Supermarine Spitfire IX 1944-1946 Book Review
By Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||February 2012||Title||Supermarine Spitfire IX 1944-1946|
|Author||Wojtek Matusiak||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||96 pages, softbound||MSRP (BP)||£12.99|
Mushroom Model Publications is based in the UK. They have all their books printed in Poland by Stratus in Sandomierz in English. Stratus also prints books in Polish too. This book was sent to me direct from Stratus in a heavily padded envelope.
This is the latest volume in the popular “Polish Wings” series. The book is on the Polish use of the Spitfire Mk. IX in 1944-46, both in Polish squadrons and in RAF and auxiliary units. It includes listings of losses and of officially credited victories.
There are 158 photos that I counted in the book, although the cover letter inserted in the book says there are over 200. 63 of these are sepia toned and the rest are pure black and white. Over half of them have never been published before.
There are 7 full color photos in the book. The cover letter says that there are 40 pages in color. I think they are counting the full color profile illustrations and the color photos together to get that count.
There are 30 color profiles. Two of these are 4-views. All are in markings with the Polish checkerboard symbol on the nose. It is neat that the profiles appear on the same page as an actual photo of the aircraft being illustrated.
On the final page there are pictures of 3 surviving IX’s that are still in flying condition, along with some pilots that fly them.
The front and back cover have full color paintings of the Mk. IX by Artur Juszczak. The color profiles are by Robert Grudzien. The author Wojtek Matusiak is a noted Spitfire historian and enthusiast.
This book is softcover and 96 pages long in 8 ½” x 11” page format.
The book will prove to be essential reading for students of the Spitfire and WWII air warfare, enthusiasts and modelers.