1. Hawker Hurricanes

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


2. The scramble

Operations: Pilots seen running to their aircraft.
Audio: Harold Bird-Wilson interview © IWM (IWM SR 10093).

Operations: Pilots seen running to their aircraft.


3. Junkers Ju 87

Bombs falling away from a Junkers Ju-87 Stuka dive-bomber. The photograph appears to have been taken from a following aircraft.
Audio: William David interview © IWM (IWM SR 10092).

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 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 relaxing between sorties at 'A' Flight dispersal at Hawkinge, 29 July 1940.
Audio: Denys Gillam interview © IWM (IWM SR 10049).

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


6. Captured

Surrounded by his captors, a Luftwaffe bomber crewman is given a drink of water from a British soldier's water bottle, after baling out of his aircraft. Caption dated 30 August 1940.
Audio: Ronald ‘Ras’ Berry interview © IWM (IWM SR 11475).

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, 24 July 1940.


8. Radar stations

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

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 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, 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. The pilot, Unteroffizier Leo Zaunbrecher, was captured.


13. Chatting

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, 18 September 1940.


15. 'Mickey Mouse'

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, 16 August 1940.

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