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World War Two Collection

"World War Two: A Glimpse into the Heroic Struggles and Triumphs" In 1942, amidst the chaos of World War Two, Winston Churchill stood tall

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945

Red army soldiers raising the soviet flag over the reichstag in berlin, germany, april 30, 1945, photo taken by vladimir grebnev

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942

Winston Churchill making his famous V for Victory sign, 1942. A typical gesture of defiance from Britains wartime Prime Minister. (Colorised black and white print)

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: A moment from the final sequence of Ice Cold In Alex (1957)

A moment from the final sequence of Ice Cold In Alex (1957)
with Anthony Quayle, Harry Andrews, Sylvia Syms and John Mills

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: de Havilland Mosquito FB. VI

de Havilland Mosquito FB. VI
Loading rockets onto a Mosquito FB.VI of 143 Squadron RAF, part of the Banff Strike Wing, February 1945

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: British battleship HMS King George V, Sydney, Australia, 1945

British battleship HMS King George V, Sydney, Australia, 1945. King George V after arriving from Tokyo where she had been present at the surrender of Japan

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023)

AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Spitfire aircraft flying over the White Cliffs of Dover, 1940s, (2023). British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images

AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). Creator: Heritage Images
AI IMAGE - Portrait of Alan Turing, 1950s, (2023). British mathematician, logician and code breaker Alan Turing (1912-1954) joined the Government Code and Cypher School at Bletchley Park

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Supermarine Spitfire V

Supermarine Spitfire V flown by Group Captain M.W.S. Robinson, station commander at RAF Northolt, 6 August 1943

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Avro Lancaster B. I PP967

Avro Lancaster B. I PP967
Avro Lancaster B.I PP967 on a test flight from Castle Bromwich, March 1945

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Supermarine Spitfire XIV

Supermarine Spitfire XIV (RB140) banking in flight

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Polish pilots of 303 Squadron, 1940

Polish pilots of 303 Squadron, 1940
John Alexander Kent and the Polish pilots of 303 Squadron walking away from Hawker Hurricane during the Battle of Britain, 1940

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: HMS Illustrious, 1942

HMS Illustrious, 1942
Illustrious class aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Hawker Hurricane IIc

Hawker Hurricane IIc night fighter of 87 Squadron RAF, 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Supermarine Spitfire Vb

Supermarine Spitfire Vb of 222 Squadron RAF, 4 May 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: de Havilland Mosquito B. XVI

de Havilland Mosquito B. XVI
de Havilland Mosquito B.XVI of 571 Squadron RAF, part of the Light Night Striking Force

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: De Havilland Mosquito B. XVI

De Havilland Mosquito B. XVI
De Havilland Mosquito B.XVI of 571 Squadron, RAF, 30 September 1944

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Handley Page Halifax bombers of 35 Squadron

Handley Page Halifax bombers of 35 Squadron
Two Handley Page Halifax II aircraft of 35 Squadron RAF, 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable at its moorings with another aircraft carrier in the distance

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress

Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress
Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress " A bit o lace" of the 709th Bombardment Squadron, 447th Bombardment Group, United States 8th Air Force

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Avro Lancaster

Avro Lancaster B.I aircraft of 207 Squadron RAF, 20 June 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX

Supermarine Spitfire Mk. IX
Supermarine Spitfire IX aircraft of 611 Squadron RAF in flight near Biggin Hill, 8 December 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Boarding a Wellington II of 104 Sqn

Boarding a Wellington II of 104 Sqn
Vickers Wellington II of 104 Squadron at RAF Driffield, aircrew boarding, September 1941

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Harvard I aircraft of 2 SFTS RAF

Harvard I aircraft of 2 SFTS RAF
North American Harvard I aircraft of 2 Service Flying Training Schoo, 1940

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: HMS Indomitable, 1943

HMS Indomitable, 1943
HMS Indomitable with a Supermarine Seafire Mk. IIC flying overhead, 1943

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Royal Engineers bomb disposal team at work, [Mar 1941]

Royal Engineers bomb disposal team at work, [Mar 1941]
Bognor Regis. The men are tying a rope around an unexploded bomb, which has come to rest several feet below a kale field near Shripney Road. The bomb fell on 19 March 1941

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Mustangs leaving the Mersey Tunnel

Mustangs leaving the Mersey Tunnel
Convoy of P-51 Mustang aircraft leaving the Mersey Tunnel, Liverpool

