Griffon Spitfire Aces

Griffon Spitfire Aces

Aircraft of the Aces 81
  • Author: Andrew Thomas
  • Illustrator: Chris Davey
  • Short code: ACE 81
  • Publication Date: 2 Apr 2008
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Modified for low-level operations to counter Luftwaffe attacks on the south coast, the Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV became the best low-level fighter of World War II. Squadrons moved to south-eastern England to counter the V1 flying bomb offensive, where daring pilots pioneered the technique of tipping the V1 over with the aircraft's wingtip to disorientate the bomb. Andrew Thomas also investigates the role played by the modified Spitfire squadrons after the V1 offensive, both in the attack on Germany and after the war in Malaya and Palestine. First-hand stories, photographs and colour profiles complete this account of the aces who flew the most powerful Spitfire variant ever built.

Biographical Note

Andrew Thomas is one of Britain's most pre-eminent RAF researchers, having published numerous squadron histories and seven volumes in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series. He is presently a serving officer in the RAF.Based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, Chris Davey has illustrated more than 20 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft and Aviation Elite Units series since 1994. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax and Sunderland.

Contents

Background to Griffon-engined Spitfire
Description of initial victories with Mk XII & personal accounts
Fighter operations from UK up to D-Day
The campaign against the V1 flying bomb
Operations over France, Belgium and Holland in advance to German border up to end 1944
Fighter operations during the advance through Germany to the final surrender including successful combats against Luftwaffe jets
Fighter operations by Griffon-Spitfire from UK spring 1945
Griffon-Spitfires in the Far East
Post-war air combat action over Egypt
Last operations by Spitfires in Malaya

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