Spitfire Mk Is and IIs served only briefly in the frontline with the RAF, but their pilots were responsible for achieving impressive scores against the Luftwaffe during 1940/41. This volume details the RAF's first aces of World War 2 who helped stem the German tide during Britain's struggle for survival in the bitter years between 1939 and 1941. Early-mark Spitfires were notorious for their light armament, overheating engines and short range, but during the dogfights over Dunkirk and south-east England, then the first tentative sweeps across France, many pilots achieved scores of note.
Read an extract of Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939–41
Table of Contents
Introduction/Initial Encounters/Improving the Breed/Battle of Britain/Further Improvements and New Tactics/Over to the Offensive/Top Spitfire Mk I/II Aces/Two Aces Profiled/Appendices