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Fighters Collection

"Fighters: A Glimpse into the Heroic World of Courage and Determination" Prior to Coltishall's At Home day

Background imageFighters Collection: Free French - Honour the Maquis

Free French - Honour the Maquis. The Maquis were rural guerrilla bands of French Resistance fighters, called maquisards, during the Occupation of France in World War II Date: circa 1941

Background imageFighters Collection: Prior to Coltishalls At Home day

Prior to Coltishalls At Home day on the 20th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, September 1960. Six generations of RAF fighters line up together

Background imageFighters Collection: First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join

First to fight - Democracys vanguard US Marine Corps - Join now and test your courage - Real fighting with real fighters. Poster showing marines storming a beach. Date 1917

Background imageFighters Collection: Spitfires and Hurricanes Flying in Formation Over Lincolnshire

Spitfires and Hurricanes Flying in Formation Over Lincolnshire
Spitfire and Hurricane aircraft from World War II come together over Lincolnshire, for the Lincolnshire Lancaster Association Day event held at RAF Coningsby

Background imageFighters Collection: Gloster Gladiator

Gloster Gladiator
The last of Britains biplane fighters, it entered service in 1937 and took part in World War Two, notably in the defence of Malta, though quite outclassed by its opponents

Background imageFighters Collection: Pergamon Altar. Athena against the giant Alcyoneus

Pergamon Altar. Athena against the giant Alcyoneus
Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC by artists of the school of Pergamon. Marble and limestone. East frieze. Gigantomachy. Struggle between gods and giants

Background imageFighters Collection: British heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner with American former heavyweight champion of

British heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner with American former heavyweight champion of the world Muhammad Ali, pictured at a gymnasium in West 28th Street, New York City

Background imageFighters Collection: Bristol 156 Beaufighter IV a quartet in quest of their

Bristol 156 Beaufighter IV a quartet in quest of their quarry Just under 6, 000 Beaufighters were to be built

Background imageFighters Collection: Hawker Hurricane Fighter, 1939

Hawker Hurricane Fighter, 1939
Diagram illustration of a British Hawker Hurricane Fighter, able to fly at a height of 35, 000 feet, with a 600 mile range and eight fixed Browning guns, firing 250 rounds in 10 seconds

Background imageFighters Collection: Empire Air Day Poster

Empire Air Day Poster
A poster for the Empire Air Day on Saturday 20th May 1939 at Warmwell near Dorchester. The Hawker Hurricane planes played a key role in attack and defence during WW2

Background imageFighters Collection: Michael Watson vs Nigel Benn for the British Commonwealth middleweight title

Michael Watson vs Nigel Benn for the British Commonwealth middleweight title. The fight was held outdoors in Finsbury Park north London

Background imageFighters Collection: Six generations of RAF fighters line up together

Six generations of RAF fighters line up together on the tarmac. Hawker Hurricane IIC, LF363; Supermarine Spitfire PRXIX, PM631; Gloster Meteor F8, WL164; Hawker Hunter F6

Background imageFighters Collection: London Boxing 1870

London Boxing 1870
Two fighters slug it out in the gloomy interior of a tent, watched by a small crowd of Londoners who have probably bet on the outcome

Background imageFighters Collection: Messerschmitt Me 262A -the only way Allied fighters cou

Messerschmitt Me 262A -the only way Allied fighters could tackle this fast jet was to pouce on it as it slowed to land

Background imageFighters Collection: A pair of RAF Supermarine Spitfire Fighters

A pair of RAF Supermarine Spitfire Fighters - stalwarts of the British air force throughout WW2 and instrumental in the victories of the Battle of Britain. Date: circa 1941

Background imageFighters Collection: A Prize Fight

A Prize Fight
A characteristic scene at a prize fight - we haven t been able to identify the two fighters, but no doubt they are well-known pugilists of the day

Background imageFighters Collection: Spitfires of 19 Squadron, 1938

Spitfires of 19 Squadron, 1938
Supermarine Spitfire I aircraft of 19 Squadron RAF flying in formation

Background imageFighters Collection: Wrestler Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy faces up to fellow British wrestler Martin

Wrestler Shirley Crabtree alias Big Daddy faces up to fellow British wrestler Martin Ruane, more commonly known as Giant Haystacks. February 1979

