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31 A German aircraft drops its load of bombs above England, during an attack on September 20, 1940. (AP Photo) #

31 A German aircraft drops its load of bombs above England, during an attack on September 20, 1940. (AP Photo) #

In 1916, the Dorand Avion de Reconnaissance 1, a two-seater reconnaissance plane, replaced the aging fleet of Farman F.40 pushers. The Dorand AR.1 had back-staggered wings but was equipped with a more powerful engine.  French observation squadrons began receiving the new biplane in April 1917. It was soon followed by an improved version, the Dorand AR.2. By the end of World War I, as many as 18 French observation squadrons on the Western and Italian fronts were equipped with ARs.

In 1916, the Dorand Avion de Reconnaissance 1, a two-seater reconnaissance plane, replaced the aging fleet of Farman F.40 pushers. The Dorand AR.1 had back-staggered wings but was equipped with a more powerful engine. French observation squadrons began receiving the new biplane in April 1917. It was soon followed by an improved version, the Dorand AR.2. By the end of World War I, as many as 18 French observation squadrons on the Western and Italian fronts were equipped with ARs.

Soldiers carrying off the tail of a Messerschmitt 110, which was shot down by fighter planes in Essex, England, on September 3, 1940. (AP Photo)

Soldiers carrying off the tail of a Messerschmitt 110, which was shot down by fighter planes in Essex, England, on September 3, 1940. (AP Photo)

European Center of Military History; 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division (Battle Babies 1944-1945) | EUCMH | Page 4

European Center of Military History; 393rd Infantry Regiment, 99th Infantry Division (Battle Babies 1944-1945) | EUCMH | Page 4

Hundreds of people, many of whom have lost their homes through bombing, now use the caves in Hastings, a south-east English town as their nightly refuge. Special sections are reserved for games and recreation, and several people have "set up house", bringing their own furniture and sleeping on their own beds. Photo taken on December 12, 1940. (AP Photo)

Hundreds of people, many of whom have lost their homes through bombing, now use the caves in Hastings, a south-east English town as their nightly refuge. Special sections are reserved for games and recreation, and several people have "set up house", bringing their own furniture and sleeping on their own beds. Photo taken on December 12, 1940. (AP Photo)

All that remains of a German bomber brought down on the English south-east coast, on July 13, 1940. The aircraft is riddled with bullet holes and its machine guns were twisted out of action.

All that remains of a German bomber brought down on the English south-east coast, on July 13, 1940. The aircraft is riddled with bullet holes and its machine guns were twisted out of action.

The tail of a shot down Dornier Do.17 fell on the roof of a house in London. The rest of the German aircraft fell in a different area of ​​the city, near London Victoria Station.

The tail of a shot down Dornier Do.17 fell on the roof of a house in London. The rest of the German aircraft fell in a different area of ​​the city, near London Victoria Station.

This smiling girl, dirtied but apparently not injured, was assisted across a London street on October 23, 1940, after she was rescued from the debris of a building damaged by a bomb attack in a German daylight raid. (AP Photo)

This smiling girl, dirtied but apparently not injured, was assisted across a London street on October 23, 1940, after she was rescued from the debris of a building damaged by a bomb attack in a German daylight raid. (AP Photo)

07 Barrage balloons come down in flames after being shot by German war planes Kent England August 30 1940 01

07 Barrage balloons come down in flames after being shot by German war planes Kent England August 30 1940 01

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