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Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset, 2 September 1943.

"So much effort, so little credit." KB Armourers of the Women's Royal Naval Service (WRNS) re-arm a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset, 2 September

Women's Royal Naval Service: Wren Air Mechanics feeding ammunition into the Browning gun of a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset. Hangars are seen in the background

WOMEN WAR 1939 - 1945 (TR Object description Women's Royal Naval Service: Wren Air Mechanics feeding ammunition into the Browning gun of a Hawker Hurricane aircraft at the Fleet Air Arm airfield at Yeovilton, Somerset. Hangars are seen in the background.

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‘Titch’ Pyne, pilot with 73 Sqn. watches re-arming Browning MGs of his Mk I.

A member of the Women’s Royal Naval Service (Britain)

Some women joined the Women's Royal Naval Service, freeing British sailors for combat duty by taking on home front jobs, like this WREN, an armorer at a Scottish Royal Air Force Base aiming a standard Lee-Enfield service rifle.

War heroes: Squadron Leader M L Robinson of No 609 Squadron RAF sits on the wing of his Hawker Hurricane at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941 for a relaxed portrait picture by  Cecil Beaton. (rw)

The Second World War, by Cecil Beaton: The film star photographer turned his lens to gritty reality with stunning effect

War heroes: Squadron Leader Michael Lister Robinson of No 609 Squadron RAF sits on the wing of his Hawker Hurricane at RAF Biggin Hill in 1941 for a relaxed portrait picture by Cecil Beaton.

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An RAF sergeant assists pilot Chesley Peterson, Eagle Squadron, in securing his parachute before entering a Hawker Hurricane.

Members of No.1 Squadron RCAF ground crew tend to a Hawker Hurricane. While Leading Aircraftman P.J. Thurgeon removes the port wheel, because of faulty brakes, Sergeant Bob Fair checks to see if the craft should go into maintenance to be repaired.

Members of Squadron RCAF ground crew tend to a Hawker Hurricane. While Leading Aircraftman P. Thurgeon removes the port wheel, because of faulty brakes, Sergeant Bob Fair checks to see if the craft should go into maintenance to be repaired.

Vehicle tenders of No. 53 Repair and Salvage Unit, transport salvaged Hawker Hurricane fuselages through the Western Desert for repair at the Hurricane Repair Section, Helwan, Egypt.

Vehicle tenders of No. 53 Repair and Salvage Unit, transport salvaged Hawker Hurricane fuselages through the Western Desert for repair at the Hurricane Repair Section, Helwan, Egypt. Pin by Paolo Marzioli

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Early Hurricane cockpit colours (as per Airfix instruction)

Sergeant B Furst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF is greeted by the squadron mascot on returning to Duxford, Cambridgeshire, after a sortie in his Hawker Hurricane Mark I.

Sergeant B Furst of No. 310 (Czechoslovak) Squadron RAF is greeted by the squadron mascot on returning to Duxford, Cambridgeshire, after a sortie in his Hawker Hurricane Mark I.

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