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1940: Flying Ace - 22 year old Flying Officer Albert Gerald Lewis who fought in the Battle of Britain. Read his story here, it's utterly amazing. http://www.thefedoralounge.com/showthread.php?42832-The-story-of-a-pilot

Flying Officer Albert Gerald Lewis, a top ace of the RAF. The South African, pictured here at shot down at least 28 Luftwaffe fighters -- including, on one memorable day, six in a six-hour span.

Czech pilot No.310 Sq. on the wing of one of the Hurricanes (code NN), the type of aircraft the squadron flew during the Battle of Britain, based at Duxford

Here we see a Czech pilot from Squadron standing on the wing of one of the squadron's Hurricanes (code NN), the type of aircraft the squadron flew during the Battle of Britain, when it was based at Duxford, forming part of Bader's 'Big Wing'.

Walter “Graf Punski” Krupinski (11 November 1920 – 7 October 2000) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace of World War II and a senior West German air force officer after the war. He was one of the highest-scoring pilots, credited with 197 victories in 1,100 sorties. He was called by his fellow pilots Graf Punski (Count Punski) due to his Prussian origins. Krupinski was one of the first to fly the Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron JV 44 led by Adolf Galland.

Walter “Graf Punski” Krupinski (11 November 1920 – 7 October 2000) was a German Luftwaffe fighter ace of World War II and a senior West German air force officer after the war. He was one of the highest-scoring pilots, credited with 197 victories in 1,100 sorties. He was called by his fellow pilots Graf Punski (Count Punski) due to his Prussian origins. Krupinski was one of the first to fly the Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron JV 44 led by Adolf Galland.

In the summer of 1940 the first Polish squadrons were formed in Fighter Command. No 303 'City of Warsaw' Squadron was the top-scoring RAF unit in September 1940, with nine of its pilots claiming five or more kills. Pilot Officers Jan Zumbach (left) and Mirosław Ferić, two of its aces, playing with the Squadron's mascot - a puppy dog. This photograph was taken at Leconfield in October 1940.

Pilot Officers Jan Zumbach (left) and Miroslaw Feric, two Polish fighter pilot aces playing with the Squadron’s mascot - Battle of Britain 1940

Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and , Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, 1941 - Photo by Cecil Beaton. [IWM]

holdhard: “ Two Battle of Britain fighter pilots, Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No 92 Squadron RAF and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to a Spitfire.

Pilot Officer Keith Gillman was 19 when he failed to return from combat over the Channel on August 25, 1940. He was the first pilot from his squadron lost in the Battle of Britain.

Pilot Officer Keith Gillman was 19 when he failed to return from combat over the Channel on August He was the first pilot from his squadron lost in the Battle of Britain.

Steinhoff was one of very few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly operationally through the whole of the war period 1939–45. He was also one of the highest-scoring pilots with 176 victories, and one of the first to fly the Messerschmitt Me 262 jet fighter in combat as a member of the famous aces squadron Jagdverband 44 led by Adolf Galland.

Steinhoff was one of very few Luftwaffe pilots who survived to fly operationally…

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.

The Operations Room at RAF Fighter Command's No. 10 Group Headquarters, Rudloe Manor (RAF Box), Wiltshire, showing WAAF plotters and duty officers at work, 1943.

The Operations Room at RAF Fighter Command's No. 10 Group Headquarters, Rudloe Manor (RAF Box), Wiltshire, showing WAAF plotters and duty officers at work, 1943 ~

Hans Joachim Marseille (13 Dec 1919 – 30 Sep 1942) was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot and flying ace during WW II. He is noted for his aerial battles during the North African Campaign. One of the most successful fighter pilots, he was nicknamed the "Star of Africa". Marseille claimed all but seven of his "official" 158 victories against the British Commonwealth's Desert Air Force over North Africa, flying the Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighter for his entire combat career.

Hans Joachim Marseille Dec 1919 – 30 Sep was a Luftwaffe fighter pilot…

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