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Douglas Bader, who lost his legs in a peace time flying accident,  was determined to prove he could still fly and join the RAF after losing his legs

Douglas Bader swinging his "tin leg" into his fighter place. One leg had been removed below the knee, the other above the knee.

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Polish flying ace Jan Zumbach (left) confirmed kills) of the 303 Kosciuszko Polish Fighter Squadron poses with his Supermarine Spitfire and RAF colleagues, The plane bears Zumbach's distinctive Donald Duck symbol. He survived the war.

In August 1941 RAF pilot Douglas Bader was shot down over Le Tourquet and was captured.   Bader was given full courtesy by the Luftwaffe fighter squadron that shot him down, and was allowed to sit in the cockpit of the ME 109.   Pictured here is also Adolf Galland, who became a peacetime friend of Bader.

In August 1941 RAF pilot Douglas Bader was shot down over Le Tourquet and was…

Acting Wing Commander Colin Gray, the top scoring New Zealand pilot with 27 kills, pictured with his Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX EN 520 (FL-A) at Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia while commanding No 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force in North Africa. c. May 1943 Colin Falkland Gray, born in Christchurch, New Zealand November 9 1914; DFC 1940, bars 1941,1943; DSO 1943. Died New Zealand 2 August 1995. (Source - © IWM CNA 814) Pilot Officer L H Abbott, Royal Air Force official photographer

Acting Wing Commander Colin Gray, the top scoring New Zealand pilot with 27 kills, pictured with his Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX EN 520 (FL-A) at Souk-el-Khemis, Tunisia while commanding No 81 Squadron, Royal Air Force in North Africa. May 1943

Foto Luftwaffe Flugzeug Ju 88 C 1./NJG 2 BF Ofw. August Hiltrop Gilze-Rijen 41 | eBay

Foto Luftwaffe Flugzeug Ju 88 C 2 BF Ofw. August Hiltrop Gilze-Rijen 41 in Sammeln & Seltenes, Militaria,

P/O Peter V "Decoy" Ayerst was the first RAF fighter pilot to clash with Me 109 fighters on 6 November 1939. Scrambled from Rouvres at 14.30hrs, the 19-year-old pilot drifted over the frontier in pursuit of an intruder at 20,000ft and on turning for base formated at the rear of fighters thought to be No 73 Squadron RAF. On realising the black cross on the tail fins, he gave a quick burst before diving out of the way and returning to Rouvres with 5 holes in the fuselage of Hurricane Mk I J.

P/O Peter V "Decoy" Ayerst was the first RAF fighter pilot to clash with Me 109 fighters on 6 November 1939. Scrambled from Rouvres at 14.30hrs, the 19-year-old pilot drifted over the frontier in pursuit of an intruder at 20,000ft and on turning for base formated at the rear of fighters thought to be No 73 Squadron RAF. On realising the black cross on the tail fins, he gave a quick burst before diving out of the way and returning to Rouvres with 5 holes in the fuselage of Hurricane Mk I J.

F/L George "Buzz" "Screwball" Beurling, DSO,  DFC,  DFM  &  Bar (32 victories)

F/L George "Buzz" "Screwball" Beurling, DSO, DFC, DFM & Bar (32 victories)

Marius Eriksen, 332 Squadron. One of the Norwegians best pilot, if not THE best pilot. He was shot down in 1943 and remained POW until the end of the war. He passed way in 2009.

One of the Norwegians best pilot, if not THE best pilot. He was shot down in 1943 and remained POW until the end of the war. He passed way in

This is the famous ace Jan Zumbach who saved Great Britian from the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in the Polish RAF 303 Squadron. Here is his famous insignia and Polish Squadron insignia.

This is the famous ace Jan Zumbach who saved Great Britian from the German Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain in the Polish RAF 303 Squadron. Here is his famous insignia and Polish Squadron insignia.

Battle of Britain Aces Adolf Galland in the cockpit, Stanford Tuck  and Douglas Bader. Fl Lt Pete Thorn from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight nearest on the ground and Peter Rushen Ground Crew behind him. The venue the 1978 Bex air show in Switzerland and the Spitfire a Mk V AB910.

Battle of Britain Aces Adolf Galland in the cockpit, Stanford Tuck and Douglas Bader. Fl Lt Pete Thorn from the Battle of Britain Memorial flight nearest on the ground and Peter Rushen Ground Crew behind him.

F/O Roland RS "Bob" Tuck is snapped by LIFE photographer William Vandivert exiting Spitfire Mk I YT-T at RAF Northolt in March 1940. Still coded FZ-L, the aircraft was allocated to the 23-year-old pilot shortly after it was picked up from Eastleigh by No 65 Squadron RAF and flown to RAF Hornchurch on 24 March 1939. Tuck left for No 92 Squadron RAF on 1 May 1940.

F/O Roland RS "Bob" Tuck is snapped by LIFE photographer William Vandivert…

W/C Ian R "Widge" Gleed sits in the cockpit of his Spitfire Mk Vb R-G at RAF Ibsley on 16 June 1942 while leading the Ibsley Wing. As a wing leader he was entitled to use personal markings instead of the usual squadron codes, and he used his initials on his personal mount. Gleed's personal emblem, depicting Figaro the cat swatting a swastika, is shown on the door panel beneath the cockpit. The cartoon cat first appeared in Walt Disney's animated film Pinocchio released in February 1940.

CH Wing Commander I R "Widge" Gleed sitting in the cockpit of his Supermarine Spitfire Mark VB 'R-G' at Ibsley Hampshire when leading the Ibsley Wing

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Vought Corsair Line Production I worked out of this hanger in Connecticut, cool.

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