controls of an aircraft during ground training at Squires Gate aerodrome, 27 August 1940.

  • 5. Downtime

    Spitfire pilots of No. 610 Squadron RAF relax between missions.
    Spitfire pilots of No. 610 Squadron RAF relax between missions.
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    Spitfire pilots of No. 610 Squadron RAF relax between missions at RAF Hawkinge in Kent, 29 July 1940.

  • 6. Captured

    A captured German bomber crewman drinks from a British soldier's water bottle.
    A captured German bomber crewman drinks from a British soldier's water bottle.
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    A captured German bomber crewman drinks from a British soldier's water bottle after baling out of his aircraft, 30 August 1940.

  • 7. Spitfires

    Supermarine Spitfire Mark Is of No. 610 Squadron RAF fly in formation.
    Supermarine Spitfire Mark Is of No. 610 Squadron RAF fly in formation.
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    Supermarine Spitfire Mark Is of No. 610 Squadron RAF fly in formation, 24 July 1940.

  • 8. Radar stations

    Airmen and Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) operators at work at an early warning radar station on the Isle of Wight.
    Airmen and Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) operators at work at an early warning radar station on the Isle of Wight.
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    Airmen and Women's Auxiliary Air Force (WAAF) operators at work in the receiver hut of the radar station at Ventnor, on the Isle of Wight, during the Battle of Britain.

  • 9. Dogfights

    A camera gun film still of tracer ammunition from an RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mark I hitting a German Heinkel He 111.
    A camera gun film still of tracer ammunition from an RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mark I hitting a German Heinkel He 111.
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    This camera gun film still shows tracer ammunition from an RAF Supermarine Spitfire Mark I, flown by Flight Lieutenant J H G McArthur, hitting a German Heinkel He 111. These aircraft were part of a large formation which attacked the Bristol Aeroplane Company's works at Filton, Bristol, just before noon on 25 September 1940.

  • 10. Dogs

    Sergeant Bohumil Furst is greeted by his squadron's mascot on returning to RAF Duxford after a mission.
    Sergeant Bohumil Furst is greeted by his squadron's mascot on returning to RAF Duxford after a mission.
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    Sergeant Bohumil Furst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron is greeted by the Squadron mascot on returning to RAF Duxford after a mission, 7 September 1940.

  • 11. Know your enemy

    An RAF airman examines the cockpit of a captured German Heinkel He 111.
    An RAF airman examines the cockpit of a captured German Heinkel He 111.
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    An RAF airman examines the cockpit of a captured German Heinkel He 111, 2 October 1940.

  • 12. Crashed

    Locals watch as troops and police inspect a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 which crash-landed in a field near Lewes, Sussex.
    Locals watch as troops and police inspect a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 which crash-landed in a field near Lewes, Sussex.
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    Locals watch as troops and police inspect a German Messerschmitt Bf 109 which crash-landed in a field near Lewes, Sussex. The pilot, Unteroffizier Leo Zaunbrecher, was captured.

  • 13. Chatting

    Squadron Leader Peter Townsend chats with groundcrew on his Hawker Hurricane at Wick, Scotland.
    Squadron Leader Peter Townsend chats with groundcrew on his Hawker Hurricane at Wick, Scotland.
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    Squadron Leader Peter Townsend chats with groundcrew sitting on his Hawker Hurricane at Wick, Scotland.

  • 14. Marking the sky

    Patterns of condensation trails left by British and German aircraft after a dogfight.
    Patterns of condensation trails left by British and German aircraft after a dogfight.
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    Patterns of condensation trails left by British and German aircraft after a dogfight, 18 September 1940.

  • 15. 'Mickey Mouse'

    A member of staff at a technical college removes the 'Mickey Mouse' staffel emblem a shot-down German Messerschmitt Bf 109.
    A member of staff at a technical college removes the 'Mickey Mouse' staffel emblem a shot-down German Messerschmitt Bf 109.
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    A member of staff at a technical college prepares to remove the 'Mickey Mouse' emblem from the rear fuselage of a shot-down German Messerschmitt Bf 109, 2 October 1940.

  • 16. A place to sit

    Schoolgirls sit on part of a Nazi bomber which crashed near their farmhouse.
    Schoolgirls sit on part of a Nazi bomber which crashed near their farmhouse.
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    Schoolgirls sit on part of a Nazi bomber which crashed near their farmhouse, 16 August 1940.