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.
P/O William L "Willie" McKnight of No 242 Squadron RAF poses for the camera at RAF Coltishall in September 1940. Between May and November, the 21-year-old pilot claimed 16 and 2 shared destroyed and 3 probables in combats over France and Britain, becoming the first Canadian ace. He had a half skeleton and sickle painted on both sides of the fuselage of Hurricane Mk I LE-A.
The Battle of STALINGRAD. The Luftwaffe, after Goering's boast convinced Hitler, began supplying the beleaguered Sixth Army by air from November But heavy losses of aircraft made it impossible to maintain the 300 tons supply every day.
Squadron Leader Douglas Bader DSO (front centre) with some of the Canadian pilots of his Squadron, 242 (Canadian) Squadron, grouped around his Hurricane fighter aircraft at Duxford, Cambridgeshire - Battle of Britain - 1940
RAF pilots-Squadron Leader Douglas Bader - commanding No. 242 (Canadian) Squadron, with Major Alexander ‘Sasha’ Hess - CO of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron, outside the Officers Mess building, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.