Also as before, Hawkinge would host two Spitfire squadrons but, unlike before, they had to cope with two different types of Spitfire. One was equipped with the standard Mk VB but the other had the more powerful Spitfire VI.
Author: Dennis Newton
Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited
The brilliant career and moving personal story of Battle of Britain Spitfire ace and squadron leader Bob Bungey.
Alison Hill, Sisters in Spitfires Flying clearly stayed in the family, as Lou-Lou Troup told me: Although I am the youngest of three daughters, I was the only one interested in learning to fly – so I did, at the same age as Mummy had ...
Author: Alison Hill
Publisher: The History Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
PAULINE GOWER was the leader of the Spitfire women during the Second World War. After gaining her pilot’s licence at 20, she set up the first female joyriding business in 1931 with engineer Dorothy Spicer and took 33,000 passengers up for a whirl, clocking up more than 2,000 hours overall. Pauline went on to command the inaugural women’s section of the Air Transport Auxiliary (ATA) and achieved equal pay for her women pilots. She enabled them to fly ‘Anything to Anywhere’, including Tiger Moths, Hurricanes, Wellingtons and – their firm favourite – the Spitfire. Pauline Gower: Pioneering Leader of the Spitfire Women is a story of bravery, fortitude and political persuasion. Pauline was a clear leader of her time and a true pioneer of flight. She died after giving birth, at only 36; a life cut tragically short, but one of significant achievements. Pauline left a huge legacy for women in aviation.
... see Craven & Cate (eds), The Army Air Forces in World War II, Vol. One, p. 412. p. 223 For only 19 squadron leaders in RAAF, see Wilson, The eagle and the albatross, p. 173. p. 224 For Mackie's view, see Avery, Spitfire leader, pp.
Author: Anthony Cooper
Publisher: Pen and Sword
The Japanese air raids on Darwin on 19 February 1942 are well-known to most Australians, although not perhaps to the rest of the world. What happened afterwards, however, remains unknown to many. This publication attempts to illuminate this little-known period of war history, charting the exploits, losses and successes of the RAF's No 1 Fighter Wing and the contribution they made to the allied war effort. The stalwart Spitfire is celebrated in a narrative that is sure to appeal widely.For almost two years the airspace over North West Australia was routinely penetrated by Japanese raids, tallying about 70 in total. The 1942-43 air raids on Darwin constituted the only sustained and intensive direct assault on Australian mainland territory in the whole of World War II - and the whole history of post- 1788 Australia - yet, surprisingly, most Australians have no idea that it ever happened. And the rest of the world are yet more so in the dark.Telling the story of the RAF'S No 1 Fighter Wing, composed of both Australian and British Spitfire pilots, Darwin Spitfires explores the little known 1943 season of air combat over the top end, recovering important aspects of Australian history. It brings to the attention of the world the heroic exploits of the skilled pilots who did so much to protect Australia and support the Allied effort. This important publication attempts to celebrate and commemorate the spirit of solidarity that characterized the experiences of No 1 Fighter Wing.As featured in Aeroplane Monthly
'Hallo Firefly Yellow Section–110 behind you' – 'Hallo Cushing Control – Knockout Red leader returning to base to refuel.' 'Close up Knockout “N” for Nellie and watch for those 109s on your left' – 'All right Landsdown Squadron ...
Author: Jon E. Lewis
Publisher: Hachette UK
A celebration of the machine and the men who took to the skies in defence of Britain. It is also the dramatic illustration of a little understood truth: the Spitfire did more than win the Battle of Britain - it won the war. It was not Stalingrad which turned the corner of the war against Hitler, it was the Spitfire in the summer of 1940 when RAF Fighter Command destroyed the myth of Nazi invincibility. Praise for his previous books: London: The Autobiography: 'Fascinating ... brings the story of London to life' Good Book guide The English Soldier: The Autobiography: 'A triumph' Saul David, author of Victoria's Army 'Harrowing, funny and often unbelievable book.' Daily Express '[A] compelling tommy's eye view of war from Agincourt to Iraq' Daily Telegraph
... A. B., Fighter Command (1941) Austin, Douglas, Churchill and Malta (2006) Avery, Max, with Shores, Christopher, Spitfire Leader: The Story of Wing Commander Evan 'Rosie' Mackie (1999) Bader, Douglas, Fight for the Sky (1973) Bailey, ...
Author: Leo McKinstry
Publisher: Hachette UK
In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. A self-confident Herman Goring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born. Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.
To do this, his head disappeared below the cockpit canopy rails and the exertions of pulling at the lever with one hand and trying to fly the aeroplane with the other meant that those flying with him suddenly saw his Spitfire bouncing ...
