SQUADRONS! No.37: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV – The Belgian and Dutch squadrons

The Spitfire XIV was the logical development of the Spitfire Mk XII (see SQUADRONS! 5). The Mk.XIV differed from the Mk.XII in that the longer, two-stage supercharged Griffon 65 was […]

SQUADRONS! No.38 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk II – The Rhodesian, Dominion and Eagle squadrons

Once production of the Spitfire Mk.I was underway, an improved version was looked at based around the 1175hp Merlin XII. The Spitfire Mk.II, or Supermarine 329 as its constructor named […]

SQUADRONS! No.39: The Douglas Boston & Havoc – The Intruders

The Douglas Boston or Havoc is one major aircraft of WW2. Designed as a light bomber, it proved to be very versatile and was used with success in various roles […]

SQUADRONS! No.40: The North American Mustang III over Italy and the Balkans (Pt-1)

The North American Mustang is certainly one of the legendary fighters of the Second World War. The aircraft can be split into two ‘families’, the Allison-powered and Merlin-powered. The RAF […]

SQUADRONS! No.41: The Bristol Brigand

The Bristol Brigand was developed at the end of WW2 as a replacement for the Bristol Beaufighter. Initially developed as a torpedo-fighter, the design was modified after the war in […]

SQUADRONS! No.42: The Supermarine Mk V – The Australians

Paradoxically, the Mk.V, which ended up being the most numerous variant of the famous fighter built, was not even an intended development of the design. Indeed, it was only considered […]

SQUADRONS! No.43: The Hawker Typhoon – The Rhodesian squadrons

The Hawker Typhoon was designed to Air Ministry specification F.18/37 which sought to take advantage of the new generation of 2000hp engines and satisfy the latest requirements in armament. This […]

SQUADRONS! No.44: The Supermarine Spifire F.22 & F.24

Belonging to the ‘third generation’ of Spitfires, alongside the F.21 and the F.24, the Spitfire F.22 was developed almost in parallel to the F.21 and was identical to the 21 […]

SQUADRONS! No.45: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX – The Belgian and Dutch squadrons

The Spitfire Mk.IX is one of the best known versions of the Spitfire. However, it should never really have existed. Its creation can be attributed to the appearance of the […]