Spitfire People

Spitfire People

This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots.

Author: Paul Beaver

Publisher: Evro Publishing Limited

ISBN: 1910505056

Category: History

Page: 256

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This book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people - some famous, others not - ranging from politicians to pilots. Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain, this book presents a fresh angle on the Spitfire by examining the contribution to its development and achievements by over 65 people, some famous, others not. Without the courage and tenacity of some leading political and military figures and the hard work of lesser-known mortals, there would have been no Spitfire, no Battle of Britain and no ultimate victory in 1945. Many people in positions of power played their part in the ultimate success of the Spitfire, but a few staked their reputations on a radical design that brought together the best in British design, technology and ingenuity. This book tells many significant individual stories. - Political people: Sir Winston Churchill (voice in the wilderness and wartime leader), Air Marshal Sir Wilfred Freeman (senior champion of the Spitfire in the Air Ministry), Lord Beaverbrook (Minister for Aircraft Production). - Design and development people: Reginald Mitchell (chief designer 1934â??36), Joe Smith (chief designer 1936â??47), Jeffrey Quill (test pilot), Ernest Hives (Rolls-Royce experimental head and key player in the design of the Merlin engine), Sir Stanley Hooker (mathematician and Merlin engine developer), the ladies of Vickers Supermarine at Trowbridge (factory workers). - Operational people: James ‘Johnny' Johnson (highest-scoring Spitfire ace), Henry Cozens (first squadron commander), Geoffrey Wellum (youngest Battle of Britain pilot), Douglas Bader (Spitfire wing leader and inspirational disabled pilot). - Experimental people: Tony Martindale (RAE Farnborough test pilot), Eric ‘Winkle' Brown (chief naval test pilot and the first man to land a Seafire on an aircraft carrier). - Heritage people: Ray Hanna (Old Flying Machine company), Carolyn Grace (the only female owner/pilot in the world), Phill O'Dell (chief test pilot at Rolls-Royce and Spitfire display pilot). - Published to mark the 75th anniversary of the Battle of Britain.
Categories: History

Spitfire Stories

Spitfire Stories

By then, Joy was engaged to George (Jiri Hartman), a Czech Spitfire pilot with 310 Squadron. Flying had more or less taken ... 'People often say, does it seem real now, flying Spitfires while war and chaos was all around you?' said Joy.

Author: Jacky Hyams

Publisher: Michael O'Mara Books

ISBN: 9781782438175

Category: History

Page: 256

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Spitfire Stories, published in association with Imperial War Museums, is a fascinating anthology of first-hand stories from Spitfire heroes and heroines of the Second World War. The Spitfire is the world's most iconic aeroplane. Coming into its own during the Battle of Britain, it became famous during the Second World War as the only plane that could match the enemy fighters in the sky. Yet, even today, the history of the Spitfire contains many hitherto hidden or little-known stories of the men and women behind the plane; not only the gifted creators and inventors who brought the Spitfire to life, or the brave fighter pilots from many countries who triumphed in battle, but also the thousands of other people whose lives were affected by their personal connection to it - engineers, ground crew, factory or office workers, and their families. Spitfire Stories recounts the memories and stories of these people, from the birth of the iconic Spitfire in the 1930s to the present day. Among these accounts is the extraordinary tale of the fighter pilot who only discovered, fifty years on, the tragic truth of his last Spitfire flight, the businessman whose blank cheque changed the course of the war, the ninety-five-year-old Royal Air Force engineer who was determined to be reunited with his beloved Spit before he died, and the little girl who inspired the plane's creation - and went on to marry a movie star. Using documents, letters and photographs from the Imperial War Museums' unparalleled archive, plus exclusive first-hand interviews, these stories of the Spitfire are a revelatory collection of small but significant histories, to be treasured by all who love and admire the iconic plane.
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Spitfire

Spitfire

... Nuffield's distance from reality: I was somewhat taken aback when Lord Nuffield assured me that he was not late in his deliveries of Spitfires and he thinks his people have done very well indeed in the progress they have made.

