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WWII in color: Rare photos from 1942 show Flying Fortress bombers and their heroic crews in The Mighty 8th Command

WWII in color: Rare photos from 1942 show Flying Fortress bombers and their heroic crews in The Mighty 8th Command | Mail Online

Stunning, pin-sharp images of the final 55 airworthy Spitfires

Hero: Mk IX Spitfire MH434 (right) - one of the most famous planes still capable of taking to the skies

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.

BRITISH AIRCRAFT PILOTS hand dropped the first bombs until the introduction of the bomb rack on the fighters and the giant bombers.

A modern day mission: Lancaster bomber crew prepares for action 70 years on in remarkable set of airfield pictures