"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few..." (Churchill) This part of the speech refers to the ongoing efforts of the Royal Air Force pilots who were at the time fighting the Battle of Britain, the pivotal air battle with the German Luftwaffe with Britain expecting a German invasion.
A Gloster Javelin FAW.9R (XH890) of No 23 Squadron banking away from the camera clearly showing the identification markers and the missile complement of De Havilland Firestreak infra-red homing air-to-air missiles. This aircraft is flying from No. 23 Squadron's base at RAF Coltishall, Norfolk. From the IWM collection THE ROYAL AIR FORCE 1950 - 1967 shared under the IWM Non Commercial Licence.