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Guardian of Freedom by Timothy OBrien.


Guardian of Freedom by Timothy OBrien.

A lone Spitfire of 266 Squadron is shown above the sunlit haze of London and the Thames, during the Battle of Britian. 266 Squadron was reformed on 30th October 1939 at RAF Sutton Bridge as a fighter squadron. The squadron was one of the Rhodesian gift squadrons and was named 266 (Rhodesia) Squadron in honour of the gift. Originally it was equipped with the Fairey Battle light bomber, but soon after in January 1940 it received the Supermarine Spitfire and became a fighter squadron. It was in action over Dunkirk in early June and fought in the Battle of Britain.
Item Code : TO0006Guardian of Freedom by Timothy OBrien. - This Edition
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SpitfireRoyal Air Force fighter aircraft, maximum speed for mark I Supermarine Spitfire, 362mph up to The Seafire 47 with a top speed of 452mph. maximum ceiling for Mk I 34,000feet up to 44,500 for the mark XIV. Maximum range for MK I 575 miles . up to 1475 miles for the Seafire 47. Armament for the various Marks of Spitfire. for MK I, and II . eight fixed .303 browning Machine guns, for MKs V-IX and XVI two 20mm Hispano cannons and four .303 browning machine guns. and on later Marks, six to eight Rockets under the wings or a maximum bomb load of 1,000 lbs. Designed by R J Mitchell, The proto type Spitfire first flew on the 5th March 1936. and entered service with the Royal Air Force in August 1938, with 19 squadron based and RAF Duxford. by the outbreak of World war two, there were twelve squadrons with a total of 187 spitfires, with another 83 in store. Between 1939 and 1945, a large variety of modifications and developments produced a variety of MK,s from I to XVI. The mark II came into service in late 1940, and in March 1941, the Mk,V came into service. To counter the Improvements in fighters of the Luftwaffe especially the FW190, the MK,XII was introduced with its Griffin engine. The Fleet Air Arm used the Mk,I and II and were named Seafires. By the end of production in 1948 a total of 20,351 spitfires had been made and 2408 Seafires. The most produced variant was the Spitfire Mark V, with a total of 6479 spitfires produced. The Royal Air Force kept Spitfires in front line use until April 1954.

Battle of Britain History Timeline : 24th September
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24September1940Canadian Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. Bryson of 92 Squadron, was Killed.
24September1940Feldwebel Hans Stechmann of JG 3 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Gefreiter Kaspar Amhausend of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Hauptmann Günther Frhr. von Maltzahn of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Hauptmann Wolfgang Lippert of II./Jagdgeschwader 27 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24September1940Leutnant Karl Roos of JG 53 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Luftwaffe lost Two ME109, One ME110, on eJU88. One DO215. Two DO17
24September1940Major Adolf Galland of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Number of aircraft available to the Royal Air Force for service on this day was 698 with 380 Hurricanes, 233 Spitfires, 58 Blenheims, amd 19 Defiants and 8 Gladiators
24September1940Oberleutnant Anton Mader of JG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Hans (Assi) Hahn of 4./Jagdgeschwader 2 was awarded the Knight's Cross
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Bennemann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Helmut Kühle of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Herbert Ihlefeld of LG 2 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Karl-Heinz Leesmann of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Michael Sonner of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Oberleutnant Ulrich Steinhilper of JG 52 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Polish Battle of Britain pilot, P/O W. J. Glowacki of 605 and 145 Squadrons, was Killed.
24September1940Royal Air Force lost Five aircraft with two pilots killed
24September1940Unteroffizier Adolf Benzinger of JG 51 shot down a Hurricane
24September1940Unteroffizier Eberhard von Boremski of JG 3 shot down a Blenheim
24September1940Unteroffizier Fritz Schweser of JG 54 shot down a Spitfire
24September1940Unteroffizier Hugo Dahmer of JG 26 shot down a Hurricane
Battle of Britain Timeline of Related Info : 24th September
DAYMONTHYEARDETAILS
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24September1942Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/O V. M. Bright of 229 Squadron, was Killed.
24September2002Former British Battle of Britain pilot, F/Lt. H. P. F. Patten of 64 Squadron, Passed away.

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