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/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.