Polskie Skrzydla, Polish Wings 23, 303 Squadron North American Mustang

The publisher has a strong reputation for excellent books covering the Polish Air Force and Polish pilots. This book offers a unique view of 303 Squadron and the part played by Polish pilots – Highly Recommended.


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NAME: Polskie Skrzydla, Polish Wings 23, 303 Squadron North American 
Mustang
FILE: R2700
AUTHOR: Steve Brooking, Wojtek Matusiac, Piotr Sikora
PUBLISHER: Stratus
BINDING: soft back
PAGES:  64
PRICE: £15.00
GENRE: Non Fiction
SUBJECT: Free Polish Forces, RAF, 303 Squadron, North American 
Mustang IV, WWII, WW2, Second World War, World War Two, World War 2. 
World War II, P-51D, P-51K

ISBN: 978-8-365281-80-7

IMAGE: B2700.jpg
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DESCRIPTION: The publisher has a strong reputation for excellent 
books covering the Polish Air Force and Polish pilots. This book 
offers a unique view of 303 Squadron and the part played by Polish 
pilots – Highly Recommended.

The British Purchasing Commission in the US placed a specification 
with US aircraft manufacturers for a single seat high performance 
fighter. North American responded with a design that became the P-51 
in US service and the Mustang in British service. The prototypes were 
promising and became superb when married to the Rolls Royce Merlin 
engine. The aircraft was fast and nimble but it corrected one 
deficiency of European monoplane designs to that time. In rushing in 
new advanced fighters, the British, French and Germans all 
concentrated on point defence interceptors where priority was given 
to high rate of climb and low endurance. This placed the Germans at 
disadvantage during the Battle of Britain, allowing their Me 109 
only a few minutes of combat due the distance to and from French 
airfields with the similar limitations of Spitfires and Hurricanes 
being less obvious because they were flying over home ground. After 
the Battle of Britain, the situation was reversed as the RAF took 
the fight to the Germans in their French airfields.

The Merlin-powered, bubble canopied P-51D and K were outstanding and, 
for the first time, USAF bombers could fly to and from targets deep 
in Germany with fighter escort. The RAF had an aircraft to take the 
fight into enemy airspace as USAF and RAF machines fought and won air 
superiority, essential to defeating Germany and liberating Occupied 
Europe.

This book features over 120 photographs, mostly previously 
unpublished, with many newly created colour profiles. This coverage 
is of a rarely documented aspect of the air war in Europe and will 
prove essential reading for aviation enthusiast and scale aero-
modellers alike. Included in the book is coverage of the Mustang I 
which was used by 303 Squadron as squadron hacks. This pre-bubble 
canopied Alison-engined aircraft was shipped to the RAF in very small 
numbers and was used, possibly uniquely by 303 Sqd pilots to convert 
from their Spitfires to the Merlin-engined P-51D.