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By Andrew Thomas, Chris Davey

The Spitfire used to be the main iconic and well-known British fighter of worldwide battle II and used to be first deployed to Egypt within the spring of 1942 as German luck in North Africa reached its zenith. even though few in quantity, of their early battles with the Luftwaffe the RAF and South African Spitfire squadrons made a right away influence and in contributed to the profitable building up to the conflict of El Alamein and within the next develop over the barren region. quickly afterwards, extra Spitfire squadrons, many led via skilled aces shape Europe who quickly begun including to their rankings, have been landed in French North Africa. within the sour struggling with that undefined, the devices wrested air superiority from the enemy within the skies above Tunisia till the ultimate enemy hand over in may well 1943. The RAF, RCAF, RAAF and SAAF Spitfire squadrons then performed a massive half in overlaying the Allied touchdown in Sicily and in aiding the island's next trap. established in captured airfields those devices then additionally coated the Allied landings at Messina and Salerno because the Italian crusade begun. They have been to determine sour air scuffling with opposed to a made up our minds Luftwaffe and an important variety of pilots turned aces when different aces extra to their ratings. The Spitfire squadrons have been seriously engaged within the struggling with following the landings at Anzio and likewise within the lengthy and bloody conflict at Cassino. among the aces that commanded squadron right here was once the now Sqn Ldr Duke, who took his ranking to 26 destroyed. throughout the summer season of 1944 Italian-based Spitfires supported the Allied landings in Southern France - Operation Dragoon - and in addition flying sorties over Yugoslavia in aid of Tito's partisans. the massive variety of Spitfire squadrons endured in motion opposed to the enemy into 1945, even though because the Luftwaffe have been seriously defeated and mostly withdrawn to Germany, encounters have been few and much among. with reference to a hundred aces both attained this prestige or further to their rankings whilst flying Spitfires through the North African and Italian campaigns when many extra aces flew the sort in motion there, even though with no making any claims.

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