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Taking off from RAF Tangmere at 12.45hrs on 16 August 1940 to meet StG2 over the Solent, No 43 Squadron RAF engaged the dive bombers travelling north off Beachy Head 10 minutes into the interception at 12,000ft. A head-on attack was made on the close vic formations stepping up at 14,000ft, with S/L John VC "Tubby" Badger claiming the leading Ju 87 and P/O Daniel ARG le Roy du Vivier (pictured) another and a third damaged off Selsey Bill in Hurricane Mk I FT-S.

The Brits' reaction to Hitler in 1940 is entirely appropriate in 2017 to certain groups who wish us harm.

Squadron Leader Dave Glaser A Pilot shot down by the Royal Navy during the Battle of Britain who went on to test B.A.C. 1-11's, Viscounts and Valiant

Squadron Leader Dave Glaser A Pilot shot down by the Royal Navy during the Battle of Britain who went on to test B. Viscounts and Valiant

Men of an RAF Repair and Salvage Unit working on a damaged Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX of No 403 Squadron, Royal Canadian Air Force, at forward airstrip Bazenville in Normandy, June Airfield Bazenville (Advanced Landing Ground

F/O Derek H Ward was taken on strength by No 87 Squadron RAF after he had ferried a badly damaged Hurricane Mk I from France to RAF Debden on 20 May 1940. On 11 August, the 23-year-old New Zealander was appointed B flight commander, claiming an Me 110 destroyed 4 days later. From September, A and B flights alternated at RAF Bibury on night duties, and on 3 days into the month Ward damaged an enemy aircraft at night.

F/O Derek H Ward was taken on strength by No 87 Squadron RAF after he had ferried a badly damaged Hurricane Mk I from France to RAF Debden on 20 May 1940. On 11 August, the 23-year-old New Zealander was appointed B flight commander, claiming an Me 110 destroyed 4 days later. From September, A and B flights alternated at RAF Bibury on night duties, and on 3 days into the month Ward damaged an enemy aircraft at night.

Asisbiz article about Hawker Hurricane MkIIb RAF 185Sqn GLP Marcus W Kidson Z2402 Hal Far Malta 1942 0A

Asisbiz article about Hawker Hurricane MkIIb RAF 185Sqn GLP Marcus W Kidson Z2402 Hal Far Malta 1942 0A

Spitfire F 21.

Royal Auxiliary Air Force Biggen Hill 1947 with a hp, RR Griffon 65 engine.

Refuelling and rearming No.601 Squadron Hawker Hurricanes Mk.I at RAF Tangmere, 1940

Refuelling and rearming No. 601 Squadron Hawker Hurricanes at RAF Tangmere, 1940

F/L William J Leather of No 611 Squadron RAF, seated with F/O Philip S C Pollard, claimed an Me 109 destroyed over Dunkirk on 2 June 1940, before destroying 2 Do 17 bombers and sharing in the destruction of another 3 from early July. Pollard was serving with the squadron at RAF Digby in May 1940 and stayed with them throughout the Battle of Britain, claiming a Do 17 shared on 15 September and 2 more shared on 11 October.

F/L William J Leather of No 611 Squadron RAF, seated with F/O Philip S C Pollard, claimed an Me 109 destroyed over Dunkirk on 2 June 1940, before destroying 2 Do 17 bombers and sharing in the destruction of another 3 from early July. Pollard was serving with the squadron at RAF Digby in May 1940 and stayed with them throughout the Battle of Britain, claiming a Do 17 shared on 15 September and 2 more shared on 11 October.

American pilot Loren Boyd Hillsinger walks away from his Hawker Hurricane after landing at Hendon Field, England.  Hillsinger was the first pilot to return to flying duty after losing a leg.

American pilot Loren Boyd Hillsinger walks away from his Hawker Hurricane after landing at Hendon Field, England. Hillsinger was the first pilot to return to flying duty after losing a leg.

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