Author: Leo McKinstry

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9781848545038

Category: History

Page: 300

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In June 1940, the German Army had brought the rest of Europe to its knees. 'Hitler knows that he will have to break us in this island or lose the war. If we can stand up to him, all Europe may be free and the life of the world will move forward into broad, sunlit uplands,' said Churchill. The future of Europe depended on Britain. A self-confident Herman Goring thought that it would be only a matter of weeks before his planes had forced Britain to surrender. The courage, resourcefulness and brilliant organisation of the RAF were to prove him wrong. By late September 1940, the RAF had proved invincible, thanks to the Vickers Supermarine Spitfire. It exceeded anything that any other air force possessed. RJ Mitchell, a shy and almost painfully modest engineer, was the genius behind the Spitfire. On the 5th March 1936, following its successful maiden flight, a legend was born. Prize-winning historian Leo McKinstry's vivid history of the Spitfire brings together a rich cast of characters and first hand testimonies. It is a tale full of drama and heroism, of glory and tragedy, with the main protagonist the remarkable plane that played a crucial role in saving Britain.
Categories: History

We Can Take It

We Can Take It

149¥50; Peter Haining, Spitfire Summer: The People's Eye View of the Battle of Britain (London 1990), pp. 38¥9; and Paul Addison and Jeremy Crang (eds), The Burning Blue: A New History of the Battle of Britain (London 2000), 248¥9.

Author: Mark Connelly

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317869832

Category: History

Page: 336

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`We Can Take It!' shows that the British remember the war in a peculiar way, thanks to a mix of particular images and evidence. Our memory has been shaped by material which is completely removed from historical reality. These images (including complete inventions) have combined to make a new history. The vision is mostly cosy and suits the way in which the Britons conceive of themselves: dogged, good humoured, occasionally bumbling, unified and enjoying diversity. In fact Britons load their memory towards the early part of the war (Dunkirk, Blitz, Battle of Britain) rather than when we were successful in the air or against Italy and Germany with invasions. This suits our love of being the underdog, fighting against the odds, and being in a crisis. Conversely, the periods of the war during which Britain was in the ascendant are, perversely, far more hazy in the public memory.
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The Royal Air Force

The Royal Air Force

Paul Beaver, Spitfire People (London: Evro Publishing, 2015). 1O. 11. 12. . An excellent overview is James S. Corum and Wray Johnson, Airpower in Small Wars: Fighting Insurgent and Terrorists (Lawrence: University of Kansas Press, ...

Author: John Buckley

Publisher: Oxford University Press

ISBN: 9780192518958

Category: History

Page: 288

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In 1918, the Royal Air Force became the first major independent air force in the world. Formed to serve a strategic need in the most intensive war that Britain had then fought, the RAF continued in the inter-war era to play a key role in the political and diplomatic world, and in defending the Empire. During the Second World War, the RAF was pivotal in defending Britain from invasion in the Battle of Britain, and then in leading the assault on the Axis powers, most notably through the contentious bomber offensive against Germany. In the post-war world, the RAF adapted and developed into a force to meet the needs of the United Kingdom during the Cold War, the retreat from Empire, and most recently in the move to coalition warfare against low intensity threats, all against a backdrop of diminishing resources and shifting priorities. This is the story of the RAF over the first century of its existence: how it has confronted the many challenges and threats it has faced — from the Luftwaffe in 1940, through the spectre of nuclear holocaust in the Cold War, to the fight against terrorism in the 21st century — and how it has contributed to the defence of the United Kingdom throughout that period.
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Sailors and Saints

Sailors and Saints

... Harry edged away the ship , not only to shorten the “ pull ' of the Spitfire's people , but to quiet his own suspense relative to the danger that might be apprehended from the powder's exploding on board the brig : “ Boat ahoye !

Author: William Nugent Glascock

Publisher:

ISBN: UCI:31970033863447

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Malloch s Spitfire

Malloch s Spitfire

Well, this flight was supposed to take place with only half a dozen people present. Unfortunately, there were over 200 people there, the pressure was on and at the wrong time; there was a rather nervous pilot and two nervous blokes (Bob ...