Author: Bill Simpson
Publisher: Pen and Sword
On 8 September 1944 the first of over 1,000 V2 missiles aimed at southern England exploded in west London. It had been launched from a wooded street corner in Den Haag in the Netherlands. Fighter Command was responsible for defending Britain from air attack and thus Air Marshal Roderic Hill countered the threat by using six squadrons of Spitfires from 12 Group bases in Norfolk to discover and then dive-bomb the mobile V2 launch sites scattered throughout the Dutch towns and countryside. This was no easy task as the missiles were well camouflaged and often positioned adjacent to dwellings occupied by civilians. The RAF was under orders to cause minimum damage to Dutch property and life, therefore precision bombing became a necessity. This is a full account of the campaign including discussions of the strategy and tactics employed and the equipment used and it also considers the effect upon Dutch civilians. It draws upon the experiences of sixteen Allied pilots, ground crew and the Dutch who were at the receiving-end of the attacks.
14:30 hours the Mustangs duly 'attacked' the Spitfires. The Spitfire leader commenced a climbing turn to port and despatched Blue Section to attack. They disappeared beneath and to starboard of the main formation. Blue Leader (Popelka) ...
Author: Andy Saunders
Publisher: Grub Street Publishing
The logical successor to the highly acclaimed Finding the Few and Finding the Foe, this new work covers a selection of similar mysteries involving missing aircrew and spanning almost the entire twentieth century. Starting with a reappraisal of the Mannock affair, the author highlights the fates variously of RAF, USAF, Luftwaffe personnel from bomber, reconnaissance and fighter crews. Each case is examined with a microscopic and forensic approach worthy of Silent Witness, and evaluates the detective work involved in unraveling these long-unsolved disappearances of lost airmen. In many cases there is a satisfactory conclusion with ‘closure’ achieved – although some question marks are left hanging unanswered over other equally fascinating cases. Every bit as intriguing as Andy’s earlier works, this is destined to be equally well received and avidly awaited.
238 Hurricane Squadron – Squadron Leader Harold Fenton; Flight Lieutenant Minden Blake (acting C.O. until 15/9/40) (to St. Eval on 14/8/40, returning Middle Wallop 9/9/40) No. 609 Spitfire Squadron – Squadron Leader Horace Darley (also ...
Author: Richard Collier
This is the gripping story of the Battle of Britain; of some of the most fateful weeks in history. Drawing on eyewitness accounts from both the RAF and the Luftwaffe, this is a compelling story of history in the making through an intensely fought battle, taking the reader into the heart of the action as told by those who fought and experienced it. The book not only captures the often savage reality of the air battles over the Channel and southern England, but it also traces the true course of the Battle of Britain as it unfolded between August 6th and September 15th, 1940 as the German and British Commanders made their fateful decisions, and Spitfires and Messerschmitts whirled and fought in the skies. It was in these six weeks that the fate of the war, and Britain, were to be decided. A classic account of one of the Second World War’s most iconic battles, perfect for readers of Max Hastings or James Holland.
Lieutenant Peter Louw was flying one of six Spitfires of 242 Squadron engaged on a fighter sweep over Florence. The aircraft's engine temperature started to rise and the Spitfire leader told Louw to return to base with his section ...
Author: Graham Pitchfork
Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing
The RAF's Air Sea Rescue Service saved thousands of RAF, Commonwealth and Allied airmen between 1939 and 1945. This fascinating account draws on first-hand interviews, photographs and official documents to reveal some of its most dramatic missions in northwest Europe, the Mediterranean and the Far East. Those shot down at sea faced terrifying dangers, from weather extremes to enemy fighters, and rescue by airborne or seaborne craft was fraught with difficulty. These incredible stories celebrate the courage, persistence and ingenuity of the men who found themselves 'in the drink' and those who saved them.
... Russell apprentice on Spitfire restoration 114 Cockle, Squadron Leader Alan Editor ofBateleur 93 Cockcroft, Bud flies Bell 205 for filming ofPK350 181 flies board of inquiry members to PK350 crash site 194 Cold War 66 Cordy-Hedge, ...
Author: Nick Meikle
The story of one of history’s greatest fighter aircraft from WWII to its remarkable restoration in 1980 Rhodesia: “an aviation classic-in-waiting” (Airscape). In 1977, the Rhodesian Air Force retrieved a World War II–era Supermarine Spitfire F Mk 22. But while the RAF was embroiled in the Bush War, the dream of restoring the aircraft was frustrated by international sanctions. That’s when legendary pilot John “Jack” McVicar Malloch took control of the project. Not only had Jack flown Spitfires during World War II, he was also uniquely positioned to circumvent sanctions through his airfreight company, Air Trans Africa. With ingenuity, passion, and a team of trusted engineers, Jack realized the dream of putting Spitfire PK350 back in the air on March 29, 1980. In Malloch’s Spitfire, author Nick Meikle tells the full story of this remarkable restoration and reveals some fascinating insights about the aircraft. The reader is taken on a journey through the Spitfire’s life, beginning with her first test flight in 1945. The project’s lead engineer and many of the surviving pilots who flew her also share their memories. For two years, PK350 delighted those fortunate enough to see her fly. Then, on what was planned to be her last flight, Malloch’s Spitfire never returned to base.