Polish Wings 13 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||May 2011||Title||Polish Wings 13|
|Author||Wojtek Matusiak||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||104 pages, softbound||MSRP (GBP)||£12.99|
Stratus is a publisher based in Sandomierz Poland. They are partners with Mushroom Model Publications (MMP) in the UK. They print both their books and MMP’s in English and their own books in Polish too. This book was sent to me by Stratus.
This latest volume in the popular “Polish Wings” series is a book on Polish use of the Spitfire IX in 1942-43, written by noted Spitfire historian and enthusiast Wojtek Matusiak. In this time period only two operational units flew the Mk. IX, the 1st Fighter Wing at Northolt and “Skalski’s Circus” in North Africa. But the first Poles to fly this mark were members of the ATA ferry organization, including several female pilots.
The book describes in detail the operations of Spitfire IX’s by these units, and lists victories and losses. There are 222 black and white wartime photos that are complimented by 29 color side profile illustrations, one 2-view color illustration and a 4-view one. The book also includes 4 rare color photos and color paintings on the front and back cover. Six illustrations of Polish squadron logos are shown in color also. There are 3 pages of victory listings for the pilots and one page of their losses. What is neat is that the color profiles are on the same pages as the photos of the actual aircraft being depicted.
This will prove to be essential reading for students of the Spitfire and WWII air warfare, enthusiasts and modelers. Highly recommended.