A Tale of Ten Spitfires: The Combat Histories of Spitfire VCs AR501 to AR510

A Tale of Ten Spitfires: The Combat Histories of Spitfire VCs AR501 to AR510

by Andrew Critchell


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The Fw190s supremacy over the Spitfire V is a classic legend from the Second World War, heralding one of the darkest times for Fighter Command and the RAF. _A Tale of Ten Spitfires_ brings this legend to life by examining the individual combat histories of ten Spitfire VCs, the first of which is the Shuttleworth Collection’s well known Spitfire AR501, followed by the next nine on the production line, AR502 to AR510.

This link to a ‘living’ airframe, whose first flight after a lengthy restoration is imminent, provides an ideal hook for the enthusiast and also members of the wider public with a more general interest in this classic British icon.

Through first hand accounts, combat reports, unit diaries and more, the book provides a unique looking glass into the period, told via the experiences of the Spitfire pilots themselves, tracing their fates and those of the ten machines that they flew.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781526728098
Publisher: Pen and Sword
Publication date: 11/16/2018
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x (d)

About the Author

Having a passion for military aviation history for as long as he can remember, Andrew has contributed numerous articles and photographs to aviation magazines both in the UK and Europe since his first image was published in _Flypast_ magazine in 2000. The result of an article idea that ran wild, _A Tale of Ten Spitfires_ is Andrew’s first book.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments vii

Introduction ix

Chapter 1 Genesis of the Spitfire Mk V and the Fw 190 1

Chapter 2 Flying with the Czechs - AR501, 502, 503 - 310 Squadron - July 1942 to March 1943 9

Chapter 3 AR501 - 310 Squadron, 312 Squadron - March 1943 to the present day 42

Chapter 4 AR503 - 504 Squadron, 308 Squadron - March 1943 to August 1945 52

Chapter 5 AR504 - 312 Squadron, 504 Squadron - July 1942 to May 1945 64

Chapter 6 AR505 - 19 Squadron, 402 Squadron - July 1942 to November 1943 78

Chapter 7 AR506 - 310 Squadron, 131 Squadron - July 1942 to August 1943 94

Chapter 8 AR507, AR508 and AR509 - 610 Squadron, 167 Squadron and 611 Squadron - July 1942 to May 1945 107

Chapter 9 AR510 - 452 Squadron RAAF - May to June 1943 141

Postscript 151

Glossary 153

Bibliography 154

Appendices 157

Notes 165

Index 173

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