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By Troy Smith, on Monday, 11 July at 1:00

HI Robin this photo is in various Spitfire books, along with other photos of 208 Squadron. Notice the Crown Copyright. It shows the late 1940's desert scheme, of Dark Earth and Light Slate Grey also used on Tempests in the area There is a colour photo of a Spitfire 18 warbird with cowling panels in these colours

In No. 208 Squadron's Spitfires Mk. XVIII »

By Peter Thomson, on Saturday, 9 July at 19:54

You are correct Colin my grandfather was a pilot with 111 squadron and flew the Mk IXc with clipped wings at that time. He flew JU-D, JU-C and was shot down by flak south of Rome in JU-E. These were all Mk IXc aircraft. Prior to that 111 had MK V Spitfires.

In No. 111 Squadron in Sicily »

By George Greenfield, on Friday, 8 July at 11:27

I've always thought Sholto Douglas was a second-rate commander (since discovering he advocated the creation of 10 squadrons of Defiants in 1939) and this account confirms me in that opinion. The Circus concept was militarily pointless, and merely served to cost the RAF the services of many experienced fighter pilots, who were shot down for no good reason (including Douglas Bader, for example). As a result of this mistakenly aggressive policy we gave the Luftwaffe exactly the same opportunity in 1941 as they had given us in 1940, and with an even worse result - the defending side achieved a roughly 2:1 kill/loss ratio, and the attacking side did no damage of significance. Meanwhile, Greece, Crete and Singapore were lost and Malta was beleaguered, all largely due to inadequate fighter defences. It is one of the mysteries of the war why Spitfires were not deployed overseas until June 1942, when Malta was on the verge of capitulation. Sholto Douglas was in charge during that period, and should bear much of the blame.

In 1941: The Difficult Year »

By Royston Smith, on Wednesday, 22 June at 9:00

Looking for a photo of Spitfire EN666 or one similar used by 17 (training) Group, Coastal Command, Haverfordwest in 1945. Can you please help. Thanks

In Spitfire Mk. IX, XI and XVI - Variants Much Varied »

By Chris Barrett, on Friday, 17 June at 21:07

I was present at Mehrabad Airport (Teheran) when Jeffrey Quill flew the Supermarine Attacker in as part of a world sales tour. I am certain that this was the first jet aircraft to land in Teheran. It caused a great stir and I have photographs of the aircraft with crew standing beside. I was six at the time.

In Jeffrey Quill - Spitfire Test Pilot »

By william croxon, on Saturday, 11 June at 9:55

I knew James "Jimmy" McAuliffe as a Child and this AirCraft may have been his as he told us his aircraft was FU symbol 2 but was forced to change it to a letter so he changed it to Z, his boat in his last years on the Murray river in South Australia (morgan) was called FU2,2. true story

In Servicing Spitfire Mk. V, No. 453 Squadron RAAF »

By Dave Key, on Tuesday, 7 June at 11:06

Rereading this thread, and thinking about Julie's question made me wonder. Several people have mentioned relatives who worked at Castle Bromwich but most appear to have been late in the war, i.e. 1941+ I was wondering if there is anyone, or anyone knows of anyone, who worked there when it was under the control of Nuffield between 1938 and 1940? Or anyone whose relatives did? If so, I'd be very interested in talking to them! Regards Dave Volunteer historian at Hursley Park (HQ to Supermarine Design and Production from late 1940 until 1958)

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Dave Key, on Tuesday, 7 June at 10:56

Hi Julie, There are many stories, and I have my own opinions, but you asked for books. My personal opinion is that there is, as I suspect you have found, surprisingly little written, and what is written has definitely had something of a gloss added over some of the less 'glorious' aspects of the Spitfire story ... but such is history. I too would like to see more of the detail, indeed I am working on it as I type, but more research is needed. So if you, or anyone else, can help... I too would be very interested to hear from them! Anyway, for me The most interesting, and easily obtainable, book is 'Spitfire: Portrait of a Legend' by Leo McKinstry who takes a close look at the failures of Castle Bromwich in the lead up to the Battle of Britain and suggests some reasons for them. If you want a sympathic, and different, assessment see if you can get hold of 'Never a dull moment at Supermarine, A personal history' by Denis Le P Webb who was a Supermariner through and through, and although not at Castle Bromwich his assessment is worth reading. Denis' book could have done with an extra prof read (I should talk!!) but it is, like the other books by Russell and Griff', the

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Stuart bean, on Thursday, 2 June at 15:04

Great article, thanks. I may be able to add to the info known about EP706. My Grandfather was RAF ground crew, and one of the aircraft they repaired was EP706. I have the records of the repairs made, after it was received by the MU on the 23/10/42. They were asked to investigate a possible strain to the wing attachments. After 7 pages of notes it ends with "Cowled up a/c sent to Kala 27/1/43.

In EP706, The Malta Defender »

By Wendy Barton (nee Watson), on Wednesday, 1 June at 18:48

During the 2nd world war, my father was sent to the south coast to help develop radar. At that time, he worked in the physics labs of Marlborough College. They were then moved to Malvern to continue their work, safely away from the coast. As he was away from home for a long time, tension built between my parents. My mother accused my father of having an affair which he always denied. I suspect he couldn't tell my mother the truth as he must have signed the official secrets act. His last name was Watson but I gather he was not related to Watson Watt. Nevertheless, I feel a great sense of pride.

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »

By Julie Marano, on Thursday, 19 May at 23:51

Hi, I have a customer who is looking for any books on the Castle Bromwich Aircraft factory. He specifically wanted to know why it took so long for the factory to start producing and there was mention above about some problems. Does anyone know of specifics or a book that can explain that? I would appreciate any help. Many thanks Julie Noosa Book Shop Australia

In Castle Bromwich Spitfire and Lancaster Factory in Pictures »

By Jonathan, on Thursday, 19 May at 12:22

Quite simple - See ‘Most Secret War’ – R V Jones (as per Ludlow) brilliant book, brilliant man, where have they gone when we (are going) to need them?

In Deflating British Radar Myths of World War II »