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Modified for low-level operations to counter Luftwaffe attacks on the south coast, the Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV became the best low-level fighter ofWorld War 2. Squadrons moved to southeastern England to counter the V1 flying bomb offensive, and daring pilots tipped the V1 over with the aircraft's wingtip to disorientate the bomb and became "doodlebug aces." Andrew Thomas also investigates the role played by the modified Spitfire squadrons after the V1 offensive, both in the attack on Germany and after the war in Malaya and Palestine. First-hand stories, photographs and color profiles complete this account of the aces who flew the most powerful Spitfire variant ever built.

Table of Contents

Background to Griffon-engined Spitfire/Description of initial victories with Mk XII & personal accounts/Fighter operations from UK up to D-Day/The campaign against the V1 flying bomb/Operations over France, Belgium and Holland in advance to German border up to end 1944/Fighter operations during the advance through Germany to the final surrender including successful combats against Luftwaffe jets/Fighter operations by Griffon-Spitfire from UK spring 1945/Griffon-Spitfires in the Far East/Post-war air combat action over Egypt/Last operations by Spitfires in Malaya

Product details

Published Apr 22 2008
Format Paperback
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781846032981
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 93 b/w; 32 col
Dimensions 10 x 7 inches
Series Aircraft of the Aces
Short code ACE 81
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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