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Commander: Mr Dibbs, who has snapped Concorde, the Red Arrows and F16 planes before, praised the skill of the Spitfire pilots to fly in formation

The fighter plane was being piloted by Flight Officer Peter Cazenove over Dunkirk when it was hit by a single bullet from a German Dornier bomber

Fierce: Mk 3 Seafire PP972 (left), the Royal Navy version of the Spitfire built for Aircraft carriers and powered by a Rolls Royce Merlin engine

New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.

Supermarine Spitfire Mk VB, BL581 "Moesi-llir" of No 313 Squadron, Hornchurch, 8 April 1942

CH A Czech Spitfire pilot of No 313 Squadron in conversation with his rigger and fitter at Hornchurch 8 April His aircraft is Moesi-llir a Mk VB presented by the Netherlands East Indies Fund

A sign painter by profession, Sgt Karel Pavlík of No 313 Squadron RAF applies the personal emblem of F/L Václav Hájek onto Spitfire MkVb RY-K at RAF Fairlop in 1942. The good luck the Czech inscription on the fuselage bodes struck on 10 April when Hájek claimed a probable Fw 190 while flying the aircraft. Pavlík fared less well on 5 May, when he was shot down in flames northeast of Lille and killed, aged 23.

A sign painter by profession, Sgt Karel Pavlík of No 313 Squadron RAF applies the personal emblem of F/L Václav Hájek onto Spitfire MkVb RY-K at RAF Fairlop in 1942. The good luck the Czech inscription on the fuselage bodes struck on 10 April when Hájek claimed a probable Fw 190 while flying the aircraft. Pavlík fared less well on 5 May, when he was shot down in flames northeast of Lille and killed, aged 23.

That's why they call it a Spitfire!

That's why they call it a Spitfire! The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after World War II.

747 cockpit view of landing at night

Flight Deck - night landing_I got to fly in the cock pit and do this once! Nice of the pilot to invite me! So great an experience and one not to be forgotten.