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R.J. Mitchell - 1895 - 1937.Designed by Reginald Joseph Mitchell CBE, The Spitfire became, without doubt, the most famous fighter plane of all time. Unfortunately Mitchell died before the Spitfire entered service. “Just the bloody stupid name they would give it.” — R. J.Mitchell, When he first learned of the “Spitfire” name for his new fighter.On 4 August 1938 No 19(F) Squadron at RAF Duxford in Cambridgeshire became the first squadron of the Royal Air Force to be equipped with the new Supermarine Spitfire. The first aircraft, Sptifire K9789, was delivered to Duxford by test pilot Jeffrey Quill. By the end of October, the squadron possessed just 12 Sptifires. By the outbreak of the Second World War on 1 September 1939 the RAF had just over 300 Spitfires in service. The Spitfire's finest hour was during the summer of 1940 when Germany launched a bomber offensive against Britain as a prelude to
The most famous fighter plane of WWll
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invasion. For invading forces to cross the channel and conquer Britain, the Luftwaffe had to knock out Britain's air defences. So the Battle of Britain began. Between 10 July and 31 October 1940 the opposing forces of the Royal Air Force and the Luftwaffe fought over the skies of Britain. The Spitfire and the Hawker Hurricane were ultimately successful; the Luftwaffe failed to surpress the RAF and the invasion was cancelled.Johnnie Johnson - 616 Squadron.Pilot of the Spitfire featured in this painting is James Edgar “Johnnie” Johnson who shot down 34 confirmed enemy aircraft, as well as seven shared victories, three shared probables, ten shared damaged and one destroyed on the ground, the greatest number of victories against the Luftwaffe in the entire arena of WWII. Johnson flew many of the Spitfire models. His favorite was the beautiful Mark IX.