Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939-41, Dr Alfred Price

Spitfire Mark I/II Aces 1939-41, Dr Alfred Price

The book looks at the short frontline career of the early Mark I and Mark II Spitfires, which really only lasted into the summer of 1941. In that short period the aircraft became a legend, fighting throughout the Battle of Britain (alongside the Hurricane).

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!

Initial Encounters
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
Edition: Paperback
Pages: 100
Publisher: Osprey
Year: 1996

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