Spitfire pilot Eric Stanley Lock. 26 swastikas denote enemy air to air kills. He had been badly injured in combat during the Battle of Britain. Partially recovered and kept flying. Died shortly after this photo was taken. Just a kid.

Eric Lock-"Sawn Off" Lock in the cockpit of his Spitfire. Just below the cockpit are 26 Swastika emblems denoting aerial victories. Lock has already recorded his final kill — on 14 July Shortly after this photo was taken, Lock disappeared.

British WWII poster.

ON THIS DAY: 1940 – In the midst of the Battle of Britain, British Prime Minister Winston Churchill delivered a speech thanking the Royal Air Force, declaring, “Never was so much owed by so many to so few"

Spitfire with one pilot and nine ground crew getting it ready for it's next sortie - Battle of Britain 1940

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Last of the Few- page 6 | An RAF sergeant assists pilot Chesley Peterson, Eagle Squadron, in securing his parachute before entering a Hawker Hurricane. Read more: http://www.airspacemag.com/military-aviation/last-of-the-few-23175715/#elcItdCBgsOwzSVf.99

An RAF sergeant assists pilot Chesley Peterson, Eagle Squadron, in securing his parachute before entering a Hawker Hurricane.

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Squadron Leader J A F MacLachlan, the one-armed Commanding Officer of No 1 Squadron RAF, s.

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.

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

Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster

Supermarine Spitfire Mark Is of No. 610 Squadron based at Biggin Hill, flying in…

Supermarine Spitfire Mark IA’s of No. 610 Squadron based at Biggin Hill, flying in ‘vic’ formation, 24 July

On 12 August 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations, with the intention of obliterating them once and for all. The outcome of the Battle of Britain was in the balance. BFD

Hornchurch Scramble by Robert Taylor - On August 1940 the Luftwaffe turned their full attention to the RAF's forward fighter bases and radar stations with the intent to obliterate them once and for all.

BBMF Tiger Moth, Hurricane, Lancaster, Spitfire and Dakota at Sunset. | by Nigel Hodgetts

BBMF Tiger Moth, Hurricane, Lancaster, Spitfire and Dakota at Sunset. | by Nigel Hodgetts

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - The making of the movie - Spitfires

THE BATTLE OF BRITAIN - The making of the movie - Spitfires

Posing for the benefit of the camera are F/O Francis N "Fanny" Brinsden (left) and Sgt Bernhard J "Jimmy" Jennings of No 19 Squadron RAF at RAF Fowlmere in September 1940. Brinsden won his first combat victories providing air cover to the evacuations at Dunkirk.

Posing for the benefit of the camera are F/O Francis N "Fanny" Brinsden (left) and Sgt Bernhard J "Jimmy" Jennings of No 19 Squadron RAF at RAF Fowlmere in September 1940. Brinsden won his first combat victories providing air cover to the evacuations at Dunkirk.

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