Sgt Otakar "Ota" Hrubý stands by Hurricane Mk I JU-P at RAF Dyce in 1940. On a combat practice flight 7 days after joining No 111 Squadron RAF at RAF Drem on 9 October, the 26-year-old Czech crashed on landing in a field at Turriff. Escaping slightly injured, he reported back to flying duties 9 days later.
Crewmen use a trolley accumulator to start up Hurricane Mk I SD-L at Bétheniville in 1940. The aircraft was flown by F/O Arthur D Pickup on a sector patrol with F/O Michael FC Smith in SD-O and F/Sgt Alfred A "Jammy" Payne in SD-P on 10 May to bring No 501 Squadron RAF its first victory. The 27-year-old Scotsman became separated during flight and engaged a Do 17 that he shot down 15m north of Vouziers at 18.30.
Operating from RAF Middle Wallop at 14.00hrs on 30 September 1940, P/O Robert A "Bob" Kings bailed out near Shaftesbury after a mid-air collision with P/O Vernon C Simmonds, both of No 238 Squadron RAF, during a routine patrol. The 25-year-old pilot was injured in a heavy landing as a result of a damaged parachute, which had ripped on the tail of Hurricane Mk I VK-D. He was admitted to hospital and rejoined on 15 November.
P/O Arthur V "Darky" Clowes climbs into Hurricane Mk I JX-B in a revetment at RAF Wittering in early October 1940. The aircraft was issued to No 1 Squadron RAF upon its return from France in mid-June and taken on charge by the 27-year-old pilot near the end of August. Flying the aircraft, he claimed 2 destroyed, 3 probables and 2 damaged from his total score of 10½ destroyed, 3½ probables and 2 damaged.
Crew of "M" for Mother, a Lancaster aircraft belonging to No. 467 Squadron RAAF in Bomber Command. The Squadron is based at RAF Station Waddington, and this crew is just preparing to take off on a raid over Berlin.