SQUADRONS! No.62: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk I – The beginning, the Regular squadrons

The Spitfire was designed as a short-range interceptor which first flew on 5 March 1936 and was soon ordered in large quantities.The first production Spitfire came off the assembly line in mid-1938 and by the outbreak of war over 300 have been delivered to the RAF and ten squadrons already operational. During the Phoney War, the Spitfire was not deployed on the Continent and remained based on its British stations to defend the country while other squadrons were converted. It is in this role the Spitfire claimed its first victories over the Luftwaffe. When the military situation obliged the British to evacuate the continental Europe via Dunkirk, the Spitfire squadrons were called to cover the withdrawal, a period during which the type performed.
This chapter covers the operational usage of the regular squadrons (19, 41, 54, 64, 65, 66, 72, 74, 92, 152, 222, 234, 238 and 266) between 1 September 1939 and 30 June 1940. Close to 70 photographs and 10 colour plates illustrate the book.

(see SQUADRONS 49 for the Auxiliary squadrons)

ISBN: 978-2494471-08-5



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