The IWM Film Archive is the oldest film archive in the UK, holding over 20,000 hours of film, video and digital material and covering the two World Wars and all conflicts involving British or Commonwealth Forces since the start of the Twentieth Century to the present. Our collection also reflects aspects of civilian life in wartime, military life in peacetime, military exercises and operations.
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64 Squadron At RAF Station Hornchurch
Two fighter squadrons fly Supermarine Spitfire aircraft from RAF Hornchurch during the Second World War.
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This film gives unusually close and detailed access to one of Britain’s most renowned aircraft in its heyday, being expertly handled by pilots and ground crews alike. Opening with the RAF’s 64 Squadron flying the famous Supermarine Spitfire aircraft, as they would have done during the Battle of Britain.
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