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Defence to Offence /Leaning into Europe /Greatest Air Battles /The Endless Offensive /Preparing for Invasion /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Bibliography /Index
Published to coincide with the 80th birthday of the Spitfire, this is the combat history of one of the most iconic planes ever built as it pushed on from the successes of the Battle of Britain and took the fight to the Germans over the Channel between 1941-43, a period in which more than 100 pilots claimed Ace status.
Andrew Thomas joined the RAF to fly straight from school and he has maintained his enthusiastic interest in the history and development of the Service from which he has recently retired. Specialising in the history of the RAF and the Commonwealth Air Forces, he has previously published more than a dozen volumes in the Osprey Aircraft of the Aces series. Chris Thomas has had profile illustrations published in Air Enthusiast, Aeroplane Monthly, Flypast and Le Fana de l'Aviation. He also illustrated the 2nd Tactical Air Force series with more than 90 profiles of the various types employed by that force. Producing the artwork for this volume will enable him to bring to bear his specialist knowledge of the markings and detailed appearance of the subject aircraft.
"*** Three stars." - Air Classics Magazine "This one is something that I can highly recommend to Spitfire boffins and enthusiasts of the air war in Europe as well as fans of the series." - Modeling Madness "If you are an aviation history enthusiast you are going to enjoy reading this book." - IPMS/USA