The RAF vs the Axis

Literally, the war flies on. These pages contain latest photographs showing the aerial warriors of both sides in action, in victory and defeat.

pp 18-19

Commander of an RAF squadron of Hurricanes, this pilot has been credited with 23 Germans (swastikas on fuselage) and holds the DFC.

About to take off from carrier above are Blackburn Skua dive bombers. Also aboard are Fairey Swordfish torpedo planes (right) that torpedoed and sank Italian warships in harbor of Taranto.

These German mechanics are patching over bullet holes in Me-109 made by Spitfire.

Each of the 54 bars on the tail of this Messerschmitt marks a shot-down British plane.

Bombs dropping from the Italian Savoia-Marchetti SM-79s above are destined for the British base at Malta. Bombardier (right) releases bombs with register-like device.


p 20

German and British fighters in combat high over London left these white trails. The substance is cloud-like vapor formed by engines' exhaust, causing atmosphere condensation at certain altitudes.

This RAF pilot flew his ship 36 miles in this condition and landed safely. A Messerschmitt shot away almost all of his Hurricane's tail with its aircraft cannon.

These are the four .303-caliber machine guns in the power turret of RAF bomber.

Numbers of Italian Cant patrol seaplanes (below) have been reported shot down in the Mediterranean.


p 21

Junkers Ju-52s like those above generally are used by German parachute troops. The Ju-52 is an old airliner widely used in Europe; some are in use in South America. They can carry 17 soldiers.

This unusual picture shows a Nazi warplane packed inside an Italian bomber.

First Italian bomber shot down in England was this Fiat BR-20. This ship was powered with 1,000-hp Fiat engines, had three guns. Note American-built propeller.

Below is first production Consolidated PBY for RAF. Unusual gun blister first was shown in April, 1940, issue.


p 22

Many bombers being used against Italians by Greeks are French Potez monoplanes. Almost all Greek warplanes were bought from the Allies.

A closeup view of a 20-mm rapid-fire cannon on a Nazi Me-109 is afforded above. Pilot’s mascot is a lion cub.

Shot down by RAF fighters in Africa, this Italian Savoia-Marchetti bomber is going to junk heap.

British air gunners practice by shooting dummy gun at Nazi plane models (note wide selection)


p 23

This rare action photograph, taken from another German bomber, shows a British Spitfire banking under a Dornier Do-215 raider after firing burst.

One of the war's most striking pictures is that at right showing falling Hurricane with wing shot off and pilot bailing out (top center).

Among newest German warplanes is the Focke-Wulf FW-158 twin-engined fighter below. It is in class of Me-110. Note guns along fuselage.

An officer of the RAF bomber command (below) is pinning tiny flags on a map of the European continent in spots where British bombers have raided Nazi objectives. Notice marked targets in northern Italy.


This pictorial article was first published in the March, 1941, issue of Flying and Popular Aviation magazine, vol 28, no 3, pp 18-23.
The original article is six pages of captioned photos.
Each page image is linked above. Because the file is so large taken together, the pages are presented as an [ HTML ] page.
The article includes 23 captioned photos.
Photos credited on the images: British Combine, Black Star, Schostal, International, Acme.