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    B-25 Bomber North American Mitchell World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1942 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. Manufactured by North American Aviation and named in honour of Major General William 'Billy' Mitchell, a pioneer of US military aviation its first flight was in 1940 but it remained in service until 1979 (in the Indonesian air force). A particularly durable aircraft, one from the 321st Bomb Group was nicknamed 'Patches' on account of its (by the end of the war) 400 patched holes which had been painted with bright-yellow zinc chromate primer. Having completed over 300 missions and belly-landed six times the airframe was so distorted that 'straight-and-level' flight involved 8 degrees of left aileron trim and 6 degrees of right rudder causing the aircraft to 'crab' sideways through the air. Over one hundred B-25 Mitchells survive, with about 45 still airworthy. Seventeen flyable aircraft (and one hulk which was sacrificed to a crash scene) starred in the 1970 film 'Catch 22' fifteen of which still exist.
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    Consolidated PBY Catalina World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1942 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The PBY Catalina is a flying boat used extensively during World War 2 in anti-submarine patrols, air-sea rescue, patrol bombing and convoy escort. It served militarily until the 1980s and was still being used in the 2010s as a waterbomber for firefighting. The RCAF called it the Canso.
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    Martin Baltimore World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1942 63x47cm Built by the Glenn L Martin Company in the United States it was used during World War II almost exclusively in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre. The first aircraft were delivered to Britain in 1941. Although 1575 were produced, no aircraft has survived intact - although the wreckage of several is known to exist.  
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    RAF Bristol Beaufighter World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1942 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The Beaufighter is a multi-role aircraft conceived originally as a heavy fighter variant of the Bristol Beaufort. As an effective night fighter it came into service during the Battle of Britain, having the space for radar it became a highly effective night fighter. The de Havilland Mosquito, being somewhat faster, took over in the latter part of 1942. The Beaufighter saw service in all theatres during World War II, serving through to the Greek civil war in 1946. 5,928 were built but no flying examples exist today, although The Fighter Collection at Duxford is currently restoring an aircraft (made from multiple aircraft).
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    RAF Hawker Typhoon World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1942 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The Typhoon is a single-seat fighter-bomber nicknamed the 'Tiffy'. Designed as a replacement for the Hawker Hurricane it never completely satisfied this expectation. However it was the only RAF fighter capable of catching the Fw 190 at low altitudes when the latter came into service in 1941. It became one of the most effective ground-attack aircraft of the Second World War. 3317 were produced and only one complete Typhoon still exists which belongs to the Royal Air Force Museum in Hendon.
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    Consolidated PBY Catalina World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The PBY Catalina is a flying boat used extensively during World War 2 in anti-submarine patrols, air-sea rescue, patrol bombing and convoy escort. It served militarily until the 1980s and was still being used in the 2010s as a waterbomber for firefighting. The RCAF called it the Canso.
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    Luftwaffe Dornier Do 217 Medium/Heavy Bomber 

