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Atomic_Marten
07-12-2005, 12:10 AM
I was searching for good book about Spitfires and their combat performance, variants.. Can you guys suggest me some book?
This one looks good
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840372486/qid%3.../103-8670555-0244605 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840372486/qid%3D1121148045/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/103-8670555-0244605) -- About MK.5

Atomic_Marten
07-12-2005, 12:10 AM
I was searching for good book about Spitfires and their combat performance, variants.. Can you guys suggest me some book?
This one looks good
http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840372486/qid%3.../103-8670555-0244605 (http://www.amazon.com/exec/obidos/ASIN/1840372486/qid%3D1121148045/sr%3D11-1/ref%3Dsr%5F11%5F1/103-8670555-0244605) -- About MK.5

Monty_Thrud
07-12-2005, 01:23 AM
That looks good

This is a good Book and you get the Spitfire and Bf109 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/1880588749/qid%3D1121152578/026-4959338-8154839)

Also Osprey Late Mark Spitfire Aces 1942-45 is excellent http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/25.gif

I have many http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_biggrin.gif

Arms1
07-12-2005, 02:27 AM
Spitfire The History

this is the ultimate spitfire fans book

include serial nos of all spits built and a short service history

ISBN 0-946219-10-9

Padser
07-12-2005, 05:04 AM
These might not have the detail you are looking for, but I find them fascinating and they do contain performance data, optimal climb rates, engine settings, etc

Crecy Publishing (http://www.crecy.co.uk/) produce facsimile copies of original pilot's manuals for a very wide range of British WW2 aircraft and another range for US flight manuals (again reproductions of original documents as issued to pilots and crews).

There are a whole range of pilot notes for many versions of the Spitfire and Seafire: Spits II, IX,XI & XVI, V, VI, VII, XII, 18, 14 & 19, 21, 22 and Seafire 17, 45, 47

The US ones are worth checking out, too - it's interesting seeing the differences between the two (no long words in the US versions... http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-surprised.gif Ooops, straight to hell for that one! http://forums.ubi.com/groupee_common/emoticons/icon_wink.gif

Cheers,

Pads

snafu73
07-12-2005, 09:38 AM
Last weekend I bought "Operation big ben" by Craig Cabell and Graham A. Thomas, I have'nt started reading it yet (Reading at the moment "Witness to War"), but leafing through it, it looks promising.

There is a Foreword by the former BBC program "Tomorrows world" presenter Raymond Baxter who flew Spitfires in the operations which the book covers (Missions against V-2 launch sites).

horseback
07-12-2005, 10:47 AM
Check out anything on the subject by Dr. Alred Price. The man is the expert on the subject.

cheers

horseback

Gerard_K
07-12-2005, 02:27 PM
Spitfire - A test pilot's story:

http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0947554726/qid.../026-0062620-4907677 (http://www.amazon.co.uk/exec/obidos/ASIN/0947554726/qid=1121199827/sr=2-1/ref=sr_2_11_1/026-0062620-4907677)

Padser
07-12-2005, 03:55 PM
Operation Big Ben is fascinating, but it is essentially a (slightly) expanded pilot's log. Not an awful lot of accompanying narrative of the kind you might get in a personal memoir - still, interesting enough even so...

All the best,

Pads

EPP_Gibbs
07-12-2005, 06:14 PM
Spitfire - The History, as mentioned above, is a staggeringly detailed reference work on the Spitfire.

Spitfire, a Test Pilot's Story was written by Jeffery Quill, the Supermarine chief test pilot who, together with Alex Henshaw, had more experience flying the type in all its variants than anyone else alive. It's a great read, as well as being very informative.

For pilot memoirs, First Light by Geoffrey Wellum is a great book.

XyZspineZyX
07-13-2005, 03:12 AM
Hello,

There is also the amazing "Spitfire the history" isbn 0-946219-10-9. A full history of the Spitfire more than 600 pages about this flying legend.

Have a nice day.

Sensei

Ruy Horta
07-13-2005, 04:02 AM
Just to repeat, in case your main interest is in the AIRCRAFT, not the operational side:

SPITFIRE
The History
Eric B. Morgan & Edward Shacklady
Key Publishing, 1987
0-946219-10-9
Hard Cover
634p

Without doubt the most comprehensive single title work on the Spitfire.

Spitfire
A Test Pilot's Story
Jeffrey Quill
Crécy Books, 1996
0-947554-72-6
Softcover
335p

Sigh for a Merlin
Testing the Spitfire
Alex Henshaw
Crécy Books, 1999
0-947554-72-7
Softcover
240p

These two autobiographies follow the Spitfire through the eyes of the two test pilots who followed her development closely. Not only do we learn about the aircraft, but also the many personalities involved and even a world now long passed. Highly recommended.

Crécy has taken over the old Air Data reproductions of Air Ministry manuals, here are some Spitfire examples, they cover a number of Marks which I don't have (Mk VIII for instance). All softcover.

Pilot's Notes Spitfire IIA and IIB Aeroplanes
Merlin XII Engine
34p

Pilot's Notes Spitfire VA, VB and VC Aircraft
Merlin 45, 45M, 46, 50, 50A, 55 or 55M Engine
and
Seafire IB, IIC and III
Merlin 45, 46 (Except MK.III), 50 or 55 Engine
50p

Pilot's Notes for Spitfire IX, XI & XVI
Merlin 61, 63, 66, 70 or 266 Engine
44p

Pilot's Notes for Spitfire F XII
Griffon III or IV Engine
28p

Pilot's Notes for Spitfire XIV & XIX
Griffon 65 or 66 Engine
51p

Pilot's Notes for Spitfire 21
Griffon 61 Engine
43p

These booklets are faily cheap and some have been scanned and put up on the net, of course if they have been copied from reproductions, this ammounts to Copyright violation.

Spitfire at War
A Documentary History
Alfred Price
Ian Allan, 1977
0-354-01077-8
Hard Cover
159p

Is nice and concise, but not in the same league as SPITFIRE - The History.

A personal tip: try to take a peek at:

The Supermarine Spitfire
A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller
Part 1: Merlin Powered
Robert Humphreys
SAM Publications, 2000
0-9533465-2-8
Softcover
175p

The Supermarine Spitfire
A Comprehensive Guide for the Modeller
Part 2: Griffon Powered
Robert Humphreys
SAM Publications, 2001
0-9533465-4-4
Softcover
175p

Two books which cover the technical side of the Spitfire from A-Z (well at least from the visual POV). Very nice and compared to lets say Aero Detail fully in English http://forums.ubi.com/images/smilies/16x16_smiley-wink.gif

Of course from an operational POV the sky is the limit!!

Atomic_Marten
07-14-2005, 07:40 AM
Thanks for suggestions, I will certainly look for some mentioned titles.