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René Mouchotte had disobeyed orders after the fall of France and fled to Britain to join the RAF. Free French pilots eventually formed an all French Squadron led by Mouchotte.

AUG 27 1943 French hero Rene Mouchotte’s last flight Rene Mouchotte had disobeyed orders after the fall of France and fled to Britain to join the RAF. Free French pilots eventually formed an all French Squadron led by Mouchotte.

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a recipient of the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) during WW2. He was the USA's highest-scoring air ace. While flying his P-38 Lightning, Bong shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft.

Photos: Richard Bong remembered as America's top war pilot

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a…

The Allies' first air ace of WW2, New Zealander Flying Officer Edgar. ("Cobber") Kain was one of the greatest legends of the first year of the war. His successes in the air, coupled with his warm personality and charm, made him the media's favourite airman of late 1939 and early 1940.    He served with No. 73 Squadron, RAF, in France, where he is officially credited with shooting down 14 German aircraft between November 1939 and June 1940.

The Allies' first air ace of New Zealander Flying Officer Edgar. ("Cobber") Kain was one of the greatest legends of the first year of the war.

P/O Frederick S Watson joined No 112 Squadron RCAF on 8 September 1940 shortly after arriving in Britain. He was in a batch of Canadian pilots sent to No 6 OTU at RAF Sutton Bridge to convert to the Hurricane Mk I on 21 September. He was posted to No 3 Squadron RAF on 5 October, moving on to No 1 Squadron RCAF at RAF Castletown on 21 October.

P/O Frederick S Watson joined No 112 Squadron RCAF on 8 September 1940 shortly after arriving in Britain. He was in a batch of Canadian pilots sent to No 6 OTU at RAF Sutton Bridge to convert to the Hurricane Mk I on 21 September. He was posted to No 3 Squadron RAF on 5 October, moving on to No 1 Squadron RCAF at RAF Castletown on 21 October.

S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross (left) sits on the wing of Hurricane Mk I LK-O with pilots of No 46 Squadron RAF at RAF Digby on 2 November 1939, following a visit of King George VI to the station. While the royal inspection was still underway, the pilots were ordered to its forward base at RAF North Coates, from which they returned the same evening, with the exception of Red Section. The aircraft from No 87 Squadron RAF was collected by a pilot from the Ferry Pool and flown for service in…

S/L Kenneth BB "Bing" Cross (left) sits on the wing of Hurricane Mk I LK-O with…

After being shot down in action with Ju 88 bombers south of Tunbridge Wells on 11 September 1940, P/O William Tower-Perkins of No 238 Squadron RAF bailed out of his Hurricane Mk I, wounded and burned, and was admitted to Tunbridge Wells Hospital. Later transferred to the Queen Victoria Hospital, East Grinstead, he was a founder member and the first secretary of the Guinea Pig Club.

Events of 13 July including successes by German surface raiders Atlantis, Thor and Widder.

Billy Fiske was the first American to be killed in action during World War II. He joined the British Royal Air Force and died fighting Nazis in 1940 in the Battle of Britain, long before FDR ever asked Congress for a declaration of war.

Billy Fiske The epitaph on his grave reads, "An American citizen who died that England might live.

Pilots of RAF 601 Squadron - Battle of Britain - 1940

British Hurricane pilots, It was men like this, with an average age of 20 years, who helped hold off the Nazi invasion when Britain stood alone. Winston Churchill stated, "Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few.

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