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"Operational Excellence: A Glimpse into the Past" Step back in time to World War II, where a powerful poster of unity and resilience adorned the streets

Background imageOperational Collection: WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division

WW2 poster, activities of 52 (Lowland) Division
Screen-print poster, published circa 1950, showing the activities of the 52nd Lowland Division during the Second World War, with a map of Northern Europe, and unit badges along the top and bottom

Background imageOperational Collection: Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150

Firefighters and hoses, LFB annual review, Lambeth HQ LFB150
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageOperational Collection: Camden Round House

Camden Round House
A notable example of railway architecture, the Round House - the engine house of the North-Western Railway at Camden-Town depot. Today it is a theatre. Date: 1847

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Fire King pump

LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Fire King pump
First introduced into the UK by Merryweather of Greenwich, SE London, in 1899, by 1907 twenty-one Fire Kings were in operational use around the country, including the London Fire Brigade

Background imageOperational Collection: Marie Lloyd / Oh Mr Porter

Marie Lloyd / Oh Mr Porter
Oh Mr Porter, whatever shall I do ? - the celebrated music hall song, made famous by Marie Lloyd

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-MFB Euston fire station, NW London

LCC-MFB Euston fire station, NW London
Euston fire station, located in Euston Road NW1, still operational today

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-MFB New Cross fire station, Hatcham, SE London

LCC-MFB New Cross fire station, Hatcham, SE London
Built by the London County Council, New Cross fire station is located at 266 Queens Road SE14. Opened in 1893, it remains operational today

Background imageOperational Collection: GUARD (1930S)

GUARD (1930S)
A guard of the North Eastern Railway waves his green flag and blows his whistle to tell the driver that the train may leave

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-LFB Westminster fire station, SW London

LCC-LFB Westminster fire station, SW London
Opened in 1906, Westminster fire station was a London Fire Brigade station (the name had changed from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1904)

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-LFB Brixton fire station, London SW8

LCC-LFB Brixton fire station, London SW8
Built by the London County Council, Brixton fire station is located at 84 Gresham Road SW8. It remains operational and is one of the London Fire Brigades busiest stations

Background imageOperational Collection: Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ

Mass jets at the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ
London firefighters from East London demonstrating mass jets during the Annual Review display at the Brigades headquarters. Lambeth, SE1

Background imageOperational Collection: Locomotive Maintenance

Locomotive Maintenance
A maintenance man checking over The White Knight steam locomotive at Waverley Station, Edinburgh, Midlothian, Scotland

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV757

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV757
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV757 of 233 Operational Conversion Unit (233 OCU), based at RAF Wittering, still in the colours of the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit

Background imageOperational Collection: United States Air Force - Convair B-36A Peacemaker

United States Air Force - Convair B-36A Peacemaker 44-92015 (msn 12) This aircraft was the first B-36 delivery to an operational unit when it taxied under its own power from Air Force Plant 4 to

Background imageOperational Collection: LFB major control unit in operation at a fire

LFB major control unit in operation at a fire
LFB firefighters in action, and a major Control Unit vehicle in attendance at a fire, 7 October 1955. The Control Unit had its own dedicated operational staff

Background imageOperational Collection: Royal Air Force BAC Jet Provost T. 4 XP551

Royal Air Force BAC Jet Provost T. 4 XP551
Royal Air Force Central Flying School Jet Provost T.4 XP551 ar RAF Little Rissington (then the highest operational airfield in the British Isles) Date: 1960s

Background imageOperational Collection: SPADs XIII of US 22nd Aero Squadron

SPADs XIII of US 22nd Aero Squadron, operational from August 1918. The machines were shipped back to the USA after the war and used as fighter trainers. Seen here in a snow-covered field

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-LFB Knightsbridge fire station, SW London

LCC-LFB Knightsbridge fire station, SW London
Opened in 1907, Knightsbridge fire station was a London Fire Brigade station (the name had changed from the Metropolitan Fire Brigade in 1904)

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-LFB major control unit at Lambeth HQ

LCC-LFB major control unit at Lambeth HQ
Major control unit, based at Brigade Headquarters, Lambeth, with dedicated operational control unit staff. The unit attended all major fires and incidents

