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Supermarine Spitfire: books - history and deployment (1/2)

A book about the Supermarine Spitfire? Here are books on the history and deployment of Supermarine fighter aircraft (1/2).

The Story of the Spitfire : An Operational and Combat History

In a combat career that spanned the entirety of the Second World War, the Spitfire earned a reputation as the iconic fighter that friend and foe alike wanted to fly. Affectionately known as the 'Spit', the aircraft played a vital part in helping to lift the morale of the British public at home during the Second World War, where many a donation of pots and pans was made to support Spitfire production.
Yet it was the RAF pilots responsible for flying the Spitfire in combat who knew, respected and loved this aeroplane the best.

In this book author Ken Delve re-examines the Spitfire's reputation using a wealth of important primary materials, including combat records, official trial reports and the personal accounts of those who flew the aircraft. The Story of the Spitfire charts the combat evolution of arguably the most important aerial fighting machine of the Second World War.

Author:Ken Delve
Specs:256 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, paperback
Illustrations:30 b&w photographs, 16 drawings
Publisher:The History Press Ltd (GB, 2016)
EAN:9780750965286
Book: The Story of the Spitfire : An Operational and Combat History

The Story of the Spitfire : An Operational and Combat History

Language: English

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Star-Spangled Spitfires - Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Chronicles the combat operations of the USAAF units equipped with the iconic Supermarine fighter whilst employed in both the European and Mediterranean theatres of war, from the summer of 1942 right up to the end of the conflict.

Only a handful of British combat aircraft wore the stars and bars of the USAAF during the Second World War, with the Beaufighter, Mosquito and Spitfire being the key types to see action with American crews in American squadrons. The Spitfire was, by some margin, the most widely used of the three, and the Yanks that flew it in combat rated the fighter very highly.

Employed primarily by the six squadrons of the 31st and 52nd Fighter Groups, initially from airfields in the UK and then in North Africa and Italy, the Spitfire was used both as a fighter and fighter-bomber until it was replaced by the P-51 Mustang from the spring of 1944.

The final star-spangled Spitfires in the frontline were the Eighth Air Forces high-flying, and unarmed, PR XI photo-reconnaissance aircraft, flown by to the 7th Photographic Reconnaissance Group alongside F-5 Lightnings from November 1943.
Ranging as far into Germany as Berlin, the PR Blue Spitfires provided critical target imagery both pre- and post-strike for the Mighty Eighths heavy bombardment groups through to April 1945.

All feature here across a series of black and white and colour images that all capture some unique aspect of the star-spangled Spitfire's illustrious service career.

Author:Tony Holmes
Specs:100 pages, 25 x 19 x 0.9 cm / 9.8 x 7.5 x 0.35 in, paperback
Illustrations:101 b&w and 15 colour photographs
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2017)
Series:Images of War
EAN:9781473889231
Book: Star-Spangled Spitfires - Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives (Images of War)

Star-Spangled Spitfires - Rare Photographs from Wartime Archives

Language: English

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Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Incredibly, the men who designed the Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt Bf109 lacked any experience of designing a modern fighter. R J Mitchell had begun his career working on industrial steam locomotives, Willy Messerschmitt had cut his aeronautical teeth on light and fragile gliders and sporting planes.
Yet both men not only managed to devise aircraft which could hold their own in a world where other designs went from state-of-the-art to obsolete in a staggeringly short time, but their fighters remained competitive over six years of front-line combat.

Despite the different ways their creators approached their daunting tasks and the obstacles each faced in acceptance by the services for which they were designed, they proved to be so closely matched that neither side gained a decisive advantage in a titanic struggle.
Had either of them not matched up to its opponent so well, then the air war would have been a one-sided catastrophe ending in a quick defeat for the Allies or the Axis powers, and the course of twentieth century history would have been changed beyond recognition.

This book tells the story of both aircraft, which were both essential to the air campaigns of World War Two.

Author:David Owen
Specs:370 pages, 23.5 x 15.5 cm / 9.25 x 6.1 in, hardback
Illustrations:illustrated
Publisher:Pen & Sword Books Ltd (GB, 2015)
EAN:9781473828063
Book: Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Dogfight: The Supermarine Spitfire and the Messerschmitt BF109

Language: English

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Spitfire Mk.I/II Aces 1939-1941 (Osprey)

Spitfire Mk Is and IIs served only briefly in the frontline with the RAF, but their pilots were responsible for achieving impressive scores against the Luftwaffe during 1940/41.
This volume details the RAF's first aces of World War 2 who helped stem the German tide during Britain's struggle for survival in the bitter years between 1939 and 1941.
Early-mark Spitfires were notorious for their light armament, overheating engines and short range, but during the dogfights over Dunkirk and south-east England, then the first tentative sweeps across France, many pilots achieved scores of note.

