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On taking off from RAF Biggin Hill at 09.45hrs on 15 October 1940 with orders to patrol at 30,000ft, No 92 Squadron RAF sighted enemy fighters while gaining height over London. In combat with Uffz Erhardt Scheidt of JG26 over Maidstone at 11.25hrs, Spitfire Mk I QJ-N is believed to have crashed into the sea, killing Sgt Kenneth B Parker (pictured). The Luftwaffe lost 2 pilots in the pursuit halfway across the Channel, credited to Sgt Donald E "Don" Kingaby and Sgt Ronald H "Ronnie" Fokes.

On taking off from RAF Biggin Hill at on 15 October 1940 with orders to…

Ulric Cross, the most highly decorated Caribbean airman in the RAF during World War II, died on October 4, 2013 at the age of 96. Because he was the only person of color in his squadron he was nicknamed "The Black Hornet."

Ulric Cross, the most highly decorated Caribbean airman in the Royal Air Force during World War II, died on October 2013 at the age of Because he was the only person of color in his squadron he was nicknamed "The Black Hornet.

John Charles Dundas, DFC & Bar (19 August 1915 – 28 November 1940) was a British Second World War fighter pilot. On 28 November 1940 Dundas is believed to have engaged and shot down Helmut Wick, the highest scoring ace of the Luftwaffe at that time, over the English Channel. Moments later Dundas was also shot down into the sea. Both pilots vanished and remain missing in action.  He had 12 aerial victories.

This Battle of Britain London Monument is an outstanding new sculpture commemorating

Wilhelm Hosenfeld, who was awarded the Iron Cross during the First World War, and was called up to serve in the German army again in 1939.   He is the real life German officer who saved musician Władysław Szpilman (from the movie “the pianist”  He died in a Russian prison camp in 1952 of a ruptured Aortic Aneurysm ( a particularly bloody and painful way to die). He is depicted here with one of his children.

Wilhelm Hosenfeld, who was awarded the Iron Cross during the First World War, and was called up to serve in the German army again in 1939. He is the real life German officer who saved musician Władysław Szpilman (from the movie “the pianist” He died in a Russian prison camp in 1952 of a ruptured Aortic Aneurysm ( a particularly bloody and painful way to die). He is depicted here with one of his children.

South Africa has it's own WW1 flying ace and VC winner, Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor.

South Africa has it's own flying ace and VC winner, Andrew Beauchamp-Proctor.

Losing S/L John OW "Doggie" Oliver when bounced by enemy fighters near Diest on his third patrol on 13 May 1940 with B Flight, P/O Denis H Wissler (pictured) of No 85 Squadron RAF escaped into clouds and disoriented landed at Cambrai, where a French engineer told him that Hurricane VY-C was gushing oil. While RAF ground crew were summoned to find the fault, the 19-year-old pilot had dinner in the "very pukka" mess, conscious of his own dishevelled state, before retiring to a good night's…

Losing S/L John OW "Doggie" Oliver when bounced by enemy fighters near Diest on his third patrol on 13 May 1940 with B Flight, P/O Denis H Wissler (pictured) of No 85 Squadron RAF escaped into clouds and disoriented landed at Cambrai, where a French engineer told him that Hurricane VY-C was gushing oil. While RAF ground crew were summoned to find the fault, the 19-year-old pilot had dinner in the "very pukka" mess, conscious of his own dishevelled state, before retiring to a good night's…

F/L Gordon L Sinclair flew as A Flight leader with No 310 Squadron RAF, whose Czechoslovakian pilots the 24-year-old pilot described as "brilliant but uncontrollable". Injuring his leg while landing near Coulsdon after bailing out on 9 September 1940, he was greeted by an old school friend, who took him to the Irish Guards officers mess at Caterham, but improperly dressed, wearing his flying overalls over a pair of pyjamas, he was not allowed to dine.

F/L Gordon L Sinclair flew as A Flight leader with No 310 Squadron RAF, whose Czechoslovakian pilots the 24-year-old pilot described as "brilliant but uncontrollable". Injuring his leg while landing near Coulsdon after bailing out on 9 September 1940, he was greeted by an old school friend, who took him to the Irish Guards officers mess at Caterham, but improperly dressed, wearing his flying overalls over a pair of pyjamas, he was not allowed to dine.

Des Sheen and Rusty, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

Des Sheen and Rusty, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

Jack Kennedy, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

Jack Kennedy, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese-American of the US Army to see air combat in the Pacific Theater (and the European) during World War II, flying a total of 58 combat missions during the war,

Ben Kuroki, the only Japanese-American of the US Army to see air combat in the Pacific Theater (and the European) during World War II, flying a total of 58 combat missions during the war,

Squadron Leader Moreton Pinfold  I took command of 56 Squadron at North Weald on the 24th August 1940. Both the previous flight commanders had been shot down before my arrival so the omens weren't good. My first five days as Squadron Leader were intense to say the least. I flew 14 sorties - three of them in one day and with only eight operational pilots available. After a week of this the Squadron was so depleted we had to rebuild taking in pilots from Poland and Czechoslavakia.

Squadron Leader Moreton Pinfold I took command of 56 Squadron at North Weald on…

On 15 August 1940, P/O John L "Polly" Flinders of No 32 Squadron RAF shot down Ltn Horst Marx of ErproGr210 as the latter made off south, flying into the path of the 23-year-old pilot at Caterham. Me 109E-4/B Yellow 3 was destroyed by a 2 second burst diving into the ground at Frant with the pilot opening his parachute at 6,000ft south of Sevenoaks. Though unaware to RAF intelligence at the time, the aircraft was the first Luftwaffe single seat fighter bomber to fall on British soil.

On 15 August 1940, P/O John L "Polly" Flinders of No 32 Squadron RAF shot down Ltn Horst Marx of ErproGr210 as the latter made off south, flying into the path of the 23-year-old pilot at Caterham. Me 109E-4/B Yellow 3 was destroyed by a 2 second burst diving into the ground at Frant with the pilot opening his parachute at 6,000ft south of Sevenoaks. Though unaware to RAF intelligence at the time, the aircraft was the first Luftwaffe single seat fighter bomber to fall on British soil.

John Crossman in flying kit, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

John Crossman in flying kit, from 'Australian Eagles: Australians in the Battle of Britain' by Kristen Alexander.

Sgt Herbert E Black was seriously wounded in combat with enemy fighters near Maidstone at 21,000ft at 12.30hrs 7 days after reporting to No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Stapleford Tawney on 22 October 1940, crashing in Hothfield Park. His wife Gwen was by his bedside at Ashford Hospital when he died from severe burns and multiple cannon shell leg injuries on 9 November, aged 26.

Sgt Herbert E Black was seriously wounded in combat with enemy fighters near Maidstone at 21,000ft at 12.30hrs 7 days after reporting to No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Stapleford Tawney on 22 October 1940, crashing in Hothfield Park. His wife Gwen was by his bedside at Ashford Hospital when he died from severe burns and multiple cannon shell leg injuries on 9 November, aged 26.

Flight Lieutenant Brian Kingcome (left), commanding officer of No. 92 Squadron Royal Air Force and his wingman, Flying Officer Geoffrey Wellum, next to Supermarine Spitfire (possibly Wellum's QJ-K) at RAF Biggin Hill, Kent, June/July 1941.  Group Captain Charles Brian Fabris Kingcome DSO, DFC & Bar (31 May 1917 – 1994) Squadron Leader Geoffrey Wellum DFC (born 4 August 1921 – still with us aged 94)

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.

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