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Wing Commander Lance Cleo "Wildcat" Wade DSO, DFC & Two Bars (1915 – 12 January 1944) was an American pilot who joined the Royal Air Force (RAF) during World War II and became a flying ace. He remained with RAF until his death in a flying accident in 1944 in Italy. In 30 fights for which he made claims he was credited with 23 victories (including two shared), one probable, and 13 damaged.

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Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 Mar 1910 – 17 Sep 1963), better known as 'Sailor' Malan, was a famed South African WW II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Sqdn RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Malan was known for sending German bomber pilots home with dead crews as a warning to other Luftwaffe crews. Under his leadership No. 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.

Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 Mar 1910 – 17 Sep 1963), better known as 'Sailor' Malan, was a famed South African WW II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Sqdn RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Malan was known for sending German bomber pilots home with dead crews as a warning to other Luftwaffe crews. Under his leadership No. 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.

Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 Mar 1910 – 17 Sep 1963), better known as 'Sailor' Malan, was a famed South African WW II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Sqdn RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Malan was known for sending German bomber pilots home with dead crews as a warning to other Luftwaffe crews. Under his leadership No. 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.

The Battle of Britain, the role of Sailor Malan and other South Africans, Politics, personalities and perspective

Pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No. 149 RAF Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in 1941. The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of 28.

A portrait of the pilot and co-pilot in the cockpit of their No 149 Squadron Wellington bomber, probably at RAF Mildenhall in The pilot is David Donaldson, who was promoted to Wing Commander in 1943 at the age of Photo by Cecil Beaton

Squadron Leader Edgar "Johnnie" Johnson, RAF, in the cockpit of has Supermarine Spitfire. Johnson was the highest scoring Allied fighter pilot of World War II. He flew 515 sorties and scored 34 airplanes destroyed, 7 shared destroyed, 3 probables and 10 damaged. All of his victories were against fighters.

Air Vice Marshal James "Johnnie" Johnson was a noted British fighter pilot during World War II. The Royal Air Force's top scorer against the Luftwaffe, Johnnie Johnson flew throughout the war. After World War II, Johnson saw service during the Korean War.

Villagers from Humbie, in East Lothian, gather to inspect the wreckage of a Luftwaffe Heinkel He111 (1939)

A large crowd gathers around a downed German Heinkel He 111 bomber near the village of Humbie. The Heinkel was the first Luftwaffe aircraft to be brought down on British soil during the war.

BRITISH ARMY – 1945 June, Malaya, Firefighting Private, South-East Asia Command United Kingdom – 1940, Battle Of Britain, Pilot, RAF United States – 1941 Dec., Wake Island, Private, 1st Marine Defence Battalion

World War II Uniforms - United Kingdom – 1945 June, Malaya, Firefighting…

Photo: The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was 20. The strain they were under is clearly written on the face of Squadron Leader B J E 'Sandy' Lane (centre), pictured here aged 23. He was killed in combat 2 years later

"The average age of an RAF pilot in 1940 was The strain they were under is clearly written on the face of Squadron Leader Brian “Sandy" Lane pictured here aged He was killed in combat 2 years later." Click through for a wonderful site, Historical Times.

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