During World War II, the Royal Air Force included many squadrons manned by foreign nationals: Free French, Belgian, Polish, Norwegian, etc. Phil Listemann’s book Squadrons ! No.34: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk II – The Foreign squadrons is dedicated to the Spitfire Mk II as used by these squadrons. Here are some to the profiles that…Continue reading The Spitfire Mk II in foreign squadrons of the RAF
This is an incomplete list and a work in progress, which will be updated progressively. Please feel free to make suggestions or corrections in the comments section ! Typically, presentation names were painted in yellow capital letters with a height of four inches, but there were many exceptions to this “rule”. I’ll be writing a…Continue reading Presentation Spitfires
The Spitfire Mk V was used by several Norwegian-manned Royal Air Force squadrons during the war. Here are a few profiles created for Phil Listemann’s book on the topic, Squadrons ! No 32 The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The Norwegians.
I’ve recently been working on the Spitfire’s two-seat variants. Some of the resulting profiles will have to wait a bit before they can be published, but here are already two profiles of the most famous twin-seat Spitfire : ML407, also know as the “Grace Spitfire”.
These profiles are part of a set created for the book Squadrons ! No.31: The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The New Zealanders by Phil H. Listemann.
After watching some Imperial War Museum footage showing the Free French pilots of No 340 Squadron, I noticed a mistake in one of my earlier profiles, and decided to correct it. This is the original profile, depicting Spitfire Mk Vb BM324, which was flown by Wg Cdr Bernard Dupérier at the time of Operation Rutter…Continue reading Spitfire stripes – a few words on Operation Rutter and the Dieppe landings
These profiles were made for Phil Listemann’s book Squadrons ! No. 30 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The Belgian & Dutch Squadrons, for which ten Spitfire Mk V profiles were commissioned. This was an opportunity to work on some interesting and unusual markings for RAF Spitfires. Although RAF policy was generally against any…Continue reading Belgian & Dutch Spitfire Mk Vs of the Royal Air Force
The Spitfire Mk XVI was a variant of the Spitfire Mk IX powered by a Merlin 266 engine license-built by Packard in the United States. These profiles were created for the book Squadrons! No. 29 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk XVI – The Dominions by Phil H. Listemann.
These profiles are part of a set created for the book Squadrons! No. 27 – The Supermarine Spitfire Mk V – The ‘Bombay’ Squadrons by Phil Listemann. The ‘Bombay’ Squadrons were No 122 and No 132 Squadron of the Royal Air Force.
After over a month of absence, I’m back with a couple of Spitfire profiles, and some questions ! Several years ago , I created a profile of the Spitfire Mk V “Général de Gaulle”, which I believed to be EN908. A few days ago, I began working on the “Cat”, flown by Free French pilot…Continue reading The General, the Cat and some Spitfire mysteries