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Royal Air Force fighter pilots of 16 and 19 Squadron seem to exude relaxed and youthful elan despite the strains of the Battle of Britain which they were presently fighting. Flight Sergeant Grumpy Unwin DFC sits between squadron mascots Flash the Alsation and Rangy the Spaniel. Photo: Imperial War Museum, Duxford

Squadron Leader E A McNab and his men, No 1 Squadron Royal Canadian Air Force and Hawker Hurricane by whatsthatpicture, via Flickr

Pilots of RAF 601 Squadron - Battle of Britain - 1940

Dr. Adelaide "Heidi" Hautval of Strasbourg, France was arrested by the Nazis. Sent to Auschwitz, she witnessed the medical experiments and refused to participate. Transported to Ravensbruck, she again refused to participate in experiments. When the doctor said that Jews were different, she said, “In this camp, many people are different from me. You, for example.” She saved many lives by hiding the condemned as patients and stayed at the camp with Mme Vaillant-Couturier post war to care for…

Hurricane and pilots of 310 Squadron

US Navy Seabees recrutement Ad imprimer des années 1940, la seconde guerre mondiale

US Navy Seabees recrutement Ad imprimer des années par BloominLuvly

Pilots from No. 303 (“Kościuszko”) Polish Fighter Squadron with one of their Mk II Spitfires, resting from the strain of heavy fighting during the ‘Battle of Britain’ in the late summer of 1940 (from left): Sgt Kustrzynski, Sgt Popek, Sgt Szlagowski, F/O Feric, P/O Daszewski and F/O Zumbach. Kustrzynski, Szlagowski and Zumbach

609 Squadron RAF, Biggin Hill, Kent, England, with mascots - February 1941

Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO (front centre) with some of the Canadian pilots of his Squadron, 242 (Canadian) Squadron, grouped around his Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford, Cambridgeshire - Battle of Britain - 1940