Images of War, Star-Spangled Spitfires, Rare Photographs From Wartime Archives

A welcome addition to the very popular Images of War Series. This new book provides a remarkable selection of Spitfire images in US service. It includes some particularly rare full colour photographs – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Images of War, Star-Spangled Spitfires, Rare Photographs From 
Wartime Archives
FILE: R2537
AUTHOR: Tony Holmes
PUBLISHER: Pen & Sword
BINDING: soft back 
PAGES:  100
PRICE: £14.99
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Spitfire, 8th Air Force, RAF, USAAF, ETO, Europe, air war, 
World War 2, WWII, World War Two, Second World War, Eagle Squadron

ISBN: 1-47388-923-5

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DESCRIPTION: A welcome addition to the very popular Images of War 
Series. This new book provides a remarkable selection of Spitfire 
images in US service. It includes some particularly rare full colour 
photographs - Highly Recommended.

US citizens began arriving in Canada and in the British Isles from 
the outbreak of WWII wishing to volunteer for service with the RAF. 
This led to the founding of the Eagle Squadron and began producing 
American Spitfire Aces. When the US entered the war after Pearl 
Harbour, it was agreed that the US would fully support the war in 
Europe and the Middle East as a priority. Accordingly, the 8th Air 
Force was created and sent to Britain. This force comprised bombers 
and fighters. Although some US RAF volunteers would have preferred to 
remain with the RAF, they were transferred to the USAAF. Many of them 
had been flying Spitfires and had to convert to P-47, P-38 and P-51 
fighters because the Spitfire did not have the range to escort USAAF 
bombers to their targets. However, the USAAF did receive Spitfires 
and made good use of them.

This book provides a unique visual record of Spitfires serving with 
the USAAF and the full colour images are especially welcome. US 
pilots developed a strong liking for the Spitfire and it proved a 
popular and useful addition to the US manufactured fighters in 8th 
Air Force service. The Spitfire also served the USAAF in North 
Africa and Italy in the fighter and fighter-bomber roles. The final 
Spitfires in USAAF service were the unarmed high altitude PR XI 
photo reconnaissance models.