The Y2K Spitfire left Monday… Still got Spitfire Fever? A section of our Research Library houses books about Spitfires. Some of the titles you might be interested in reading include:
The Spitfire Story by Alfred Price – the author points out that “… to the British people the Spitfire was far more than just a sleek machine. It was… a symbol of defiance and hope for Britain and her allies in the dark days of 1940, of victory in the air during the years of conflict that followed, and today of nostalgia for those who lived through those hectic times…”
The book includes artwork, line drawings, and photos that focus on the evolution of the Spitfire.
“The Spitfire is the most famous aircraft ever made. Although the Hawker Hurricane was actually responsible for more ‘kills’ during the Battle of Britain, the Supermarine Spitfire has come to symbolize that vital struggle in the summer of 1940. In Spitfire, David Oliver describes how a typical interception mission was performed during the Battle of Britain, the best way for a Spitfire to shoot down a German bomber, what to do – and what not to do – when tangling with a Messerschmitt Bf-109.”
Spitfires and Polished Metal ~ Restoring the Classic Fighter was written by Graham Moss and Barry McKee. ” ‘Historic Flying’ is a company that has an international reputation for rebuilding Supermarine Spitfires to flying condition. Since their formation… they have rebuilt ten aircraft. This book chronicles the history of the company and tells how the aircraft were salvaged, explains in minute detail the restoration process and the skills that have been relearned to ensure Spitfires survive to thrill their pilots…
If you were interested in the restoration of the Y2K Spitfire here in Comox and at Vintage Wings Canada, you might find this book a good read; its focus is on the company in Britain.
Combat Legend Spitfire Mks VI-F.24 includes colour profiles, detailed 3-views, as well as ‘real action’ cover art. Peter Caygill, the author details “full technical specifications, complete operational history and first-hand accounts of flying the aircraft.
Wg Cdr T.F. Neil DFC, AFC, AE writes, “At the end of August 1942, I was posted to command No 41 (Fighter) Squadron, then stationed at RAF Llanbedr, near Harlech in Wales. The squadron was equipped with Spitfire Mk Vbs… Needless to say I was delighted… ” His perspective in From the Cockpit ~ Spitfire is unique.
Ultimate Spitfires, another book by Peter Caygill “… explains the design details, development and flight testing of twelve models and also contains their operational roles and history. Lengthy appendices include Griffon-powered Spitfire aces, V1 rocket destruction aces and Griffon-powered Spitfire losses.”
The Spitfire Pocket Manual, All Marks in Service 1939 – 1945 was compiled by Martin Robson for the Air Ministry. Chapters include ‘Fighting Tactics for Squadron Formations of Fighters and Bombers’, ‘ Spitfire Mark V Pilot’s Notes’, ‘Spitfire Aircraft for Malta, 1942’… along with others.
David Curnock wrote Little Book of the Spitfire. “The Spitfire lives on… Her place in history is assured, not only as a beautiful and effective fighting machine, but also as a symbol of hope for a nation in the dark years of conflict.” This little book includes chapters such as ‘The Power and the Growler’, ‘From the Cockpit’, ‘Like a Duck to Water’… and has many photos and specific details about the types of Spitfires.