Top positive review
YOU MUST READ THIS!
19 June 2018
Quite the best book I've read on the subject and couldn't put it down. Not a technical nuts and bolts story as this detail is covered by many other veritable tomes but instead a human and personal perspective from those who flew, serviced and maintained this truly iconic aircraft in all theatres of WW2. Includes some moving stories of love and loss but all the while underpinned by a love of this amazing and beautiful aircraft. The only minor error by John Nichol, not an expert on all things Spitfire, is his reference to Mk 8's having a low back fuselage and tear drop canopy which to my mind they never had, this modification being introduced with the Mk 16 and some later Mk 14's. Just wished it was 200 pages longer!
Aplogies to John as apparently Mk 8 Spitfire JF299 was the first ever example to be fitted with a tear drop canopy and cut down fuselage in the summer of 1943, even though I've never ever seen a pic of such an example in action so not sure how many were ever made in this configuration. Just goes to show the level of research he carried out in order to write this wonderful book and how even a true afficiando like myself for over 40 years can still learn something new.