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Background imageMission Collection: Members of 617 squadron toast Wing Commander Guy Gibson

Members of 617 squadron toast Wing Commander Guy Gibson and Mrs Gibson after the investiture. June 22nd 1943

Background imageMission Collection: Air correspondents of London newspapers visit Royal Air Force Commands in North Africa

Air correspondents of London newspapers visit Royal Air Force Commands in North Africa. Picture (issued 1943) shows - A group of air correspondents with R.A.F

Background imageMission Collection: Tankmen of the Canadian Army rest by their Sherman tanks after the tank battle which took

Tankmen of the Canadian Army rest by their Sherman tanks after the tank battle which took place between the Hitler Line and Gustav Line on the Italian Front battlefield

Background imageMission Collection: Sergeant S. W. Loader of New Barnet climbs into his Spitfire to join a Channel sweep

Sergeant S. W. Loader of New Barnet climbs into his Spitfire to join a Channel sweep
Sergeant S.W. Loader of New Barnet climbs into his Spitfire to join a Channel sweep during the Second World War. February 1944

Background imageMission Collection: Daylight attack on the power station at Pont A Vendin and the factories at La Basse in

Daylight attack on the power station at Pont A Vendin and the factories at La Basse in enemy occupied Northern France during the Second World War

Background imageMission Collection: Some of the pilots of the Coastal Command of the Royal Air Force who took part in

Some of the pilots of the Coastal Command of the Royal Air Force who took part in the location of the Altmark during the Second World War. February 1940

Background imageMission Collection: Smoke and dust billow upward during a successful attack by United States Army Air Force

Smoke and dust billow upward during a successful attack by United States Army Air Force B-17 Flying Fortresses, after five minutes of concentrated bombing on Toulon harbour

Background imageMission Collection: On the night of 29th - 30th April 1944, RAF Bombers attacked the Clermont Ferrand

On the night of 29th - 30th April 1944, RAF Bombers attacked the Clermont Ferrand / Aulnat Airfield in German occupied France

Background imageMission Collection: On the night of 29th - 30th April 1944, RAF Bombers attacked the Clermont

On the night of 29th - 30th April 1944, RAF Bombers attacked the Clermont Ferrand/Aulnat Airfield in German occupied France

Background imageMission Collection: Photo-reconnaissance image taken by 541 Squadron, RAF over Stettin, Germany

Photo-reconnaissance image taken by 541 Squadron, RAF over Stettin, Germany, following the long-range attack by aircraft of Bomber Command on the night of 20/21 April 1943

Background imageMission Collection: Streaking across the German sky, American B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the US Eighth

Streaking across the German sky, American B-17 Flying Fortress bombers of the US Eighth Army Air Force leave vapour trails high above the clouds as they head for their target

Background imageMission Collection: Damage to the Rheinmetall Borsig AG plant in Dusseldorf following an attack by bombers

Damage to the Rheinmetall Borsig AG plant in Dusseldorf following an attack by bombers of RAF Bomber Command on the night of the 22nd/23rd April 1944

Background imageMission Collection: This synthetic oil plant at Bottrop, west of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, produced 100

This synthetic oil plant at Bottrop, west of Gelsenkirchen, Germany, produced 100, 000 barrels of oil per month for the German war machine before it was wrecked from the air

Background imageMission Collection: A month before the Normandy landings, Mosquito aircraft of Bomber Command laid mines in

A month before the Normandy landings, Mosquito aircraft of Bomber Command laid mines in the Kiel Canal, the most heavily defended waterway in the world

Background imageMission Collection: Liberators and Flying Fortresses of the US Eighth Air Force struck at the source of

Liberators and Flying Fortresses of the US Eighth Air Force struck at the source of the Luftwaffe during Mondays daylight operations, the 21st so far this month

Background imageMission Collection: Bristol Beaufighter night fighter crews of No. 600 Squadron RAF

Bristol Beaufighter night fighter crews of No. 600 Squadron RAF, resting in their crew hut at Colerne, Wiltshire before taking off on patrol

