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Johnny Johnson (Wing Commander James E Johnson) The top RAF fighter ace shooting down 38 German planes. Seen here with his pet Labrador Sally - Battle of Britain 1940

peerintothepast: “Johnny Johnson (Wing Commander James E Johnson): The top RAF fighter ace, shooting down 38 German planes. Seen here with his pet labrador Sally - Battle of Britain 1940 ”

Best British flying ace of World War II, James 'Johnny' Johnson (James Edgar Johnson, 1915 - 2001) with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.IX (Supermarine Spitfire Mk.IX). Johnson first combat missions completed in December 1940 as part of 616 Squadron. During the patrol raids over occupied Europe, he claimed his first victory confirmed June 26, 1941 brought down to 'Spitfire» Mk.IIA Bf.109E German fighter over northern France

Best British flying ace of World War II, James “Johnny” Johnson (James Edgar Johnson, 1915 - with a Labrador named Sally. In the background Spitfire fighter Mk.

Adolph Gysbert Malan, DSO & Bar, DFC & Bar (24 Mar 1910 – 17 Sep 1963), better known as 'Sailor' Malan, was a famed South African WW II RAF fighter pilot who led No. 74 Sqdn RAF during the height of the Battle of Britain. Malan was known for sending German bomber pilots home with dead crews as a warning to other Luftwaffe crews. Under his leadership No. 74 became one of the RAF's best units. Malan scored 27 kills, seven shared destroyed, three probably destroyed and 16 damaged.

The Battle of Britain, the role of Sailor Malan and other South Africans, Politics, personalities and perspective

The Passion of Former Days: Wartime Pets Part Four

Pilot Officers Jan Zumbach (left) and Miroslaw Feric, two Polish fighter pilot aces playing with the Squadron’s mascot - Battle of Britain 1940

RAF No. 71 'Eagle' Squadron pilot Gus Daymond preparing for take-off, he was an ace with 6 victories.

Eagle Squadrons were made up of American volunteers. They joined the RAF while the USA stayed neutral.

The Allies' first air ace of WW2, New Zealander Flying Officer Edgar. ("Cobber") Kain was one of the greatest legends of the first year of the war. His successes in the air, coupled with his warm personality and charm, made him the media's favourite airman of late 1939 and early 1940.    He served with No. 73 Squadron, RAF, in France, where he is officially credited with shooting down 14 German aircraft between November 1939 and June 1940.

The Allies' first air ace of New Zealander Flying Officer Edgar. ("Cobber") Kain was one of the greatest legends of the first year of the war.

Major James Goodson (1921-May 1, 2014) destroyed 30 enemy aircraft, the third most for any American pilot. He survived the September 3, 1939 sinking of the unarmed British passenger ship SS Athenia, and he flew fighters as a member of an RAF Eagle Squadron made up of American volunteers before the U.S. entered the war. He later joined the U.S. Army Air Force. In June 1944, he was shot down and captured but escaped and made his way back to Allied lines. Note both his RAF and U.S. wings.

Major James Goodson destroyed 30 enemy aircraft, the third…

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a recipient of the Medal of Honor in the U.S. Army Air Forces (USAAF) during WW2. He was the USA's highest-scoring air ace. While flying his P-38 Lightning, Bong shot down at least 40 Japanese aircraft.

Photos: Richard Bong remembered as America's top war pilot

America's top war pilot: Richard Ira "Dick" Bong was a fighter pilot and a…

Fokker  G-1 'The Reaper' production version with either 2 x Bristol Mercury VIII of Pratt & Whitney Twin-Wasp SB4-G engines.

The Fokker G.I was a Dutch heavy twin-engined fighter plane comparable in size and role to the German Messerschmitt Bf 110 and the British Mosquito.

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