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.
The de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito - a British multi-role combat aircraft w a 2 man crew that served during the WWII & the postwar era. The Mosquito entered production in 1941 & was 1 of the fastest operational aircraft in the world. Used as low- to medium-altitude daytime tactical bomber, high-altitude night bomber, pathfinder, day or night fighter, fighter-bomber, intruder, maritime strike aircraft & fast photo-reconnaissance aircraft.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the RAF and many other Allied countries throughout World War II. The Spitfire's elliptical wing had a thin cross-section, allowing a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Speed was seen as essential to carry out the mission of home defence against enemy bombers.
RAF Spitfire pilots from WWII. During World Wars I and II, black recruits could be found in all branches of the Armed Forces; from black Britons who lived in the UK to West Indians and Caribbeans who travelled to the UK to support the fight for freedom. Estimates vary, but approximately 16,000 men from the Caribbean volunteered to fight for Britain in World War I, and thousands more in World War II.In RAF in World War II, there over 17,500 male and female volunteers from the West Indies…