R.A.F. Battle of Britain Hawker Hurricane Squadrons 1940. No.1 top scoring squadron in the Battle of Britain was Polish, 303 Sq. Flying Hurricanes, not Spitfires. The 3rd highest scoring was ALSO Polish. When Churchill referred to "the few owed so much by so many", I'd like to think he meant the Poles, not the entire RAF. The Poles were tremendous in all services, and their service and reward was a crime at the end of the war. They deserved so much more.
The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was 20. The strain they were under is clearly written on the face of Squadron Leader B J E 'Sandy' Lane (centre), pictured here aged 23. He was killed in combat 2 years later.