Air battle over Malta 1942. The Spitfire Mk. V takes on the C.202 Folgore for air supremacy. By Donald Nijboer “Either, sir, we get the Spitfires here within days, not weeks, or we’re done. That’s it.” Squadron Leader Stan Turner to Air Officer Commanding Sir Hugh Lloyd about the situation on Malta. It all began over the peaceful […]
Kamikaze-Killer The naval version of the Spitfire had its share of teething troubles, but by the end of World War II it had found its sea legs in the Pacific By Donald Nijboer The ready room deep inside HMS Indefatigable offered little relief from the constant tropical heat in late March of 1945. The […]
In the first part of a major new Aeroplane series, in which we compare five aircraft from specific points in aviation history to establish a clear winner,Donald Nijboer analyses five fighters on the front line in mid-1940.. Since the end of the Second World War the process of assessing and measuring which weapon system was […]
The Seafire took the reputation of its land-based forebear, the Spitfire, to sea as an interceptor par excellence. Such a specialized role was unique to the Royal Navy; the American and Japanese navies expected more range and versatility from their carrier fighters. After a resurgent British fleet returned to the Pacific in 1945, however, and […]
The Sword and the Pen – Model Aircraft Monthly – February 2008 This article is an excerpt taken from Graphic War – The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War II. It explains how graphic design and colour illustrations helped in the training of air and ground crews in WWII.