Background imageFighters Collection: Pergamon Altar. Hephaistos and goddess Eos riding a horse

Pergamon Altar. Hephaistos and goddess Eos riding a horse
Pergamon Altar. Built by order of Eumenes II Soter. 164-156 BC by artists of the school of Pergamon. Marble and limestone. South frieze. Gigantomachy

Background imageFighters Collection: Brewster F2A Buffalo of the US Navy, aloft in Aug 1942

Brewster F2A Buffalo of the US Navy, aloft in Aug 1942 by when the type was relegated to training duties, having proved no match to the Japanese fighters

Background imageFighters Collection: Bristol

Bristol
Members of the Bristol contingent. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageFighters Collection: Focke Wulf Ta 154 -too late to be encountered in any nu

Focke Wulf Ta 154 -too late to be encountered in any numbers, this was one of Germanys last night fighters

Background imageFighters Collection: Illustration, Aztec apprentice warrior clad in loincloth carrying a spear-thrower (Atlatl)

Illustration, Aztec apprentice warrior clad in loincloth carrying a spear-thrower (Atlatl) and oak darts with a stone point

Background imageFighters Collection: YMCA Poster, Lend Your Strength, WW1

YMCA Poster, Lend Your Strength, WW1
YMCA Poster, design by Adrian Gil-Spear, Lend Your Strength to the Red Triangle, Help the Y Help the Fighters Fight, United War Work Campaign, 11 to 18 November, First World War. circa 1918

Background imageFighters Collection: Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -constant improvements ensu

Mitsubishi Ki-46-II Dinah -constant improvements ensured that this Jabpanese Army reconnaissance type remained faster than most Allied fighters

Background imageFighters Collection: Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick - one of the Japanese Armys most

Kawasaki Ki-45 Nick - one of the Japanese Armys most effective high flying fighters against such as the Boeing B-29

Background imageFighters Collection: Brewster F2A Buffalo -unlike other Buffalo users, the F

Brewster F2A Buffalo -unlike other Buffalo users, the Finnish enjoyed con (side view)rable success against their Soviet invaders

Background imageFighters Collection: Blackburn Firebrand TF IV first flown in February 1942

Blackburn Firebrand TF IV first flown in February 1942 opened a whole saga of problems, with the first production aircraft not being available until long after wars end

Background imageFighters Collection: Fokker triplane, side view

Fokker triplane, side view

Background imageFighters Collection: Two female Judoka or Judo fighters wrestling each other

Two female Judoka or Judo fighters wrestling each other

Background imageFighters Collection: The 15, 000th Curtiss fighter, a P-40 Warhawk

The 15, 000th Curtiss fighter, a P-40 Warhawk, emblazoned with the insignia of the 28 air forces operating Curtiss fighters during WW2. November 1944

Background imageFighters Collection: Messerschmitt M. E. 109

Messerschmitt M. E. 109
Made in Germany, Finished in England. Messerschmitt M.E. 109. All proceeds go to our local Spitfire fund

Background imageFighters Collection: Portsmouth (exact location unknown)

Portsmouth (exact location unknown). The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageFighters Collection: Sketch cover, Georges Carpentier, 1914

Sketch cover, Georges Carpentier, 1914
Front cover of The Sketch magazine featuring the French boxer, Georges Carpentier (1894-1975), posed before his much-publicised fight against Gunboat Smith at Olympia in July 1914. Date: 1914

Background imageFighters Collection: Victory is a question of stamina - Send - the wheat, meat, f

Victory is a question of stamina - Send - the wheat, meat, fats, sugar - The fuel for fighters United States Food Administration. Poster showing soldiers running with bayonets. Date 1917

Background imageFighters Collection: Turkish Zeibek warriors - Izmir, Turkey

Turkish Zeibek warriors - Izmir, Turkey. Zeibeks or sometimes Zeybeks were irregular militia and guerilla fighters living in the Aegean Region of the Ottoman Empire. Date: 1901

Background imageFighters Collection: The French Resistance - WWII (1 / 3)

The French Resistance - WWII (1 / 3)
Thanks to the parachute drop of plastic explosive, the French resitance were able to blow up the track. This enabled them to intercept a German train heading for the border on the line from Marseille

