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Four ground crew of No. 134 Squadron RAF load a 500-lb GP bomb, - inscribed with a Christmas message for the enemy, - beneath the wing of "Jungle Queen", a Republic Thunderbolt Mark II, at Ratnap, Burma. The airmen are (left to right): Leading Aircraftman James Rich of Glasgow, Aircraftman Cecil Cox of Ironbridge, Shropshire, Leading Aircraftman Richard Dunning and Aircraftman Edward Price of Tonypandy.

AMERICAN AIRCRAFT ROYAL AIR FORCE SERVICE 1939-1945 MARTIN MODEL 187 BALTIMORE (ATP 9982B) Baltimore Mark III, AG837, at Boscombe Down, Wiltshire. Following handling trials at the Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, AG837 was delivered to the Middle East for operational service.

ROYAL NAVAL AIR SERVICE RNAS 1914-1918 (Q 27488) Three members of crew at work on the starboard engine gantry of a Royal Navy Air Service North Sea (N.S.) type non-rigid airship during an anti-submarine patrol off the British coast circa 1918. None appear to be wearing a safety line. On the upper level the mechanic is standing next to his compartment from which he controlled the 240HP Fiat engines. On the lower level a gunner mans his gun.

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AMERICAN AIRCRAFT RAF SERVICE 1939-1945 CURTIS HAWK 87A KITTYHAWK (ATP 10932C) Kittyhawk Mark IIA, FL220, on the ground at Hamble, Hampshire after erection by Air Service Training Ltd. This aircraft, unusually for the type, remained in Great Britain throughout its service life, flying with Aeroplane and Armament Experimental Establishment, the Handling Squadron and Empire Central Flying School, and was finally returned to Air Service Training Ltd.

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AMERICAN AIRCRAFT RAF SERVICE 1939-1945 LOCKHEED L-214 L-414 HUDSON (ATP 10926B) Hudson Mark IV, AE628, on the ground at Eastleigh, Hampshire, following erection by Cunliffe Owen Aircraft Ltd. This aircraft served with Nos. 206 and 200 Squadrons RAF, and later with the Air Transport Auxiliary.

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Bomber Command memorial: The RAF bombers of the Second World War

Avro Lancaster Mk. I on ground, engine fitters at work on starboard engine at RAF Bottesford