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ACE 016 Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941–45

ACE 016 Spitfire Mark V Aces 1941–45
Autor: Alfred Price
Data publikacji: 1997-11-15
ISBN: 9781855326354
Wydawca: OSPREY
Język: angielski
Wymiary: 248 x 184mm
Oprawa: miękka
Liczba stron: 100
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Opis produktu:

As the first Spitfire variant to see extensive service outside of Britain, the Mk V fought the Axis alliance over the deserts of North Africa, the waters of the Mediterranean and the vast expanses of the Indian Ocean off the northern coast of Australia. Initially produced in haste to combat the arrival of new German fighters (the Bf 109F and the Fw 190) on the Channel front, the Mk V had been created simply by pairing a Mk I or II fuselage with the new Merlin 45 engine - so successfully that some 6479 airframes were eventually built. Although often outclassed (particularly on the Channel front by the Fw 190) by later generation fighters, the Mk V nevertheless proved to be a worthy opponent when flown by pilots of the calibre of Malan, Tuck, Johnson, Beurling, Caldwell and Duke, who all enjoyed success with it thanks to its agility and increased armament.

Contents
  • Introduction
  • Stop-Gap Spitfire Variant
  • Improving the Breed
  • In Action over North-West Europe
  • Air Battle for Malta
  • Spitfire Vs Far and Wide
  • Top Spitfire Mark V Aces
  • Appendices

Dr Alfred Price served as an aircrew officer in the Royal Air Force, where he was a crewman on Vulcan bombers and specialized in electronic warfare and air fighting tactics. In a military flying career spanning fifteen years he logged over 4,000 flying hours. He left the service in 1974 and since then has been a full-time writer on aviation subjects. He is author of 46 books and more than 200 magazine articles. He holds a PhD in History from Loughborough University and is a Fellow of the Royal Historical Society.



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