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Bristol Beaufort

Bristol Beaufort I of 217 Squadron RAF

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Short Stirling

Short Stirling I aircraft (N6096, N6067G, N3676) of 1651 Conversion Unit, RAF, in formation flight

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Handley Page Halifax III

Handley Page Halifax III, 28 January 1944

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Vickers Wellington II of 104 Sqn

Vickers Wellington II of 104 Sqn
Vickers Wellington II of 104 Squadron RAF in flight, 1941

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939

HMS Newcastle, Weymouth, 1939
Town Class cruiser HMS Newcastle

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Hawker Typhoon

Hawker Typhoon Ib (JP602) in flight over the Severn Estuary

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Westland Whirlwind I

Westland Whirlwind I, 20 April 1944

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Avro Anson

Avro Anson I being started at RAF North Weald, 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: De Havilland Mosquito FB. VI

De Havilland Mosquito FB. VI
De Havilland Mosquito FB.VI taking off from RAF Banff, February 1945

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Avro Lancaster II

Avro Lancaster II, 26 August 1943

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Spitfire VB of 222 Sqn

Spitfire VB of 222 Sqn
Supermarine Spitfire VB of 222 Squadron flying from RAF North Weald, 4 May 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Bristol Beaufighter IF of 25 Sqn

Bristol Beaufighter IF of 25 Sqn
Bristol Beaufighter IF of 25 Squadron RAF in 1940

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Stirling I bombers

Stirling I bombers
Short Stirling I bombers of 1651 Conversion Unit flying in formation, 29 April 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Wellingtons of 149 Squadron

Wellingtons of 149 Squadron
Vickers Wellington Mk. ICs (P9245 OJ-W and P9272 OJ-N) of 149 Squadron based at RAF Mildenhall, 1940

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Wellington I aircraft of 9 Squadron

Wellington I aircraft of 9 Squadron
Vickers Wellington I aircraft (L4288 KA-ZA, L4320 KA-B, and others) of 9 Squadron RAF in flight, Stradishall, 1939

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Vickers Wellington and 4000 lb bomb

Vickers Wellington and 4000 lb bomb
Manhandling a 4000 lb on its trolley in front of a Vickers Wellington III of 419 Squadron RCAF, RAF Mildenhall 27 May 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Supermarine Spitfire XI

Supermarine Spitfire XI, a photographic reconnaissance version, 17 October 1943

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Short Stirling

Short Stirling I aircraft of 1651 Heavy Conversion Unit RAF, 29 April 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: North American Mustang

North American Mustang I of 2 Squadron RAF, 24 July 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfires

Hawker Hurricane and Supermarine Spitfires of the Empire Central Flying School

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Handley Page Hampden

Handley Page Hampden I torpedo bomber of 455 Squadron RaF, 1942

Background imageWorld War Two Collection: Handley Page Halifax

Handley Page Halifax II of 35 Squadron RAF, 1942



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"World War Two: A Glimpse into the Heroic Struggles and Triumphs" In 1942, amidst the chaos of World War Two, Winston Churchill stood tall, his indomitable spirit shining through as he made his famous V for Victory sign. This symbolized hope and resilience in the face of adversity. The skies were ablaze with bravery as the Supermarine Spitfire V soared through enemy lines, its sleek design and powerful engine proving to be a formidable force against Nazi aggression. Alongside it, the Avro Lancaster B. I PP967 emerged as a true champion of the air, delivering devastating blows to German targets. On April 30th, 1945, history was forever etched when Red Army soldiers raised the Soviet flag over Berlin's Reichstag. Captured by Vladimir Grebnev's lens, this iconic photograph stands as a testament to their unwavering determination in liberating Germany from tyranny. Amidst these global struggles, Polish pilots from the renowned 303 Squadron took flight in 1940. Their courage knew no bounds as they fearlessly engaged enemy aircraft while flying their Supermarine Spitfire XIV planes – heroes defending freedom at all costs. At sea, HMS Illustrious sailed proudly in 1942; an aircraft carrier that played a pivotal role in protecting vital supply routes and launching relentless attacks on Axis forces. It became an emblem of British naval power during those turbulent times. Meanwhile, high above ground level flew Boeing B-17 Flying Fortress bombers - mighty machines raining destruction upon strategic targets with precision and might. These aerial behemoths struck fear into hearts across Europe. But not all victories required brute force alone; enter De Havilland Mosquito B. XVI – an agile marvel that silently infiltrated enemy territory under cover of darkness. Its stealthy missions brought critical intelligence back home safely.