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. A two-engined heavy bomber developed in German in the late 1930s for short-range bombing and as a more powerful development of the Do 17 - the flying pencil. It saw service until the end of the war in 1945. A versatile aircraft it was used as a night fighter, torpedo bomber, strategic bomber and reconnaissance aircraft. No complete example survives to this day despite a production of 1,925.
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    Luftwaffe Focke-Wulf Fw190 - World War II aeroplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The Würger (in English, Shrike) is a single-seat single-engined fighter airplane widely used during World War II by the Germans. Designed in 1936 over 20,000 were built, beginning operations in August 1941 outclassing the Spitfire Mk V - remaining so until the Spitfire Mk IX was introduced. Both the French Air Force and French Navy purchased and operated the Fw 190 following the end of the war. Today some 28 examples survive, plus 20 modern reproductions.
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    Grumann F6F Hellcat World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm The Grumman Hellcat was developed for the US Navy for the latter half of World War 2, becoming the dominant carrier-based aircraft being able to outperform the A6M Mitsubishi Zero. 12,275 were built in just over two years, being credited with 5,223 enemy kills - more than any other Allied naval aircraft.  
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    Junkers Ju87 Stuka Dive Bomber - World War II aeroplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. Making its combat debut in 1937 with the Condor Legion during the Spanish Civil War it had a very distinctive silhouette as may be seen here. Essential to the rapid conquest of Norway, the Netherlands, Belgium and France in 1940 the Stuka was very effective against ground targets but vulnerable to fighter aircraft. It remained in service until the end of the War.
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    Messerschmitt Bf 110 - World War II aeroplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. A two-engined heavy fighter and fighter-bomber developed in German in the 1930s which saw service until the end of the war in 1945. It was a formidable radar-equipped night fighter with the top night-fighter ace Major Heinz-Wolfgang Schnaufer claiming 121 victories from 164 sorties.
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    North American Mustang P-51 World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The Mustang is a long-range single-seat fighter/fighter-bomber that saw service during both the Second World War and Korean War. It was designed in 1940 by North American Aviation when they were commissioned to build Curtiss P-40 fighters under licence for the British Royal Air Force. Rather than build an old design, they designed this new aeroplane; the prototype was rolled out 102 days after the contract was signed. Powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine over 15,000 were built with their most important role being escorting bombers over Germany. During World War II Mustang pilots accounted for a claimed 4,950 enemy aircraft. Today many survive and are a very popular 'warbird'.
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    Airspeed Horsa Glider World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm In the days before helicopters it was gliders that allowed troops to be delivered to the ground. Essentially disposable aircraft (though obviously recovered where possible) they were light-weight and able to land in open fields where an aeroplane could not. Their ability to carry small tanks and other vehicles gave them a great advantage over simple paratroopers. Deployed to great effect in the D-Day Normandy landings and in the Market Garden advance, they were also widely used in Burma to supply the Chindits. One of the most terrifying methods of air transport during the War was the 'glider snatch'. A glider that had been used to deliver supplies or troops was reloaded with the wounded and then a passing aeroplane would pick up a rope attached to the front of the glider and snatch it into the air. The Horsa was a large glider, capable of accommodating 20-25 fully equipped paratroopers, and was first introduced in 1941. Made almost exclusively from wood - metal being in short supply - it was built by furniture factories. Between 3,799 and 5,000 Horsas were built - the varying numbers being down to the fact that many gliders were assembled at Maintenance Units rather than at the furniture factories (which lacked airfields).  
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    Republic P47 Thunderbolt World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. The Thunderbolt was produced between 1941 and 1945 as a fighter-bomber ground-attack airplane. POwered by a Pratt & Whitney R-2800 Double-Wasp engine it was successful both in European and Pacific theatres as one of the main USAAF fighters of the Second World War. Many remain airworthy, it being a popular 'warbird'.
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    DH Mosquito World War 2 US airplane

    Original aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm The Mosquito, the 'wooden wonder' - was made entirely from wood to counteract metal shortages. Being wooden it was very light, and when powered by two Merlin engines could outrun any German aeroplane, hence its use for Photographic Reconnaissance. Goering is reputed to have said: "In 1940 I could at least fly as far as Glasgow in most of my aircraft, but not now! It makes me furious when I see the Mosquito. I turn green and yellow with envy. The British, who can afford aluminium better than we can, knock together a beautiful wooden aircraft that every piano factory over there is building, and they give it a speed which they have now increased yet again. What do you make of that? There is nothing the British do not have. They have the geniuses and we have the nincompoops. When the war is over I shall buy a British radio set. Then at least I shall have something that works."  
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    Short Stirling World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. Designed by Short Brothers, this was the RAF's first four-engined bomber entering service in 1941. Pilots liked its handling characteristics but the altitude ceiling was a matter of criticism and was relegated to second-line duties in 1943 when the Halifax and Lancaster were available in sufficient numbers. It was subsequently used for mining harbours, as a glider tug and a supply aircraft.
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    1943 Vultee Vengeance World War 2 US airplane

    Aeroplane identification poster, 1943 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes, this series - and we have several in this series (click here) - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view. Designed in 1940 as a single-engined dive bomber for the French Armée de l'Air, with deliveries scheduled for October 1940. With the fall of France in June 1940 the order was cancelled, but the British Royal Air Force ordered 200 of these dive bombers having been impressed by the Stuka. It was a reliable aircraft, stable in flight and in a dive. It was much used in Burma, this forgotten theatre of the war being regarded as a repository for otherwise unpopular and unwanted equipment, but where it proved very effective in bombing Japanese positions.
  • Womens' Voluntary Society - WVS Help preserve the Jam Ration - Empty Jars Wanted - Original Poster The Riverside Press Limited, Riverside Works, Twickenham 10x8" 1940s With rationing in force until July 1954 - nine years after the end of World War 2 - the annual glut of fruit always gave rise to a rush to preserve fruit. In a very twenty-first century way both the economy of recycling and the desire not to waste food come to the fore. Fruit preserving is of course extravagant in the use of sugar, so was not to be taken lightly, even during the war years the sugar ration was extended to allow for jam making. A sentiment familiar to Bake Off watchers! A rare survivor.
  • US Naval Aviation Training Division Royal Air Force Hawker Typhoon-UK Fighter aeroplane

    Lithographic poster 63x47cm A particularly unusual style of aeroplane identification poster, owing to the very arty images. Most such posters rely on very plain silhouettes whereas this series - and we have several in this series - have a much more arty approach to the task with shading and an interesting angle view.
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