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Squadrons! No.32: The Spitfire Mk V – The Norwegian (RAF in Combat 9791096490387)

Squadrons! No.32:  The Spitfire Mk V – The Norwegian  9791096490387
Squadrons! No.32: The Spitfire Mk V – The Norwegian (RAF in Combat 9791096490387)
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Category:Books on aviation
Subcategory:WW2 UK Aircraft
ISBN/Box:9791096490387
Publisher/Brand:RAF in Combat
Author:Phil H. Listemann
Format:a4
No. Pages:36
Version:Soft cover
Language:English
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Category Books on aviation, Subcategory WW2 UK Aircraft, ISBN/Box 9791096490387, Publisher/Brand RAF in Combat, Author Phil H. Listemann, Format a4, No. Pages 36, Version Soft cover, Language English

Paradoxically, the Mk.V, which ended up being the most numerous variant of the famous fighter built, was not even an intended development of the design. Indeed, it was only considered because of the abandonment of the Spitfire Mk.III. As the Luftwaffe was continually improving its formidable Messerschmitt Bf 109, the latest version of which, the Bf 109F, clearly outclassed the Spit?re Mk.II, the British had no other option but to rapidly ?nd a successor to the latter. At this time, at the end of 1940, the British did not know what the Germans' were planning and expected them to carry on undertaking daylight raids upon the return of nicer weather. The RAF, therefore, wanted to be ready to counter the new German fighter developments. A solution was soon found by mounting a Merlin 45 (former Merlin III), a simpli?ed version of the Merlin XX, on a slightly strengthened Spit?re Mk.I or Mk.II airframe. Several Spitfires were thus modi?ed, with either a Merlin 45 or Merlin 46, during the first weeks of 1941. The resulting feedback was good and the Air Ministry requested that Supermarine modify, as early as possible, Spit?res already on the assembly lines so they could be put into service as rapidly as possible. This is how the Spitfire Mk.V came to be. In 1941, the Spitfire Mk V progressively became the backbone of the Fighter Command and among the squadrons that switched onto the Spitfire Mk V, there is only one Norwegian. The operational usage of the Spitfire Mk V by the Norwegian is here described in 36 pages, 30 photos and illustrated with six colour profiles.



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