Background imageFighters Collection: The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b / w photo)

The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b / w photo) (see also 31428, 122614)
ALI164867 The Wrestlers, after a Greek original of the 3rd century BC (marble) (b/w photo) (see also 31428, 122614) by Roman; Galleria degli Uffizi, Florence, Tuscany, Italy; Alinari

Background imageFighters Collection: Description of a Boxing Match, 1812 (colour engraving)

Description of a Boxing Match, 1812 (colour engraving)
CHT221626 Description of a Boxing Match, 1812 (colour engraving) by Rowlandson, Thomas (1756-1827); Bibliotheque Nationale, Paris, France; eArchives Charmet; English, out of copyright

Background imageFighters Collection: The Famous Battle Between Richard Humphreys and Daniel Mendoza, January 9th 1788, pub

The Famous Battle Between Richard Humphreys and Daniel Mendoza, January 9th 1788, pub
3025368 The Famous Battle Between Richard Humphreys and Daniel Mendoza, January 9th 1788, pub. 1788 (hand coloured engraving) by Gillray

Background imageFighters Collection: Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk IV -these progressively replace

Curtiss P-40N Kittyhawk IV -these progressively replaced the interim Boomerang with Australian fighter squadrons serving in the Pacific

Background imageFighters Collection: Flying camel, front view

Flying camel, front view

Background imageFighters Collection: A young byelorussian partisan woman, world war 2, january 1944

A young byelorussian partisan woman, world war 2, january 1944

Background imageFighters Collection: RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943

RAF Lancasters over Berlin; Second World War, 1943
Illustration showing Royal Air Force Lancaster heavy bombers heading towards their target of Berlin, during the Autumn of 1943

Background imageFighters Collection: Canadians in Southampton

Canadians in Southampton
The Southampton contingent of the CCCF who were billeted near the docks at the Apollo Hotel. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters

Background imageFighters Collection: A CCF crew

A CCF crew
Crewing a British fire appliance somewhere outside Portsmouth. The Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters (also known as the Volunteer Corps of Canadian Fire-fighters and simply as CCCF)

Background imageFighters Collection: French Fireman 1850

French Fireman 1850
French firemen - (sapeurs-pomiers) Date: 1850

Background imageFighters Collection: Aircraft drops fire retardant

Aircraft drops fire retardant
Israel, Haifa Carmel Mountain Forest, Aircraft dropping fire retardant on a wildfire



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"Fighters: A Glimpse into the Heroic World of Courage and Determination" Prior to Coltishall's At Home day, aviation enthusiasts eagerly awaited the thrilling showcase of aerial prowess. The Empire Air Day Poster proudly displayed the majestic Gloster Gladiator, a symbol of British resilience. In a different realm of combat, British heavyweight boxer Joe Bugner stood alongside an American former heavyweight champion, showcasing their unwavering spirit in the face of adversity. Spitfires and Hurricanes Flying in Formation Over Lincolnshire painted a breathtaking picture of unity and strength as these iconic aircraft soared through the skies, defending their homeland with unwavering determination. The Free French paid homage to the brave Maquis fighters who fearlessly fought for freedom against tyranny. Their sacrifice was honored by all who understood the true meaning of courage. The Bristol 156 Beaufighter IV quartet embarked on a relentless quest, exemplifying bravery as they faced formidable challenges head-on. Their indomitable spirit inspired all those who witnessed their valiant efforts. Just like Athena standing tall against Alcyoneus on Pergamon Altar, fighters became symbols of defiance against overwhelming odds. They embodied hope when darkness loomed large. As Democracys vanguard, the US Marine Corps proved themselves as "First to fight. " Joining their ranks meant embracing valor and becoming part of something greater than oneself—a noble cause worth fighting for. The Hawker Hurricane Fighter from 1939 epitomized innovation and technological advancement during times that demanded unparalleled heroism. Its legacy would forever be etched in history books as an emblematic fighter aircraft. Six generations of RAF fighters lined up together—an awe-inspiring sight that showcased evolution over time while honoring those who paved the way for future warriors. Each generation left its mark on history with unyielding dedication to protect what they held dear. When Allied fighters needed an answer to counteract German forces' Me 262A, they found a way.