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Anatomy of the Spitfire Cockpit

How compact the cockpit is. pilots often describe flying a Spitfire is akin to strapping the aircraft to your back.

Spitfire cockpit.

The fighter plane's instruments and controls. The cockpit is cramped, but the bubble canopy provides the pilot with all-round vision. The instruments are authentic but new

Sgt Michał Brzezowski, Sgt Stefan Wójtowicz and Sgt Eugeniusz Szaposznikow (left to right) of No 303 Squadron RAF stand in place at RAF Northolt in 1940. They had been veterans of the Polish and French campaigns before joining the squadron in August. While Brzezowski and Wójtowicz failed to return from combat in September, Szaposznikow survived the Battle of Britain, with 8 victories and 1 probable to his credit.

Sgt Michał Brzezowski, Sgt Stefan Wójtowicz and Sgt Eugeniusz Szaposznikow (left to right) of No 303 Squadron RAF stand in place at RAF Northolt in They had been veterans of the Polish and.

Pilots of the famous No 303 Polish Squadron RAF, pose with their Squadron Leader Jan Zumbach in front of his Spitfire at Kirton-in-Lindsey, Lincolnshire, England - October 1942

Group of pilots of the Polish No. 303 Squadron standing next to a Spitfire Mk Vc. Note the Donald Duck emblem - this was the personal aircraft of the Squadron Leader Jan Zumbach, standing on the wing here.

P/O Witold "Tolo" Łokuciewski, F/L Witold Urbanowicz, F/L Zygmunt Wodecki, (MO in dark uniform), Sgt Josef František, F/L John A "Johnny" Kent and F/O Ludwik W "Paszko" Paszkiewicz (left to right) of No 303 Squadron RAF rest in front of their dispersal hut at RAF Northolt in September 1940. Kent doubled as A flight commander with Urbanowicz from August and was also known as Kentski and Kentowski amongst his Polish comrades.

Thousands of RAF pilots fought against Germany during the Battle of Britain in but not all of them were British. These Polish airmen played an important part in the RAF’s victory in the summer of

WW2 - RAF pilots and groundcrew prepare a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain, outside London, 1940 - image © Time & Life Pictures

– RAF pilots and groundcrew prepare a Spitfire during the Battle of Britain, outside London, 1940 – image © Time & Life Pictures

UK - 1942 May, England, Wing Commander, No. 617 Squdron, RAF

UK - 1942 May, England, Wing Commander, No. 617 Squdron, RAF