RAF-in-Combat's Squadrons #32: Spitfire V - Norwegian Squadrons


Phil Listemann


15.00 Euros, postage included


Scott Van Aken

Notes: ISBN: 979-1096490-38-7 Available at www.raf-in-combat.com 36 Pages

This book continues with the Spitfire V saga and concentrates on the Norwegian squadrons. It would not be too far a stretch to state that without manning from not only Commonwealth nations but also those overrun by the Germans, that the RAF would have been in a bit of a bind. I found it interesting that there were actually volunteer pilots and crews reaching the UK to join the RAF even before Norway was invaded.

Though not a populous nation, Norway managed to provide for four squadrons, two of them being fighter units that, at least for a period of time, flew the mark 5 Spitfire. In fact, of the two (331 and 332 squadrons),  333 was, for a time, equipped with the fairly rare Spitfire VA variant that was not armed with cannon.

331 squadron had the Spit V for a fairly short period of time, only six months, before moving on. 333, on the other hand, flew them for 16 months. Interestingly, both units had about the same number of air to air victories.

This book follows the usual format  with a brief history of the type then the more extensive history of the units themselves. There's the usual information on victory and tables of losses as well as some great period photos and more than the usual number of superb full color profiles of aircraft used by this squadron.

Thanks to all the well done research and choice of illustrations, it makes for a superb addition to the series and its reasonable price is one that should appeal to many. These do make for great references for the fans of the RAF.

April 2019

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