The spitfires

German soldiers inspect Sq/Ldr Geoffrey Dalton Stephenson's Supermarine Spitfire MK1 N3200 (RAF 19 Squadron) coded 'QV', after it was shot down on a beach at Sangatte, near Calais, while covering the evacuation of the Dunkirk beaches during Operation Dynamo, on May 26, 1940. Geoff spent the war in a number of German prison camps, making many escape attempts, and eventually was sent to Colditz Castle, the ultimate high security German prisoner of war camp. He was part of the team that built…

German soldiers inspect Sq/Ldr Geoffrey Dalton Stephenson's Supermarine Spitfire MK1 N3200 (RAF 19 Squadron) coded 'QV', after it was shot down on a beach at Sangatte, near Calais, while covering the evacuation of the Dunkirk beaches during Operation Dynamo, on May 26, 1940. Geoff spent the war in a number of German prison camps, making many escape attempts, and eventually was sent to Colditz Castle, the ultimate high security German prisoner of war camp. He was part of the team that built…

The Spitfire was a low-wing monoplane that was first flown in 1936 and was first put into service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was modified continuously throughout the war to serve in a variety of roles: fighter (with notable success at high altitudes), fighter-bomber, and photo reconnaissance plane.

The Spitfire was a low-wing monoplane that was first flown in 1936 and was first put into service with the Royal Air Force in 1938. It was modified continuously throughout the war to serve in a variety of roles: fighter (with notable success at high altitudes), fighter-bomber, and photo reconnaissance plane.

Hawker Hurricane.  Not as pretty as the Spitfire but still claimed more kills in the Battle of Britain.

Hawker Hurricane. Not as pretty as the Spitfire but still claimed more kills in the Battle of Britain.

The Spitfire.   Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Sir winston Churchill

The Spitfire. Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few. Sir winston Churchill

A Spitfire (front) and a Hurricane patrolling the coast during the Battle of Britain, in 1940.

A Spitfire (front) and a Hurricane patrolling the coast during the Battle of Britain, in 1940.

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