Background imageMission Collection: In a Combined Operation on the night 27th and 28th February 1942

In a Combined Operation on the night 27th and 28th February 1942, joint forces of the Royal Navy, the Army and the Royal Air Force attacked an destroyed an important German radio location post at

Background imageMission Collection: The Gnome and Rhone aircraft factories at Limoges in German occupied France

The Gnome and Rhone aircraft factories at Limoges in German occupied France, which not only manufactures air engines for the Luftwaffe

Background imageMission Collection: A swarm of bees searching for a home, decided to take up their quarters in an aperture in

A swarm of bees searching for a home, decided to take up their quarters in an aperture in the port rudder of " Q for Queenie" a Halifax bomber at an airfield in the north of England

Background imageMission Collection: Prince Charles visits Mother Teresa at her institution in Calcutta, India. December 1980

Prince Charles visits Mother Teresa at her institution in Calcutta, India. December 1980

Background imageMission Collection: Maurice Cerullo, an American pentecostal televangelist during his

Maurice Cerullo, an American pentecostal televangelist during his Mission to London at Earls Court, London. 21st June 1992

Background imageMission Collection: Avro Lancaster planes of RAF Bomber Command carpet bomb a road junction near Villers

Avro Lancaster planes of RAF Bomber Command carpet bomb a road junction near Villers Bocage, Normandy, Northern France through which the 2nd

Background imageMission Collection: The leader of one of the first RAF Fighter squadrons to destroy 100 enemy aircraft while

The leader of one of the first RAF Fighter squadrons to destroy 100 enemy aircraft while operating from one station is the famous hurdler Don Finlay who has represented Great Britain at the Olympic

Background imageMission Collection: Proudly caressing his bomb sight after bombing the rail centre at Stendal, Germany

Proudly caressing his bomb sight after bombing the rail centre at Stendal, Germany, is Major Charles Hudson of Bakersfield, California

Background imageMission Collection: Canadian fighter squadron which is led by Squadron leader Sir Douglas Bader

Canadian fighter squadron which is led by Squadron leader Sir Douglas Bader, the famous RAF flying ace who lost both of his legs in an air accident in 1931

Background imageMission Collection: Over a thousand members of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF

Over a thousand members of the Womens Auxiliary Air Force (WaF) are now in India working alongside the RAF in South East Asia Command

Background imageMission Collection: Throughout the hours of darkness, WaF Flight mechanics are on duty servicing aircraft

Throughout the hours of darkness, WaF Flight mechanics are on duty servicing aircraft used for night training of pilots at a Flying Training Command Station in Scotland

Background imageMission Collection: First pictures of the evacuated British Airborne Forces from Arhem

First pictures of the evacuated British Airborne Forces from Arhem, Holland during the Second world War. Sergeant C Bennet of the 1st Airlanding Brigade (home town Darlington)

Background imageMission Collection: Several Women Auxiliary Air Force (WaF) officers flew out direct from England to take

Several Women Auxiliary Air Force (WaF) officers flew out direct from England to take up duties in the Northwest African theatre after the fall of Tunisia

Background imageMission Collection: 'N for Nuts'was one of the RAF lancaster bombers which took part in the attack

"N for Nuts"was one of the RAF lancaster bombers which took part in the attack
" N for Nuts" was one of the RAF lancaster bombers which took part in the attack on German occupied Paris railway targets on the night of 20th April 1944

Background imageMission Collection: Eight enemy Messerschmitt ME 109 planes were destroyed

Eight enemy Messerschmitt ME 109 planes were destroyed and two damaged by Allied fighters in two sorties over Tripolitania. In the first sortie an R.A.F

Background imageMission Collection: Spahis were light cavalry regiments of the French army recruited primarily from

Spahis were light cavalry regiments of the French army recruited primarily from the indigenous populations of Algeria, Tunisia and Morocco

Background imageMission Collection: The Western Desert Air Transport Service has carried out valuable work in the North