Background imageOperational Collection: P-51D Mustang Fighter with D-Day markings flying in the sky

P-51D Mustang Fighter with D-Day markings flying in the sky

Background imageOperational Collection: Electric Signal Box

Electric Signal Box
The all-electric signal-box outside Waterloo Station, London

Background imageOperational Collection: Signal Box 1940S

Signal Box 1940S
A signal box at Kingston showing a hand-operated frame

Background imageOperational Collection: Train Driver & Guards

Train Driver & Guards
Driver and guard on the Dyke Railway, part of the Southern rail network

Background imageOperational Collection: Soviet MiG-19 jet fighter C015 / 6180

Soviet MiG-19 jet fighter C015 / 6180
MiG-19. View of a Soviet MiG-19 jet fighter. Powered by two engines, the MiG-19 (NATO reporting name Farmer ) was the first operational fighter capable of supersonic speeds in level flight

Background imageOperational Collection: Porter (Petherick)

Porter (Petherick)
London characters: in these days of hatboxes, parasols, dressing cases and all, the STATION PORTER takes them from cab to train and puts them in the luggage rack for you

Background imageOperational Collection: Signal Room 1940S

Signal Room 1940S
A signal box at Surbiton for the Southern Railway

Background imageOperational Collection: LCC-MFB Fulham fire station, SW London

LCC-MFB Fulham fire station, SW London
Fulham fire station, which remains operational over 100 years after it was first opened (1895). Located at 685 Fulham Road SW6

Background imageOperational Collection: Panavia Tornado F.3 ZE167 - 'AL'

Panavia Tornado F.3 ZE167 - 'AL'
Royal Air Force - Panavia Tornado F.3 ZE167 / 'AL' (msn 545/AS019/3245), of 229 Operational Conversion Unit at the Mildenhall Air Fete on 22 May 1987. Date: 1987

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV744 - 'O'

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV744 - 'O'
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV744 / 'O' (msn 712007), of 233 Operational Conversion Unit, at the Mildenhall Air Fete on 28 May 1988

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Hunter T. 7 XL618 87

Hawker Hunter T. 7 XL618 87
Royal Air Force - Hawker Hunter T.7 XL618 87, of 229 Operational Conversion Unit, at RAF Chivenor on 22 August 1970 Date: 1970

Background imageOperational Collection: Hughes XF-11 44-70156

Hughes XF-11 44-70156, 2nd proto Type. First flight 5 April 1947 by Howard Hughes. Arrived at Eglin Field, Florida, in December 1948 from Wright Field, Ohio

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XV741 - I

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XV741 - I
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV741 / I, of 233 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Mildenhall on 28 May 1988. Date: 1988

Background imageOperational Collection: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846 Pink Lady

Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 44-8846 Pink Lady
Boeing B-17G-85-VE Flying Fortress F-AZDX Pink Lady (msn 8245, ex 44-8846), marked as B-17F 42-5703 Mother and Country for filming of Memphis Belle at Duxford

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XW919

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XW919
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XW919 (msn ), of 233 Operational Conversion Unit, at RAF Leuchars. (The aircraft of 233 OCU retained the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit markings)

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XV783 N

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XV783 N
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XV783 N (msn 712033), of 233 Operational Conversion Unit. Date: circa 1990

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XZ129 3C

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 3 XZ129 3C
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.3 XZ129 3C (msn 712188), of 233 Operational Conversion Unit. Date: circa 1990

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier T. 2

Hawker Siddeley Harrier T. 2
Hawker Siddeley Harrier T.2, of the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit, at RAF Wittering. Date: circa 1970

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV744 at St, Pancras

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV744 at St, Pancras
Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV744 (712007), of the Harrier Operational Conversion Unit, at St, Pancras Station coal-yard, for the 1969 Daily Mail Trans-Atlantic Air Race. Flown by Sqn. Ldr

Background imageOperational Collection: United States Air Force - Short C-23A Sherpa 84-0458 (MSN SH)

United States Air Force - Short C-23A Sherpa 84-0458 (MSN SH. 3103, ex G-14-3103), of the 412th Test Wing
United States Air Force - Short C-23A Sherpa 84-0458 (MSN SH.3103, ex G-14-3103), of the 412th Test Wing, at Edwards Air Force Base. Date: circa 1995