Author: Nick Meikle

Publisher: Casemate

ISBN: 9781612002521

Category: History

Page: 288

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This is the story of the pursuit of a dream. Spitfire PK350 is the only late-mark Spitfire, an F Mk 22, to have ever been restored to full flying status. She had no restrictions on her airframe and with four fully serviceable 20mm cannons, she was as good as the day she came off the production line in July 1945 near Birmingham, England. She first flew as a restored aircraft on 29 March 1980 at the hands of one John McVicar “Jack” Malloch. By then a legend in his adopted country, Rhodesia, Malloch had in 1977 been entrusted by the hierarchy of the Rhodesian Air Force to restore SR64, as she was then known. In two and half years, Jack Malloch and his trusted engineers, with critical help from the Rhodesian and South African air forces, completely restored SR64 to flying condition. The fact that she was fitted with a propeller made by a German company added a sweet irony to a project that had to contend with sanctions imposed by Britain, the original country of manufacture, and highlighted the enterprising spirit of the team. This was possible because Malloch, with the backing of the Rhodesian government, had built up a successful charter airfreight company that assumed different guises, depending on where it was operating, to bypass sanctions. Malloch's network thus facilitated his quest to restore and once again fly a Spitfire such as he had flown in the RAF during the Second World War. Some fascinating insights are revealed in this account. From the test pilot who first flew her as PK350 on 25 July 1945, the reader is taken on a journey through the aircraft's complete life, with the project's lead engineer and most of the surviving pilots who flew her gracing the story with their memories. For two years PK350 delighted those fortunate enough to see her fly, mostly around Salisbury (Harare) airport. Then, on what was planned to be its last flight, Malloch's Spitfire never returned to base.
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The Decisive Duel

The Decisive Duel

Such lasting impact is not limited to people. The Spitfire and the Bf 109 both remain more than interesting examples of outdated technologies. Vintage automobiles and preserved steam locomotives are both those things.

Author: David Isby

Publisher: Hachette UK

ISBN: 9780748123612

Category: History

Page: 352

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London, 15 September 1940. The air battle over Britain on that day saw two of the most advanced fighter planes, the British Supermarine Spitfire and the German Messerschmitt Bf 109, battle for supremacy of the skies. The Decisive Duel tells the stories of these iconic, classic aircraft and the people that created them: Willy Messerschmitt, the German designer with a love for gliders and admiration for Hitler; R.J. Mitchell, his brilliant British counterpart, who struggled against illness to complete the design of the Spitfire. In fascinating detail, David Isby describes the crucial role the two opposed planes played, from the drawing boards to Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain to the final battles over Germany.
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Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Little Popo , always provided that our town and people are riot attacked or molested by the people of Little Popo . ... Two years ago we promised the Commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire " not to attack or make war with ...

Author: Lewis Hertslet

Publisher:

ISBN: MINN:31951002247564E

Category: Great Britain

Page:

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A collection of treaties and conventions, between Great Britain and foreign powers, and of the laws, decrees, orders in council, &c., concerning the same, so far as they relate to commerce and navigation, slavery, extradition, nationality, copyright, postal matters, &c., and to the privileges and interests of the subjects of the high contracting parties.
Categories: Great Britain

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Hertslet s Commercial Treaties

Little Popo , always provided that our town and people are not attacked or molested by the people of Little Popo . ... Two years ago we promised the Commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire " not to attack or make war with ...

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Publisher:

ISBN: UCAL:$B588016

Category: Great Britain

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The East Indiaman

The East Indiaman

... employ the people so busily throughout the heat of the day, Michael,' Kite had said, 'and we shall turn you into a second mate before we reach Bombay, should you so desire.' The quondam clerk, who alone among the Spitfire's people ...

Author: Richard Woodman

Publisher: Canelo

ISBN: 9781788632195

Category: Fiction

Page: 300

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The final thrilling instalment of The William Kite Naval Adventures The American Revolution is in full swing, with Yankee privateers swarming in British waters. For ship-owners like Captain William Kite of Liverpool, ruin is only a gun-shot away. When providence strikes the embattled Kite yet again, he is desperate to restore his fortune and travels to London for a final throw of the dice. He travels from the smoky air of the city to the thunderous discharge of cannon fire over the Indian Ocean. As the sea-battles of the American War of Independence reverberate, will Kite emerge a hero or will fate deal him one last decisive blow? The third and final book in the William Kite Naval Adventures is perfect for fans of David McDine, Bernard Cornwell and Patrick O’Brian. The William Kite Naval Adventures The Guineaman The Privateersman The East Indiaman
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Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons

Accounts and Papers of the House of Commons

Two years ago we promised the commander of the British man - of - war “ Spitfire " not to attack or make war with Little Popo ; he promised us that the people of Little Popo should not be allowed to attack us while the " Spitfire ' was ...

