History and Operations

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History and Operations

Articles, papers, memories about the Spitfire, people who flew it and World War II in the air

Added during 2012

2012-01-23

Barry Spicer is a celebrated aviation artist from Adelaide, Australia. Barry considers himself lucky to be able to do something he loves, and his ...

2012-01-18

In the lighter moments of World War II, the Spitfire was used in an unorthodox role: bringing beer kegs to the men in Normandy.

Added during 2011

2011-12-23

In October 2011, a group of amateur aviation historians have unearthed the wreckage of a Spitfire in Northern France near the village of Hardifort. Its discovery was accidental: a film crew making a World War Two documentary was excavating what they believed was the wreckage of a downed Czech aircraft when they realised that they came across a different crash site...

2011-05-05

This little gem arrived in a recent newsletter from the Australian Spitfire Association. If you thought you were a tough weather golfer…. Established in ...

2011-03-30

Advanced Landing Ground (ALG) – B.88 near the town of Heesch, in Noord-Brabant, the southern part of Holland, was the 88th airfield on the ...

2011-03-23

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...

2011-03-07

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 ...

2011-01-28

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

Added during 2010

2010-10-12

6 October 1940 Even under the best of circumstances, fighter operations of the 1940 would be a highly challenging business. Complexity of aircraft built ...

2010-10-05

30 September Monday, 30 September saw the last major daylight attack against London. Before noon, the Germans sent two large formations of between 200 ...