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Spitfire Wingman from Tennessee:
My Love Affair with Flight

By James R. Haun

The fascinating memoirs of Colonel James Haun, who flew numerous aircraft types during his long aviation career.



By Tony Holmes

This is a complete reference guide to the world's most famous fighter aircraft, exploring its history, its strengths and weaknesses and its combat performance in battles all over the world. Drawing on a wealth of research, detailed illustrations and contemporary photographs, this book reveals how the Spitfire became a legend of military aviation.



First Light
By Geoffrey Wellum

Two months before the outbreak of the Second World War, seventeen-year-old Geoffrey Wellum becomes a fighter pilot with the RAF. Desperate to get in the air, he makes it through basic training to become the youngest Spitfire pilot in the prestigious 92 Squadron. Thrust into combat almost immediately, Wellum finds himself flying several sorties a day, caught up in terrifying dogfights with German Me 109s. Over the coming months he and his fellow pilots play a crucial role in the Battle of Britain. This is one of the best memoirs of World War Two.



Spitfire Offensive
By Wing Commander R.W.F. Sampson
and Norman Franks

An engaging war memoir from a Spitfire Wing Commander with four confirmed kills in WWII.



Spitfire: The History
By Eric Morgan and Edward Shacklady

A definitive history of Britain's magnificent Spitfire fighter, this hard-to-find book covers every variant in amazing detail.



Spitfire: Flying Legend: The Fighter and "The Few"
By John Dibbs and Tony Holmes

This lavishly illustrated volume makes a stunning pictorial tribute to the airworthy Spitfire survivors of today.



How to Fly and Fight in the Spitfire
Jane's "At the Controls" Series)
By David Oliver

This text takes the reader on a typical interceptor mission. It reveals what it was like to fly and fight in a Spitfire, where to aim to bring down an enemy bomber, why you never followed a Messerschmitt Bf-109 down to low level, and how to break off a fight when fuel ran low.



Spitfires and Polished Metal: Restoring the Classic Fighter
By Graham Moss, Barry McKee (Photos), Paul Coggan

Since their formation, the British firm Historic Flying has restored many World War II-era Spitfires to flying condition. This full-color chronicle follows the company's history from formation to the present, providing a blow-by-blow account of all their rebuilds and the various Spitfires involved. A fascinating look at the resurrection of one of the most recognizable and quintessential World War II warbirds.



Fighter Pilot
By Paul Richey

"I have read no book approaching this...in the vividness of its descriptions of air fighting...exhilarating and profoundly moving."—Daily Telegraph. Originally published anonymously in 1941, and republished eight times since, this was the first and finest story of a World War Two fighter pilot.


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