The loss of valuable aircrew in the North Sea and Channel during the Battle of Britain in 1940 stimulated interest in various aspects of air-sea rescue, including airborne lifeboats,designed by the famous Uffa Fox, which could be dropped to aircrew in the sea.
The first airborne lifeboat, the Mk I, was introduced in 1943. It was followed by the Mk II lifeboat which was generally carried by a Vickers Warwick ASR I, which entered service in the summer of 1943.The Mk II lifeboat went into production in 1944 . It could carry up to 10 persons and its equipment and stores included radios , rations, drinking water, waterproof suits, medical equipment, charts, and emergency equipment.
The Battle of Britain was a major air campaign fought over southern England in the summer and autumn of 1940. Here are 8 things you need to know about one of Britain’s most important victories of the Second World War.