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WWII pilots suit. A tad sinister this one but those full face masks were really necessary in aircraft that were often unheated.

WWII pilots suit, full face masks were necessary in aircraft that were often unheated.

1st Lieut William Case, Marine Attack Squadron VMF-214, 'Black Sheep', at Russell Islands, 5 Oct 43. With 8 kills, 22 y/o Case was the 3rd highest scoring Black Sheep, and maybe the luckiest. Like most pilots in Aug 1943 he only served w/ VMF-214 one tour. His last day in combat, 18 Oct, Case - a short guy - lowered his seat from the normal position of fully elevated. The only time he did so. A bullet from a 'Zero' fighter smashed thru the cockpit, and just bloodied his scalp. He died 1995.

Lieut William Case, Marine Attack Squadron 'Black Sheep', at…

A boy offers his toy plane to the RAF after a national request for scrap metal for the making of warplanes (ca. 1940)

A boy offers his toy plane to a RAF man after a national request for scrap metal for the making of aeroplanes,

F/O John C Martin was one of the pilots operating the Battle Mk I who volunteered for RAF Fighter Command after the fall of France in 1940. In August, the New Zealander came from No 226 Squadron RAF to join No 32 Squadron RAF at RAF Acklington on 3 September, moving to No 257 Squadron RAF at RAF Martlesham Heath on 17 September.

F/O John C Martin was one of the pilots operating the Battle Mk I who volunteered for RAF Fighter Command after the fall of France in 1940. In August, the New Zealander came from No 226 Squadron RAF to join No 32 Squadron RAF at RAF Acklington on 3 September, moving to No 257 Squadron RAF at RAF Martlesham Heath on 17 September.

WWII British Fighter Pilot - Francis GabreskiFigure Review by Brett Green (Ultracast 1/35)

WWII British Fighter Pilot - Francis GabreskiFigure Review by Brett Green (Ultracast 1/35)

Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, with the pilots of No. 242 Squadron, in front of his Hawker Hurricane at Duxford, September 1940.

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

Best British flying ace of World War II, James ‘Johnny’ Johnson with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.IX

Best British flying ace of World War II, James “Johnny” Johnson (James Edgar Johnson, 1915 - with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.

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