World War Two (1939-1945)

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Exploits of 500 Squadron Avro Ansons over Dunkirk

While the cry of many of the troops stuck on the beaches at Dunkirk was ‘Where are the RAF?”, 500 Squadron and its near-obsolete Avro Anson Mk.Is were there in the thick of it. Robin Brooks recalls some of the unit’s most notable combat exploits during Operation Dynamo

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Spitfire export gets Turkish scheme

Following its arrival in Turkey on 27 May, Ali Ismet Öztürk’s recently acquired Supermarine Spitfire IX TE517/G-RYIX had been painted into Turkish Air Force markings at the MSÖ Air & Space Museum at Sivrihisar, 85 miles south-west of Ankara, by mid-June.

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Lake Michigan Grumman Wildcat restored for display

Staff at the Air Zoo in Kalamazoo, Michigan, have completed an 11-year restoration of Grumman FM-2 Wildcat 57039 (also see May 2024 issue of FlyPast).

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Catalina to visit Scotland to honour VC pilots

To commemorate the 80th anniversary of two Catalina pilots being awarded the Victoria Cross in 1944, PBY-5A Catalina, G-PBYA, is to visit a number of locations in Scotland.

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Last of the World War Two VCs

At the time of writing former RAF Coastal Command pilot John Cruickshank is approaching his 104th birthday. FlyPast presents a tribute to the last living recipient to have been awarded the VC during World War Two

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Spitfires leave UK for Australia and Turkey

The only single-seat Spitfire VIII in the UK, Maxi Gainza’s MV154/G-BKMI was flown from Duxford to Sywell on 4 May for dismantling ready for export to a new owner in Australia, where it is understood it will be repainted soon after arrival.

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Curtiss P-40E Warhawk makes public debut in Belgium

Curtiss P-40E Warhawk OO-WHK made its first public flying appearance in Belgium during the annual Stampe Fly-in at Antwerp-Deurne airport on 11 May.

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D-Day Postal Hurricanes

Although the Hurricane was relegated to minor roles on D-Day, the veteran type played a significant part by delivering mail in the days that followed, as Andrew Thomas recounts

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Veteran reunited with Stow Maries Tiger Moth

RAF veteran Flt Lt John Cooper celebrated an impressive anniversary at Stow Maries Great War Aerodrome in Essex on April 14.

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Photo-recce Spitfire ops on D-Day

Photo-recce Spitfire pilots were not put off by poor weather, risking their lives to capture vital intelligence on D-Day, as Andrew Thomas describes