The Story of the Spitfire

The Story of the Spitfire
Description
The Spitfire symbolised Britain's fight against the Luftwaffe in World War Two. Its power, combined with well-trained and aggressive pilots, saw it dominate the skies. Fighter Command pilots in 1938 were delighted with the Spitfire. By the Battle of Britain the RAF was ready to forge the Spitfire legend. There were 19 squadrons during the summer of 1940; it was only later the numbers swelled. At times the combat initiative was lost to Bf 109s and Fw 190s, but with better training and increased performance Spitfire clawed its way back. By 1944 it was employed as fighter-bomber in various theatres of war; many pilots thought strapping bombs below this aircraft verged on insult but with aerial targets in short supply this was the most effective way of reaching the enemy. Spitfire saw action up to 1948 and there are still around 50 airworthy today.

The Story of the Spitfire
ISBN: 9780750968539