This volume has a slightly different feel to most entries in this series. The chapters on the combat record of the Spitfire still contain a fair share of personal stories, but there is more focus on the wider events of the battle than is sometimes the case. The result is a rather more readable account of the fighting that involved the Spitfire is sometimes the case with the Aircraft of the Aces series, with the result that the outline of events is rather easier to follow.
The last two chapters of the book then concentrate entirely a selection of the aces, looking at the top ten Spitfire aces and then focusing on two men in particular, George Unwin and Desmond Sheen, an early Australian ace. These chapters provide the individual details that are less to the fore elsewhere in the book.
As ever this is a well illustrated book, although considering the limited range of colour schemes in use at the time one could argue that forty colour illustrations showing the paint colours of the Spitfire is a little excessive!
Improving the Breed
Battle of Britain
Further Improvements and New Tactics
Over the the Offensive
Top Spitfire Mk I/II Aces
Two Aces Profiled
Author: Alfred Price