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Squadrons!

No. 1 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VI

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Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Squadrons! No.1 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.VI

ISBN: 978-2918590-38-5 (Paperback) ISBN: 978-2918590-25-5 (e-book/e-pub/kindle)

by Phil H. Listermann

Contents & Media:

Soft Cover, A4 portrait format, US Trade Paper Binding, 28 pages, also available in PDF, EPUB and SRC digital formats

Price:

Digital format available on-line from RAF-In-Combat.com for €8.95 and paperback for US$12.95.

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Covers the operations of a Spitfire mark rarely covered.

Disadvantages:

None noted

Conclusion:

This series is quite specialized in nature with its focus firmly on squadron usage - hardly surprising given the series’ title! The booklet gives a good insight into the Spitfire Mk.IV’s service, and interesting accounts of the operational experiences of those who flew it. Recommended for Spitfire aficionados.


Reviewed by Mark Davies


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In many Spitfire histories the Mk.VI often gets little more than a passing mention, no doubt because there were only 99 of them. So it is a good thing to have a publication dedicated to this mark.

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This is the first in a new series from RAF-IN-COMBAT.com, and presumably subsequent titles will follow a similar format to this first one; this being:

  • Glossary – Personnel, Ranks, Other, and Fighter Command Offensive Operation Codenames.

  • The Spitfire VI – Brief development history and production serial numbers.

  • Squadron Usage – 124 Sqn, July 1942 to May 1943. Operational accounts, claims and summaries of aircraft lost on operations and to accidents.

  • Squadron Usage – 616 Sqn, April 1942 to December 1943. Operational accounts, claims and summaries of aircraft lost on operations and to accidents.

  • With Other Fighter Units – Brief accounts of squadrons involved and number of sorties flown.

  • With Meteorological Units – Brief historical account.

  • In The Middle East – Brief historical account.

  • In Memoriam – Pilots killed flying the Spitfire Mk.VI.

The book features 14 photographs, most good, of the Mk VI; and eight of just aircrew. At the end are two nicely rendered full-page colour profiles. 

 

 

The book is available in four formats, printed paperback or downloadable in three digital formats from the publisher and others. The printed example’s quality of production is good, although on matt paper. I cannot comment on the appearance of the digital formats.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This series is quite specialized in nature with its focus firmly on squadron usage - hardly surprising given the series’ title! The booklet gives a good insight into the Spitfire Mk.IV’s service, and interesting accounts of the operational experiences of those who flew it. Recommended for Spitfire aficionados.

Thanks to RAF-In-Combat.com for the review samples.


Review Copyright 2016 by Mark Davies
This Page Created on 5 January, 2016
Last updated 5 January, 2016

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