Ken Gatward Flew Over Occupied Paris To Troll The Gestapo
In 1942, the Nazis were at the peak of their power, with influence not matched until decades later, when dumbasses started making YouTube videos about how great they were. So the British Royal Air Force, in an attempt to boost bedraggled Allied morale, conceived of Operation Squabble. British intelligence had learned that the Nazis were conducting daily marches down Paris' Champs-Elysees, because the Nazis loved stuffy military parades, and the British wanted to fuck with one, because the British love annoying the Germans.
Flight Lieutenant Alfred "Ken" Gatward and his navigator Gilbert "George" Fern were asked to volunteer for this dangerous assignment because of their experience in daylight raids and low-level attacks -- and also, presumably, their extremely British names. The plan was to strafe one of those obnoxious Nazi parades and drape a big French flag over the Arc de Triomphe, because there's propaganda and then there's just dropping your balls in the enemy's face.
Gatward and Fern practiced by shooting up a shipwreck in the English channel and studying maps of Paris to determine the best route in and out, and then they set off. When they arrived, the parade was still being assembled -- intel on its timing had been inaccurate. Undeterred, Fern released the flag as planned, and then, flying at second-story height through the city, Gatward attacked the building being used as Gestapo headquarters. SS troops fled the building and, according to the record, literally shook their fists at him, as if they all were well aware that they were the villains in this conflict.
George Fern/RAFFern then took this picture, because what's the point of pissing someone off if you can't laugh in their face and snap photos?