Maureen Dunlop de Popp, a female pilot who flew Spitfires, Lancasters and Hurricanes during the Second World War, has died aged 91. Dunlop joined the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) in 1942 and became one of a small group of female pilots based at White Waltham in Berkshire who were trained to fly 38 types of aircraft between factories and military airfields across the country.
Don McCullin is one of the greatest war photographers. This is just one of many, many of his images. They are stunning. http://www.guardian.co.uk/culture/2010/may/22/don-mccullin-southern-frontiers-interview http://www.nytimes.com/1997/10/30/style/30iht-don.t.html?pagewanted=all
Boudicca - Queen of the Iceni Celts under Roman rule. When her husband, King Prasutagus, died in 60AD, the Romans reneged on an earlier agreement & demanded Boudicca hand over her land & wealth. She refused & the Romans beat her & raped her daughters. In turn, Boudicca amassed & led a force of 100,000 warriors against the Roman army & very nearly defeated them... her army sacked London and held the Romans at bay for over 6 months... longer than any other military leader ever...
Albert Ball, decorated British flying ace during World War I. Died at the age of 20 while pursuing the brother of the infamous (and also dashing) Red Baron through a cloudbank. Submitted by agreeablecar