Background imageOperational Collection: United States Army - Beech C-12F Huron 84-0489 (msn BL-123), of Detachment 45

United States Army - Beech C-12F Huron 84-0489 (msn BL-123), of Detachment 45, Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM), Army NG, Reno/Stead Airport, NV. Date: circa 2000

Background imageOperational Collection: Beech C-12F Huron 84-0489

Beech C-12F Huron 84-0489
United States Army - Beech C-12F Huron 84-0489 (MSN BL-123), of Detachment 45, Operational Support Airlift Command (OSACOM), Army NG, Reno/Stead Airport, NV Date: circa 2000

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR. 1 XV233

Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR. 1 XV233
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Nimrod MR.1 XV233, of 236 Operational Conversion Unit, at RAF St. Mawgan, on 18 September 1970. Date: 1970

Background imageOperational Collection: Westland-Aerospatiale SA. 330 Puma HC. 1 XW202 CV

Westland-Aerospatiale SA. 330 Puma HC. 1 XW202 CV
Westland-Aerospatiale SA.330 Puma HC.1 XW202 CV, of 240 Operational Conversion Unit, at RAF West Raynham in June 1971. Date: 1971

Background imageOperational Collection: McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR. 2 XV461

McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR. 2 XV461
Royal Air Force - McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XV461, of 228 Operational Conversion Unit - No.64(R) Squadron, at RAF Coningsby, on 1 July 1974. Date: 1974

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Hunter FGA. 9 XE608 13

Hawker Hunter FGA. 9 XE608 13
Royal Air Force - Hawker Hunter FGA.9 XE608 13, of 229 Operational Conversion Unit. Date: circa 1970

Background imageOperational Collection: McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR. 2 XT912

McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR. 2 XT912
Royal Air Force - McDonnell Douglas Phantom FGR.2 XT912, of 228 Operational Conversion Unit. Date: circa 1969

Background imageOperational Collection: Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV801 47

Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR. 1 XV801 47
Royal Air Force - Hawker Siddeley Harrier GR.1 XV801 47, of 233 Operational Conversion Unit, at the SBAC Farnborough Air Show, held in September 1974. Date: 1974

Background imageOperational Collection: English Electric Canberra T. 11 WH714

English Electric Canberra T. 11 WH714
Royal Air Force - English Electric Canberra T.11 WH714, of 228 Operational Conversion Unit at RAF Leeming, on 3 August 1961. Date: 1961



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"Operational Excellence: A Glimpse into the Past" Step back in time to World War II, where a powerful poster of unity and resilience adorned the streets. The activities of the 52 (Lowland) Division showcased their unwavering dedication and bravery. In another corner of London, firefighters stood tall with hoses in hand during the LFB annual review at Lambeth HQ. Their commitment to protecting lives and property was evident as they reflected on another year of service. Transport yourself to an era when Marie Lloyd's enchanting voice filled the air, singing her famous song "Oh Mr Porter. " The Camden Round House became a hub for entertainment, bringing joy amidst challenging times. Witness innovation unfold as the LCC-LFB Merryweather self-propelled Fire King pump roared into action. This remarkable piece of machinery revolutionized firefighting techniques and saved countless lives across London. Euston fire station stood proudly in NW London under the watchful eye of LCC-MFB. Its dedicated team worked tirelessly to ensure swift responses to emergencies, providing safety and reassurance to their community. Hatcham saw its guardian angel in LCC-MFB New Cross fire station. Situated in SE London, this station served as a beacon of hope for residents facing perilous situations, offering solace through their heroic efforts. Westminster fire station held its ground in SW London under the jurisdiction of LCC-LFB. With precision and skill, these brave firefighters protected one of Britain's most iconic areas from devastating fires that threatened historical landmarks. Londoners found comfort knowing that LCC-LFB Brixton fire station stood strong in SW8. Its presence symbolized safety within reach for those residing or passing through this vibrant neighborhood. The mass jets at the annual review at Lambeth HQ showcased not only power but also unity among firefighters who faced adversity head-on together—heroes standing shoulder-to-shoulder against any challenge thrown their way.