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Gifts galore for Spitfire enthusiasts

Author : Mike James
Date : 31/12/2017 08:00

Christmas, birthdays, Valentine’s, retirement… whatever the occasion, if you’re looking for a special Spitfire themed presents for a special someone, there’s no shortage of tempting offers. A wide range of gifts at very affordable prices can be found at the Society's own shop and Ebay storeIWM gift shop, the RAF Museum Shop, the Air ...

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Luftwaffe Raid on Southampton - 26 September 1940

Author : Treasurer
Date : 30/11/2017 01:28:59

Luftwaffe Bombing Raids on the Supermarine Factories in Southampton in 1940

26 September 1940 

The attack on Southampton was of major importance - enemy formations totalled about 100 aircraft and the main objectives was the Supermarine Aviation Works.  The factory sirens began just after 4pm and on this occasion, gave the workers ample time to evacuate.  The raid was escorted by 60 Me 110 fighters of ZG26 which was protecting the 60 Heinkel 111s of KG55 which attacked in two ...

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Luftwaffe Raid on Southampton - 24 September 1940

Author : Treasurer
Date : 29/11/2017 12:00

Luftwaffe Bombing Raids on the Supermarine Factories in Southampton in 1940 

24 September 1940 

The Supermarine Aviation Works at Southampton were attacked by 17 aircraft at 13.50 and again by 3 aircraft at 16.15.  The first raid was led by Martin Lutz of TG210 and achieved a surprise attack with the workforce of Supermarines receiving little warning of the raid.  The factory sites weren’t damaged but the bombs straddled the railway embankment and crucially the air ...

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Plywood Exhibition Review

Author : Treasurer
Date : 24/11/2017 10:30

The recent Plywood exhibition at the V&A Museum showcased the innovative use of the material in aviation that is well known.  The de Havilland Mosquito was well covered with a period film showing construction, models and examples of the fuselage and fuel tanks.  The use of a light weight material which wasn't in high demand such as aluminium combined with the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine produced one of the fastest aircraft of the Second World War.  Also included ...

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5 Aviation Museums in Southern England where you can see a Spitfire

Author : Mike James
Date : 22/10/2017 12:00

While nothing really beats hearing and seeing a genuine Spitfire roaring in the sky above, getting up close and personal with one of these icons of World War II aviation must come pretty close. So, what are your  chances of seeing one in the South of England? There are, of course, still a number of Spitfires actively flying in the UK, but many more can be seen at static  displays around the country. For real enthusiasts, a fully immersive experience is ...

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Review of Bristol Aerospace Museum

Author : Treasurer
Date : 22/10/2017 12:00

Bristol Aerospace museum has recently opened at on the former Filton aerodrome situated to the North of Bristol and the former manufacturing hub for Bristol Aeroplane Company, British Aircraft Corporation, Bristol Siddeley, British Aerospace, BAE Systems, Rolls-Royce and Airbus.

When I visited it was significantly busy with large number of families attending and wished I had booked tickets in advance!  The Museum begins with the start of the Company in 1910 ...

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Appeal for Information

Author : Treasurer
Date : 20/07/2017 12:00

One of our newest members and relative of Brian Lane, seen in this picture taken during the Battle of Britain. If anyone with knowledge or material regarding Brian Lane, please get in touch as the member is researching him.  This picture shows three pilots of No. 19 Squadron RAF confer at Fowlmere, Cambridgeshire, after a sortie: (left to right): Flight-Lieutenant W J 'Farmer' Lawson, Squadron Leader B J E 'Sandy' Lane (Commanding Officer) and Flight-Sergeant G C 'Grumpy Unwin.

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Spitfire Evolution book review

Author : Treasurer
Date : 09/12/2017 02:30

Spitfire Evolution by Paul Beaver, artwork by Jon Freeman and published by Beaver Westminster Limited, ISBN 978-0-993554-50-6, RRP £15, The Spitfire Society members can purchase the book for £10.  To order email paul@beaverwestminster.com

Paul Beaver is to be commended for writing a concise story of the remarkable development of the Spitfire.  As with engineering it is far harder to make something that is as minimal as possible rather than something which is bloated or over done.  ...

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Website & Social Media Coming Soon

Author : Treasurer
Date : 01/07/2017 12:00

Hello and welcome to the new and much needed website for The Spitfire Society.  Please click on the social media icons to access regular updates and we want to hear your Spitfire related news and contributions....

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