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Nancy Nesbit, Pilot Trainee in Women's Flying Training Detachment, Sweetwater, TX

Interesting Photos of Women in World War II Nancy Nesbit, a pilot trainee in the Women's Flying Training Detachment checks with the control tower from the cockpit of her single engine Army trainer at Avenger Field in Texas

WWII British RAF "Ace" Pilot Johnnie Johnson Downs 32nd Plane

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WWII British RAF "Ace" Pilot Johnnie Johnson Downs 32nd Plane

F/O Jacobus J "Chris" Le Roux, posing with Spitfire Mk Vb DL-T at RAF Hawkinge in mid-1941, was one the highest scoring aces of No 91 Squadron RAF. The South African destroyed 8 enemy aircraft during 200 operational sorties before joining No 111 Squadron RAF in North Africa. He was awarded the DFC in October and a Bar in December 1942.

Rommel, Erwin Johannes Eugen, born in Heidenheim, Germany, wanted to study engineering but his father disapproved so in 1910 he joined the German Army. By the outbreak of the First World War Rommel had reached the rank of lieutenant.

Heinkel 177 pilot and co-pilot both wearing  summer flying helmets LKp S 100. Pilot has shatterproof goggles and a harness with central connecting box for parachute 30 I, worn over winter flying suit KW 1/33.

German Heinkel 177 pilot and co-pilot both wearing summer flying helmets LKp S Pilot has shatterproof goggles and a harness with central connecting box for parachute 30 I, worn over winter flying suit KW

Portrait of Rene Mouchotte, a Free French pilot who flew with the RAF after escaping from France in 1940.

AUG 1 1942 Spitfires escort bombers over the North Sea Portrait of Rene Mouchotte the Free French pilot who flew with the RAF after escaping from France in

See Comments below - apparently this is NOT Robin Olds (July 14, 1922 – June 14, 2007) was an American fighter pilot and general officer in the U.S. Air Force. He was a "triple ace", with a combined total of 16 victories in World War II and the Vietnam War. He retired in 1973 as a brigadier general.

Robin Olds (July 1922 – June was an American fighter pilot and…

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.

A month after No 603 Squadron RAF had been becoming active from RAF Hornchurch, P/O Philip M "Pip" Cardell was believed to have been wounded in an engagement over the Channel on 27 September, bailing out at 500ft just off-shore at Folkestone. Failing to attract attention to his friend's plight by making low passes over the harbour, P/O Peter G Dexter bellied his Spitfire Mk I on the beach, commandeered a boat and headed for the 23-year-old pilot, only to bring his body ashore.

A month after No 603 Squadron RAF had been becoming active from RAF Hornchurch, P/O Philip M "Pip" Cardell was believed to have been wounded in an engagement over the Channel on 27 September, bailing out at 500ft just off-shore at Folkestone. Failing to attract attention to his friend's plight by making low passes over the harbour, P/O Peter G Dexter bellied his Spitfire Mk I on the beach, commandeered a boat and headed for the 23-year-old pilot, only to bring his body ashore.

Cecil Beaton's photo of Lt. David Donaldson, 1941

Dressed to impress: Smartly-dressed Flight Lieutenant David Donaldson of No 149 squadron RAF poses for a Beaton portrait, while right, a wren serving with the crew of a harbour launch in Portsmouth, 1941

1940's RAF flying boots

1940's RAF flying boots

Karel Kuttelwascher (1916) - Czech fighter pilot, a flying ace of the UK's Royal Air Force in World War II. He belonged to the most successful RAF pilots of Czech nationality. #Czechia #Czechoslovakia

Karel Kuttelwascher - Czech fighter pilot, a flying ace of the UK's Royal Air Force in World War II. He belonged to the most successful RAF pilots of Czech nationality.

Two Duxford-based Battle of Britain pilots. Squadron Leader Douglas Bader, commanding No. 242 (Canadian) Squadron, with Major Alexander 'Sasha' Hess, CO of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron, outside the Officers Mess building, Duxford, Cambridgeshire. October 1940.

RAF pilots-Squadron Leader Douglas Bader - commanding No. 242 (Canadian) Squadron, with Major Alexander ‘Sasha’ Hess - CO of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron, outside the Officers Mess building, Duxford, Cambridgeshire.

Squadron Leader Marmaduke Thomas St. John "Pat" Pattle DFC & Bar (3 July 1914—20 April 1941) was a South African-born Second World War fighter pilot and flying ace—an aviator credited with the destruction of five or more enemy aircraft in aerial combat—of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Pattle is believed to be the most successful Western Allied fighter pilot of the war.  Credited with 51 Aerial Victories.

Squadron Leader Marmaduke Thomas St. John "Pat" Pattle DFC & Bar (3 July 1914—20 April 1941) was a South African-born Second World War fighter pilot and flying ace—an aviator credited with the destruction of five or more enemy aircraft in aerial combat—of the Royal Air Force (RAF). Pattle is believed to be the most successful Western Allied fighter pilot of the war. Credited with 51 Aerial Victories.

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.

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.
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