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Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West. (B)


Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West. (B)

On the 11th August 1942, Flight Lieutenant Geoffrey Wellum DFC, having just taken off from the deck of HMS Furious, leads his section of gathering Spitfires on the long journey to Malta. They are much-needed reinforcements for the beleaguered island, now in the twenty-sixth month of its siege. To enable each of the 38 Spitfires dispatched from Furious to reach Malta, over three hours flying time away, they carry maximum fuel together with a centre-line over-load tank. Even their ammunition is removed to save weight. Escorting Furious to her aft is the Cruiser HMS Manchester together with Destroyers Brave and Lithe. To their port side is the Ohio tanker laden with fuel during what became an epic voyage. In the distance HMS Eagle succumbs to an Axis torpedo attack. The success of Operation Pedestal was absolutely critical for the survival of Malta, bringing desperately needed fuel, food and ammunition to the Island. Losses were heavy but the courage and determination by all involved prevailed: five of the fourteen merchant ships, including the Ohio, made it through and the island was saved.
Item Code : DHM2310BSpitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West. (B) - This EditionAdd any two items on this offer to your basket, and the lower priced item will be half price in the checkout! Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!
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PRINT Signed limited edition of 100 prints, signed by the artist only.

Paper size 28 inches x 20 inches (71cm x 51cm)Artist : Philip West£180.00

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Other editions of this item : Spitfires - Malta Bound by Philip West.DHM2310
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PRINTSigned limited edition of 400 prints. Paper size 28 inches x 20 inches (71cm x 51cm) Wellum, Geoffrey
+ Artist : Philip West
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Limited edition of 75 Artist Proofs. Paper size 28 inches x 20 inches (71cm x 51cm) Moon, Harry
Lynn, Vera
Owen, Les
Sprake, Tom
Goodenough, Les
Davenport, Fred
Shute, ted
Wellum, Geoffrey
+ Artist : Philip West
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PRINTLimited edition of 25 Artist Studio Proofs. Paper size 28 inches x 20 inches (71cm x 51cm) Moon, Harry
Lynn, Vera
Owen, Les
Sprake, Tom
Goodenough, Les
Davenport, Fred
Shute, ted
Wellum, Geoffrey
+ Artist : Philip West
£245.00VIEW 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.

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