Spitfire Aces of the Channel Front 1941-43 cover
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Eighty years after the Spitfire was first developed, it remains an icon of military aviation. Though many associate its victory during the Battle of Britain as the high point in the history of the Spitfire, the years following were of equal importance. Having weathered the initial storm, at the start of 1941 Fighter Command took the fight to the Germans with offensive missions over the Channel.

This book reveals how RAF squadrons, first using the Spitfire I and II and then, following the introduction of the Bf 109, the cannon-armed Spitfire V, embarked on a range of missions which included one of the most important air battles of the war, over Dieppe on August 19, 1942. Alongside British pilots were squadrons manned by exiled Europeans and pilots from the RAAF, RCAF, and RNZAF. In just three years, over one hundred of these racked up ace status in the Spitfire.

Table of Contents

Defence to Offence /Leaning into Europe /Greatest Air Battles /The Endless Offensive /Preparing for Invasion /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Bibliography /Index

Product details

Published Jun 21 2016
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472812582
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 80 b/w; 36 col
Dimensions 248 x 184 mm
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 131
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Mark Postlethwaite

Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1…

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Chris Thomas

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