The Royal Air Force in France 1939 - 1940: A Hawker Hurricane fighter is loaded with ammunition before a mission., Devon S A (F/O)
Spitfire BS456 1X in Northolt on 22 August 1943. This is the Polish pilot Flight Lieutenant Lew Kurylowicz hunter who was killed by a Focke-Wulf 190 near Rouen after himself down another FW-190. It was recovered unharmed after five days at sea in his dinghy:*BFD*
At the time of the Battle of Britain RAF fighter pilots were idolised by the public. These "Knights of the Air", or "the Few" as they came to be known, were regarded as heroes for the way they fought off the onslaught of the mighty Luftwaffe. The "hero" of "Agent of the Reich" has a somewhat less glamorous - though still important - job: he works for Balloon Command, the RAF department that organised the barrage balloon defences.
Hawker Tempest V vs V1
"The Lone Hawk" Billy Bishop Bishop is one of the most celebrated pilots in Canadian history. His heroics include taking out 72 enemy planes, which included an in-flight encounter with the legendary Red Baron Manfred von Richthofen, and he was also instrumental in creating the Royal Canadian Air Force. Bishop was the recipient of the Victoria Cross (VC), the British Empire’s most distinguished honor.