Contents: Introduction - Initial Encounters - Improving the Breed - Battle of Britain - Further Improvements and New Tactics - Over to the Offensive - Top Spitfire Mk I - II Aces - Two Aces Profiled - Appendices.

Author:Dr. Alfred Price
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1996)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (12)
EAN:9781855326279
Book: Spitfire Mk.I/II Aces 1939-1941 (Osprey)

Spitfire Mk.I/II Aces 1939-1941

Language: English

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Polish Spitfire Aces (Osprey)

Of all Allied airmen, Polish pilots had had the most experience of fighting the Luftwaffe by the time the war came to Britain. As the Battle of Britain raged, they quickly proved themselves as highly aggressive and skilful interceptors, especially when flying the famous Spitfire.

The Polish Air Force eventually became the largest non-Commonwealth Spitfire operator, using some 1,500 Mks I, II, V, IX and XVI to devastating effect. Top scoring USAAF ace of the ETO, Francis "Gabby" Gabreski and a whole host of other Allied and Commonwealth aces flew with Polish squadrons, adding even more to their fighting quality.
Conversely, several Polish pilots were attached to other Allied squadrons throughout the war, demonstrating their prowess alongside airmen from a whole host of nations.

From an expert on Polish fighter aviation, this is a peerless account of the fiery, talented Polish "Spit" pilots, whose country had been overrun and whose aggression and determination to shoot down Axis aircraft was unmatched.

Contents: Get the Spitfire - Defending Britain - Hot summer of 1941 - Against the Focke-Wulfs - Dieppe landings - Mk IXs - Mediterranean adventures - Tactical air force - Get a Spitfire - Appendices.

Author:Wojtek Matusiak
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 22 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 8.7 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2015)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (127)
EAN:9781472808370
Book: Polish Spitfire Aces (Osprey)

Polish Spitfire Aces

Language: English

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Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42 (Osprey)

With stunning artwork and detailed analysis, this volume provides a pilot's view of the dramatic clashes between these two legendary fighters, as some of the most gifted and 'big name' aces of World War II went head to head in the skies of North-West Europe.

As the Battle of Britain approached its conclusion, two new versions of the famous Spitfire and Messerschmitt Bf 109 arrived on the scene. The RAF could see that the Luftwaffe were stepping down their incursions into British airspace, and went on to the offensive.
The Spitfire Mark II, and increasingly the Mark V, would fly over the picturesque English channel in fighter sweeps, or to escort vulnerable Blenheim bombers - waiting for them was the Bf 109F 'Friedrich'.

Yet despite the reversal of offensive and defensive dispositions, and despite the Luftwaffe deploying the bulk of their fighter strength to the Eastern Front in 1941, the Jagdflieger were able to inflict severe losses on their RAF counterparts.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Design and Development - Technical Specifications - The Strategic Situation - The Combatants - Combat - Statistics and Analysis - Aftermath - Further Reading - Index.

Author:Tony Holmes
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:numerous b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2017)
Series:Duel (67)
EAN:9781472805768
Book: Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42 (Osprey)

Spitfire II/V vs BF 109F : Channel Front 1940-42

Language: English

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Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain (Osprey)

Describes the Battle of Britain, the clash between the Spitfire I/II and the Bf 109E - detailing not only the key elements of both aircraft types - the airframe, engine, armament and flying characteristics, but also the pilots' training and tactics accompanied by diagrams of actual flight formations.
The growing influence of radar and the efforts of British air defences are also examined, as are real-life engagements - from both German and British perspectives.
With a wealth of first-hand accounts from the veterans who strapped themselves into these legendary machines as well as illustrations and cockpit-view artwork, this book puts the reader in the midst of a dogfight, providing a unique insight into one of the greatest duels of history in the world's first major aerial battle.

Contents: Introduction - Chronology - Strategic situation - Design & Development - Technical Specifications - Combatants - Combat - Analysis - Conclusion - Bibliography and further reading list.

Author:Tony Holmes
Specs:80 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2007)
Series:Duel (5)
EAN:9781846031908
Book: Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain (Osprey)

Spitfire vs Bf 109 - Battle of Britain

Language: English

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