Author: Great Britain. Parliament. House of Commons

Publisher:

ISBN: OXFORD:555100660

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Fight for the Sky

Fight for the Sky

It endeavoured involves Although too to many the write book people. is the finished, story Indeed their of this the story book Spitfire never is about will and people as well as aeroplanes and I am aware that I have left out many people ...

Author: Douglas Bader

Publisher: Pen and Sword

ISBN: 9781473814066

Category: History

Page: 224

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Pen & Sword Books are proud to be re-issuing this the only book that the legendary 'legless' ace Douglas Bader (immortalised by the film Reach For The Sky) wrote. He tells the inspiring story of the Battle of Britain from the viewpoint of 'The Few'. Using superb illustrations he traces the development of the Spitfire and Hurricane and describes the nail-biting actions of those who flew them against far superior numbers of enemy aircraft. As an added bonus, other well-known fighter aces including Johnnie Johnson, 'Laddie' Lucas and Max Aikten contribute to Douglas's book, no doubt out of affection and respect. This is a really important contribution to RAF history by one of the greatest -and certainly the most famous - pilot of the Second World War.
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Scramble

Scramble

Their commentator, too, credited the Spit with shooting down the German aircraft, producing whoops of disbelief and annoyance from our seats in the stalls. Such, we decided, was the folk-lore surrounding the Spitfire. People believed ...

Author: Tom Neil

Publisher: Amberley Publishing Limited

ISBN: 9781445649528

Category: History

Page: 640

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Finally the full-length memoir of Battle of Britain and Siege of Malta hero Tom Neil, one of the last fighter pilots alive today, who shot down fourteen enemy aircraft
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The Spitfire Summer

The Spitfire Summer

Author: Peter Haining

Publisher: Virgin Books Limited

ISBN: IND:30000025846183

Category: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940

Page: 208

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Categories: Britain, Battle of, Great Britain, 1940

This People s Navy

This People s Navy

... paddle- wheel steamer Spitfire. The Spitfire and two similar steamers each towed a sail-driven gunboat and ten barges loaded with sailors Brown-Water War for a Blue-Water Empire 129.

Author: Kenneth J. Hagan

Publisher: Simon and Schuster

ISBN: 9780029134719

Category: History

Page: 468

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Discusses history of the United States Navy to include its origins, trials, tribulations, victories, and reorganization.
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The White Elephant Mystery

The White Elephant Mystery

“Do—do they act like regular people?” “Oh, sure,” said Spitfire. “After the performance this afternoon I'll take you round and introduce you to some of them. But don't let them hear you call them 'freaks.' They have a great deal of ...

Author: Ellery Queen

Publisher: Open Road Media

ISBN: 9781504003971

Category: Juvenile Fiction

Page: 159

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Under the big top, Djuna tangles with an unscrupulous gang of con men The circus is coming to Riverton! And even better, Djuna’s friend the carpenter has four free passes—which means Djuna gets to see the show every night it’s in town. The circus is more fun than Djuna ever imagined, but there is something rotten behind the scenes. The house of the former circus owner has been empty for years—so why does Djuna see an acrobat swinging through the trees in the front yard? And at the circus itself, a crew of grifters have set up shop ringside and are swindling honest audience members out of their money. Djuna will do anything to save the circus, even if it means walking a tightrope—or leaping right into the lion’s den. Ellery Queen is one of the world’s finest detectives, but his adventures are nothing compared to the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories. Join Queen’s apprentice, Djuna, and his trusty Scottie, Champ, on adventures filled with danger, suspense, and thrills. The White Elephant Mystery is the sixth book in the Ellery Queen Jr. Mystery Stories, but you may enjoy reading the series in any order.
Categories: Juvenile Fiction

The Secrets of Q Central

The Secrets of Q Central

In late July 1940 an appeal to the people of Leighton Buzzard, Linslade and Wing was mounted to raise enough money to present to the Ministry of Aircraft Production to buy a Spitfire fighter plane. A novel mockauction sale 'of one whole ...

