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Here is one of those wartime photographs which at first glance raise more questions than answers. What we have here is a very anonymous photo-reconnaissance Spitfire, unidentified machine of an unidentified unit...


Last weekend marked the 75th Anniversary of the Spitfire. On 5 March 1936, the yet unnamed prototype of Mitchell’s elegant new fighter took off ...


An entirely new Spitfire squadron is to be formed in Enstone, Oxfordshire...

Added during 2010


Operation Torch, the Allied landings in North Africa, was followed by the Battle of Bone, a fierce aerial conflict which curiously remains one of the lesser known aerial battles of World War II.


Contemporary public reactions to the spectacle of the Battle of Britain - traced by Brett Holman.


“The donor of £5,000 is entitled to name an aircraft. So long as it remains in service it bears that name; when its life ...


England, 1942. Sqn/Ldr Don Andrews, the CO of No. 453 Squadron RAAF, pictured with his dog, named Sprog. [Jack Yarra, via Australian War Memorial] ...


The biggest Airfix Spitfire model ever, assembled and painted, is rolled out from the hangar at Cosford The Airfix Spitfire made its way to ...


This is the front cover of a book by J. M. Spaight on British airpower, called The Sky’s the Limit. It was published in ...


Australian Spitfire pilots. From left, Flying Officer Ken E.D. Bassett , Flight Lieutenant P. St. J. Makin and Flying Officer J.H. Bisley, 1943. [National ...