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We’re looking for interesting photos to be added to this collection. All contributions, accompanied by a brief description, should be sent by email to editor@spitfiresite.com. Full credit is always given to owners/authors submitting the items. Thank you.

Added during 2012


A few weeks ago I was pleasantly surprised to receive an email containing a unique photos of various Spitfires. You can image my surprise when I found out that these were sent personally by one of the surviving Battle of Britain pilots...


The following series of period photographs, sourced from the records of the Ministry of Aircraft Production, show the various details of Spitfire Mk. II.


A pilot relieves another at the controls of Supermarine Spitfire Mk. I serial no., X4381 SD-J, of No. 501 Squadron RAF, at Colerne, Wiltshire. ...


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


  This picture shows the arrangement of the instrument panel for the Spitfire Mk. VIII. The image and its description originates from the Pilot’s ...


This is a photo of Polish Sgt Wlodzimierz Chojnacki in his Spitfire, possibly taken at Northolt or Kirton in Lindsey in 1942. This gentleman ...


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...


An entire complement of Spitfires Mk. IXC of No. 485 (New Zealand) Squadron lined up at the USAAF Station 112 Bovingdon in Hertfordshire on 30 March 1944


Another mystery photo today. A cheery group of French personnel posing in front of an impressive lineup of Spifires Mk. V. This picture originates ...


Spitfire PR Mk. IV, the mainstay of RAF reconnaissance operations from June 1941 until the end of 1942.