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Griffon Spitfire Aces
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Manufacturer: Osprey Books
Stock Number: OSP ACE81
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Author: Andrew Thomas
Illustrator: Chris Davey

About this book
Modified for low-level operations to counter Luftwaffe attacks on the south coast, the Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV became the best low-level fighter of World War II. Squadrons moved to south-eastern England to counter the V1 flying bomb offensive, where daring pilots pioneered the technique of tipping the V1 over with the aircraft's wingtip to disorientate the bomb. 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 colour profiles complete this account of the aces who flew the most powerful Spitfire variant ever built.

  • 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
Paperback; April 2008; 96 pages; ISBN: 9781846032981

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