Author: Paul Brown

Publisher: The History Press

ISBN: 9780750962773

Category: History

Page: 320

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A quiet market town with no military presence was chosen as the secret communications centre for Britain as the country prepared for war with Germany in 1937. When hostilities began, ‘Q Central’ attracted a dozen other clandestine operations set up to defend the country or designed to confuse and undermine enemy morale. The headquarters of radar, RAF Group 60, also came to Leighton Buzzard to be hidden from German attack and to be close to the telephone and radio communications needed to run its vast chain of radar stations. These directed the defending fighters that saved the country in the Battle of Britain and then took the bombing war to Germany. Close by, for the same reasons of secrecy and safety, were the satellite stations of Bletchley Park, the now famous code-breaking centre; the Met Office at Dunstable, which gave the all clear for the D-Day landings; Black Ops units that set up false radio stations and wrote propaganda to confuse the enemy; and airfields used for dropping agents behind enemy lines. At Q Central itself was the largest telephone exchange in the world, with more than 1,000 teleprinters communicating with all the armed services in every theatre of war and directing the operations of the secret services. Now the restrictions of the Official Secrets Act have been lifted, enabling eight members of the Leighton Buzzard and District Archaeology and History Society to piece together this compelling story for the first time.
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Britain and 1940

Britain and 1940

The Spitfire Funds similarly began as a press-inspired campaign to urge the people to contribute financially to arms production. A newspaper telephoned the Ministry of Aircraft Production to ask how much a Spitfire cost and subsequently ...

Author: Malcolm Smith

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781136369575

Category: History

Page: 186

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1940 was the most significant year in European history this century. For Britain it was 'the finest hour', the beginning of the People's War. Britain and 1940 explores what the year meant for the people of Britain then and now. Covering the pre-history of 1940 in Britain, Malcolm Smith explores the great fear that a second world war would perhaps mean the end of British civilization and charts the development of the myths of Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and the Blitz, and the great influence they have had on our national consciousness and on attitudes to the outside world. The book presents students of British history with a panorama of the influences that have constructed national consciousness around a crucial moment in British history.
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Spitfire Singh

Spitfire Singh

... but the Japanese were still fighting viciously, and the RIAF Spitfires were still in action forcing them out of Burma. ... He saw the fire-bombing of that city, which resulted in the death of 100,000 people, but still the ...

Author: Mike Edwards

Publisher: Bloomsbury Publishing

ISBN: 9789386432193

Category: Biography & Autobiography

Page: 434

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Their willingness to pay any price to uphold the honour and integrity of their Air Force meant an uphill battle against bigotry, difficult conditions of work and outdated equipment. However, showing tremendous fortitude, Harjinder and his men took the fight to the enemy and rose splendidly to the occasion. Be it the formidable Japanese, the mighty Germans or the resolute tribal warriors none could break the spirit of these airborne Indians. It is a story of relentless adventure, journeying from the scrublands of the North Western Frontier, to the jungles of Burma, to the UK on the eve of D Day and to the corridors of power in an independent India. The resourcefulness of the Indians and their sheer skill and determination meant that they could overcome the myriad of challenges thrown at them, much to the surprise and dismay of some officers of the Raj. It is a story of mutual respect forged and strengthened across lines of religion, caste, creed and race, as the Indian's undeniable courage and resilience won even the hearts and minds of their British counterparts and one man was the center of it all. Harjinder's is a life of intense friendship, of great ingenuity and of hard-work and dedication, interspersed with the humor and merriment that is ever present in the military environment. It was a bottom to top career for the lowly Hawai Sepoy who went on to become one of the top officers of the IAF. He is credited with the endeavor to make the Indian Air force self-reliant and designed, built and test flew two different aircraft to prove his point. He was one of the driving forces behind making the Indian Air Force the 4th largest in the world, an astonishing feat given the twin challenges of nation building and partition. Thus the only 'disgrace' to emerge from this book is how Harjinder's story could remain untold for so long.
Categories: Biography & Autobiography