In another life
When the Mosquito entered production in 1941, it was one of the fastest operational aircraft in the world.Entering widespread service in 1942, the Mosquito first operated as a high-speed, high-altitude photo-reconnaissance aircraft, and continued to operate in this role throughout the war.
Douglas Bader was a famous fighter pilot from World War Two who had twenty-two kills credited to him. He flew and fought in the Battle of Britain with no legs – the result of a pre-war plane crash. Bader was an outstanding sportsman; when young he played rugby union for Harlequins, who are still an active club, at fly-half. He came close to English national team selection.
At the time of the Battle of Britain RAF fighter pilots were idolised by the public. These "Knights of the Air", or "the Few" as they came to be known, were regarded as heroes for the way they fought off the onslaught of the mighty Luftwaffe. The "hero" of "Agent of the Reich" has a somewhat less glamorous - though still important - job: he works for Balloon Command, the RAF department that organised the barrage balloon defences.
The Avro Lancaster was a British four-engined Second World War heavy bomber designed and built by Avro for the Royal Air Force. It first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and, as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF. The "Lanc", as it was affectionately known, delivered 608,612 tons of bombs in 156,000 sorties.
British Bomber "Lancaster» (Avro 683 Lancaster) No. R5689 (VN-N) of 50 Squadron Royal Air Force flying over Swinderby, England. The "Lanc" first saw active service with RAF Bomber Command in 1942 and, as the strategic bombing offensive over Europe gathered momentum, it became the main heavy bomber used by the RAF, the RCAF, and squadrons from other Commonwealth and European countries serving within the RAF. The "Lanc" became the most famous and most successful of WW2 night bombers.