This Bristol Blenheim served with 211 Squadron RAF in the Middle East and Greece in 1940.
The H.P.42 Helena and other aircraft of this class were the worlds first practical four-engined airliners.
The Bristol Beaufighter TF.X torpedo strike fighter used against Axis shipping featured a thimble-shaped nose housing a radar.
The Fairey Battle Mk. I was famous for its usage during the Battle of France in May 1940. This light bomber of the RAF was involved the attempt to stop the German invasion in France and Belgium. This aircraft was of one the 12 Squadron RAF aircraft used to attack the Maastrict Bridges. All the of the attacking Battles involved in that incident were shot down.
(above) An early pre-war Hurricane of 56 Squadron RAF. These aircraft had the wooden Watts fixed pitch propeller.
(above) Hurricane Mk.IID of 6 Squadron RAF, North Africa in 1942. This model was one among many featured in the Matchbox Book.
(above) Curtiss Tomahawk Mk.II of 112 Squadron RAF, North Africa in 1941.
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk. XVIe was the last of the Merlin engined Spitfires. It featured a bubble canopy and an American built Packard Merlin engine. This particular model is finished as an aircraft serving at the Central Gunnery School of the RAF after World War II.
The Fairchild F-91 seaplane was a very unusual aircraft in that it had a single engine mounted above the fuselage and wheeled landing gear that allowed it to be used from land bases as well as from the sea. Only a small number were built and they flew with PAA (Panair do Brasil) on their Amazon Route earning the nickname of Jungle Clipper. The other aircraft were supplied to Japan, Spain, and to an American millionaire who donated his example to the RAF. The RAF machine was used in the Middle East until it was lost when it struck a submerged object in the water.
The Grumman Martlet Mk.III was the Royal Navy's designation for the F4F-3A Wildcat. These were delivered to the Royal Navy during 1941 and were originally intended for the Greek Navy. The RN took over these aircraft when Greece fell to the Germans. The Martlet IIIs were given a desert paint scheme and used in North Africa.
The Martin Baker MB.2 was an experimental British fighter aircraft of the late 1930s. It was fast and well armed, however it never was put into production.