World War II’s most iconic planes – from Lancaster to Flying Fortress – brought to life by incredible colourised pictures


THESE stunning images of World War Two planes have been colourised to commemorate the anniversary of the Battle of Britain Day.

Iconic aircraft such as the Lancaster Bomber, Messerschmitt Bf 109 and the Flying Fortress feature in the collection of incredible pictures

The Lancaster Bomber first came into service in 1942
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The photos have been gloriously restored in vibrant colour by Brighton-based graphic designer Nathan Howland.

As well as British, German and American aircraft, the collection also features planes from other nations including the Italian Fiat G.50.

The Battle of Britain Day is the name given to 15 September 1940 when the German Luftwaffe undertook an all-out attack on London.

Over 1,500 aircraft took part in air battles that lasted from dawn til dusk.

Despite being heavily outnumbered by the Germans, Britain and its allies emerged victorious.

The anniversary is commemorated in Britain on September 15th and in Canada on the third Sunday of September.

The American-made Flying Fortress was also used by the RAF
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A German Dornier Bomber about to take off
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This Fiat G.50 was used by the Finnish Air Force in 1941
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A rare photo shows the P-47 Thunderbolt allocated to Col. Dave Schilling
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American pilots in B-24’s preparing to fly to Germany and bomb a V-2 factory
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RAF Halifax Mk. II heavy bombers on a mission over Germany
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A rare in flight image of a Lancaster B Mk. II
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Flying Fortresses of the 398th Bombardment Group dropping their payload from extreme altitude in April 1945
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A P-51 Mustang on the runway at Nuthampstead in 1944
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Nearly 16,000 Junkers Ju 88 were built by the Luftwaffe
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