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Squadrons!

Number 29
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI
The Dominions

Philedition

S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Squadrons No. 29
The Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XVI - The Dominions
by Phil H. Listeman
Illustrations by Gaetan Marie 

ISBN: 979-1096490-32-5

Contents & Media:

Soft-cover format, 48 pages.

Price:

Available online from www.raf-in-combat.com and selected retailers

Review Type:

First Look

Advantages:

Useful to both modellers and those interested in the history of aircraft and Commonwealth involvement in WWII, good set of well reproduced personal photos and very nice coloured profiles.

Disadvantages:

None noted except for, in this reviewer’s opinion only, the waste of six pages that are blank or filled with promotion material at the end of the volume.

Conclusion:

This is an interesting and valuable volume for both the historian and modeller that adds another chapter to the literature on the Spitfire. Recommended..


Reviewed by Graham Carter


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FirstRead

 

This is a 60-page case-bound A4 ‘bookazine’ with a glossy card cover and is the latest in this long series of editions covering specific squadrons using a variety of Allied fighters and light bombers during WWII. It contains 53 pages of information on semi-matte paper and 6 more that are either blank or advertise other volumes.

 

 

This volume covers squadrons from the quaintly titled ‘Dominions’ that were fully operational on the Spitfire XVI and based in the UK . This is quite a narrow topic as some twenty squadrons overall flew this aircraft, and covers just the four Canadian and two Australian units from late 1944 to the conclusions of hostilities in Europe. The RCAF squadrons are numbers 403,416,421 and 443, while the RAAF ones are 451 and 453.

 

 

The main part of the volume is concerned with six squadrons. Each is treated to a six page description of their actions, bases, and personnel. Each is accompanied by tables of battle claims, and aircraft losses due to action or accidents, interspersed with useful photos of aircraft and personnel from private sources, some in colour. Quality is a little variable depending upon the originals, but are interesting in that they often show casual scenes around the planes. There follows an ‘In Memoriam’ table of details of the seventeen Dominion pilots who lost their lives while flying Spitfire XVIs.

The volume then concludes with thirteen excellent colour profiles of representative aircraft from the three squadrons by Gaetan Marie of BravoBravo Aviation. Three of these are bubble-top variants.

 

 

Conclusion

 

This is an interesting and valuable volume for both the historian and modeller that adds another chapter to the literature on the Spitfire. Recommended.

Thanks to Phil Listemann for the review sample.


Review Text Copyright 2019 by Graham Carter
This Page Created on 25 February, 2019
Last updated 25 February, 2019

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