RAF ace pilot Albert G. Lewis (R) adjusting parachute before take-off during Battle of Britain. | Location: United Kingdom | Date taken: October 1940 | Photographer: William Vandivert | LIFE Archive - Hosted by Google

RAF ace pilot Albert G. Lewis (R) adjusting parachute before take-off during Battle of Britain. | Location: United Kingdom | Date taken: October 1940 | Photographer: William Vandivert | LIFE Archive - Hosted by Google

The Ju 57 Stuka dive bomber. It was the scourge of the Battle of France but suffered terrible casualties in the Battle of Britain. So much so that after 18th August 1940 it was withdrawn from the battle entirely.

The Ju 57 Stuka dive bomber. It was the scourge of the Battle of France but suffered terrible casualties in the Battle of Britain. So much so that after 18th August 1940 it was withdrawn from the battle entirely.

The Battle of Britain Memorial (detail of pilots) stands on the Embankment, close to Westminster Bridge in London

The Battle of Britain Memorial (detail of pilots) stands on the Embankment, close to Westminster Bridge in London

Note the dark circles under the eyes caused by exhaustion and the defiant stance of this RAF pilot.  He flew in The Battle of Britain and kept Hitler from crossing the Channel.

Note the dark circles under the eyes caused by exhaustion and the defiant stance of this RAF pilot. He flew in The Battle of Britain and kept Hitler from crossing the Channel.

Battle of Britain pilot NEVILLE  DUKE , who later broke the World Air Speed record, pictured with his Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941 by Cecil Beaton. (rw)

Battle of Britain pilot NEVILLE DUKE , who later broke the World Air Speed record, pictured with his Spitfire at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941 by Cecil Beaton. (rw)

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