The Western Desert Air Transport Service has carried out valuable work in the North African campaign. They facilitated every stage of the advance

Background imageMission Collection: Flying Officer Bill Draper of 8 Humewood Drive, Toronto, Canada

Flying Officer Bill Draper of 8 Humewood Drive, Toronto, Canada, tells an interesting listener how he shot down a German Luftwaffe FW 190 in a head on attack

Background imageMission Collection: North African Arab soldiers are assisting the RAF on Tunisian airfields

North African Arab soldiers are assisting the RAF on Tunisian airfields. Loading bombs on the carriages for transportation to the aircraft and bomb dumps

Background imageMission Collection: Captain Alvin D. Skaggs of Lawton, Oklahoma, ponders his luck as he holds charred remains

Captain Alvin D. Skaggs of Lawton, Oklahoma, ponders his luck as he holds charred remains of his pilots seat from the smouldering wreck of his ship, the B-24 Liberator bomber " Vadie Raye"

Background imageMission Collection: A Lockheed Hudson of the RAF Coastal Command received direct hits from ant-aircraft guns

A Lockheed Hudson of the RAF Coastal Command received direct hits from ant-aircraft guns when on reconnaissance over Norway

Background imageMission Collection: An American bomber of the United States Army Force involved in an aerial battle over

An American bomber of the United States Army Force involved in an aerial battle over Germany during the Second World War, as indicated by the long ghost-like smoke trails in the sky. November 1943

Background imageMission Collection: Aerial view showing damage caused to the the Luftwaffe fighter

Aerial view showing damage caused to the the Luftwaffe fighter and bomber base at Leeuwarden, Holland after an attack by B-26 Marauder medium bombers of the US Ninth Air Force on 24th February 1944

Background imageMission Collection: Mustang IIIs, the new long range fighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force

Mustang IIIs, the new long range fighter aircraft of the Royal Air Force, fly here in echelon step up formation as they form part of the escort to Allied heavy bombers in daylight operations over

Background imageMission Collection: Mosquito fighters of RAF Coastal Command intercept and destroy nine German torpedo

Mosquito fighters of RAF Coastal Command intercept and destroy nine German torpedo bombers near the Scottish coast after an anti-shipping sortie in the Kattegat

Background imageMission Collection: Aircraft of RAF Coastal Command, are ceaselessly attacking the remnants of German

Aircraft of RAF Coastal Command, are ceaselessly attacking the remnants of German shipping fleeing from the Baltic coast and Denmark to Norway

Background imageMission Collection: Owing to peculiar air conditions and mechanical difficulties

Owing to peculiar air conditions and mechanical difficulties, the B-24 Liberator bomber " Golden Gaboon", piloted by let Lieutenant Wilbur T

Background imageMission Collection: High explosive and sticks of 4 lb incendiary bombs explode on a Japanese supply dump in a

High explosive and sticks of 4 lb incendiary bombs explode on a Japanese supply dump in a wooded area at Taungup, on the coast of Western Burma

Background imageMission Collection: A rear gunner of the United States Army Air Force pictured in a Lockheed Hudson light

A rear gunner of the United States Army Air Force pictured in a Lockheed Hudson light bomber aircraft before embarking on a mission during the Second World War. July 1942

Background imageMission Collection: Versatile Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers which have been operating from England for

Versatile Douglas A-20 Havoc light bombers which have been operating from England for several weeks under the US Ninth Air Force

Background imageMission Collection: RAF Coastal Command Beaufighters attack enemy shipping in the waters of the North Sea off

RAF Coastal Command Beaufighters attack enemy shipping in the waters of the North Sea off the Dutch Coast on 1st March 1944 and score a hit with a torpedo on a medium sized merchant vessel

Background imageMission Collection: While on patrol in the Aegean Sea, crews of an RAF Fighter Command Middle East

While on patrol in the Aegean Sea, crews of an RAF Fighter Command Middle East Beaufighter Squadron struck and destroyed a large tonnage enemy ship, the SS Drache



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