By Tony Holmes
Only a handful of British strive against airplane wore the celebs and bars of the USAAF through the moment international struggle, with the Beaufighter, Mosquito and Spitfire being the major varieties to work out motion with American crews in American squadrons. The Spitfire used to be, through a few margin, the main everyday of the 3, and the Yanks that flew it in strive against rated the fighter very hugely. hired essentially via the six squadrons of the thirty first and 52nd Fighter teams, at the beginning from airfields within the united kingdom after which in North Africa and Italy, the Spitfire used to be used either as a fighter and fighter-bomber until eventually it was once changed by means of the P-51 Mustang from the spring of 1944.
The ultimate star-spangled Spitfires within the frontline have been the 8th Air Forces high-flying and unarmed PR XI photo-reconnaissance airplane, flown via to the seventh Photographic Reconnaissance crew along F-5 Lightnings from November 1943. Ranging as a ways into Germany as Berlin, the PR Blue Spitfires supplied serious goal imagery either pre- and post-strike for the powerful Eighths heavy bombardment teams via to April 1945.
All characteristic right here throughout a sequence of black and white and colour photos that each one catch a few specific element of the star-spangled Spitfire's illustrious provider career.
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Star-Spangled Spitfires (Images of War) by Tony Holmes