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31st August 1940 - During combat with Bf 110s over Tonbridge, Group Captain Peter Townsend was shot down and wounded in the left foot by a cannon shell which went through the glycol tank and exploded in the cockpit. He continued to lead the unit on the ground even after this wound resulted in his big toe being amputated, and he returned to operational flying on 21 September

31st August 1940 - During combat with Bf 110s over Tonbridge, Group Captain Peter Townsend was shot down and wounded in the left foot by a cannon shell which went through the glycol tank and exploded in the cockpit. He continued to lead the unit on the ground even after this wound resulted in his big toe being amputated, and he returned to operational flying on 21 September

On 18 August 1940, P/O James E "Nigger" Marshall of No 85 Squadron RAF took off without orders when the rest of the squadron scrambled at 17.24 hours. Having returned to RAF Debden, S/L Peter W Townsend saw Hurricane Mk I VY-D land with one wingtip missing and was surprised to see Marshall climb out of the cockpit. Closing in on a He 111, he ran out of ammunition and rammed the bomber's tail unit with his starboard wing, losing the tip.

On 18 August 1940, P/O James E "Nigger" Marshall of No 85 Squadron RAF took off without orders when the rest of the squadron scrambled at 17.24 hours. Having returned to RAF Debden, S/L Peter W Townsend saw Hurricane Mk I VY-D land with one wingtip missing and was surprised to see Marshall climb out of the cockpit. Closing in on a He 111, he ran out of ammunition and rammed the bomber's tail unit with his starboard wing, losing the tip.

Shirley Slade, WWII WASP pilot of B-26 and B-39.

Shirley Slade, WWII WASP pilot of B-26 and B-39.

Sgt Edward A "Tony" Mould of No 74 Squadron RAF is credited with having destroyed the first enemy fighter to come down in Britain. On the afternoon of 8 July 1940, the 23-year-old pilot forced Ltn Johann Böhm of JG51 to belly in a field of ewes on Bladbean Hill, Elham. Chasing a Spitfire Mk I, Me 109E-3 White 4 was caught from below and shot into the radiator and non self-sealing fuel tank. The enemy pilot banked into a dive to escape but crash-landed with the undercarriage retracted.

Sgt Edward A "Tony" Mould of No 74 Squadron RAF is credited with having destroyed the first enemy fighter to come down in Britain. On the afternoon of 8 July 1940, the 23-year-old pilot forced Ltn Johann Böhm of JG51 to belly in a field of ewes on Bladbean Hill, Elham. Chasing a Spitfire Mk I, Me 109E-3 White 4 was caught from below and shot into the radiator and non self-sealing fuel tank. The enemy pilot banked into a dive to escape but crash-landed with the undercarriage retracted.

Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC. DSO DFC and bar and bar.  (12 August 1918 - 19 September 1944)

Wing Commander Guy Penrose Gibson VC. DSO DFC and bar and bar. (12 August 1918 - 19 September 1944)

Young James (Stocky) Edwards of Battleford, Saskatchewan, became a ace fighter pilot with the RAF. Here he is shown wearing a polka dot scarf given to him by his Australian buddy. A scarf was often worn by pilots to keep the scratchy woolen fabric from chafing their necks while they were swiveling their heads around, scanning the skies for German fighters!

Young James (Stocky) Edwards of Battleford, Saskatchewan, became a ace fighter pilot with the RAF. Here he is shown wearing a polka dot scarf given to him by his Australian buddy. A scarf was often worn by pilots to keep the scratchy woolen fabric from chafing their necks while they were swiveling their heads around, scanning the skies for German fighters!

25 1941 Weather restricts raids on Britain. Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, V6864 ‘DT-A’, at Coltishall, Norfolk, January 1941.. The Burmese flag is seen painted on the starboard side of the aircraft and on the port side were painted 2 - See more at: http://ww2today.com/25th-january-1941-weather-restricts-raids-on-britain#sthash.6wZxI6Al.dpuf

25 1941 Weather restricts raids on Britain. Squadron RAF, sitting in the cockpit of his Hawker Hurricane Mark I, V6864 ‘DT-A’, at Coltishall, Norfolk, January 1941.. The Burmese flag is seen painted on the starboard side of the aircraft and on the port side were painted 2 - See more at: http://ww2today.com/25th-january-1941-weather-restricts-raids-on-britain#sthash.6wZxI6Al.dpuf

Wing Commander Lance Cleo "Wildcat" Wade DSO, DFC & Two Bars (1915 – 12 January 1944) was an American pilot who joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II and became a flying ace. He remained with RAF until his death in a flying accident in 1944 in Italy. In 30 fights for which he made claims he was credited with 23 victories (including two shared), one probable, and 13 damaged.

Wing Commander Lance Cleo "Wildcat" Wade DSO, DFC & Two Bars (1915 – 12 January 1944) was an American pilot who joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II and became a flying ace. He remained with RAF until his death in a flying accident in 1944 in Italy. In 30 fights for which he made claims he was credited with 23 victories (including two shared), one probable, and 13 damaged.

Kidd Hofer Top Ace of the 4th Fighter Group in WWII - Stardust Studios

Kidd Hofer Top Ace of the 4th Fighter Group in WWII - Stardust Studios

ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945 Willie McKnight

ROYAL AIR FORCE FIGHTER COMMAND, 1939-1945 Willie McKnight

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