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.
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"
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
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.
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.