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Supermarine Spitfire V Vol.1

Supermarine Spitfire V Vol.1 Book Review

By David L. Veres

Date of Review March 2021 Title Supermarine Spitfire V Vol.1
Author Wojtek Matusiak Publisher Mushroom Model Publications
Published 2020 ISBN 9788366549128
Format 96 pages, softbound MSRP (GBP) £17.00


At least 800 Supermarine Spitfire Vs served with the exiled Polish Air Force in Britain during WWII.

Now Wojtek Matusiak kick-starts a picture-packed, two-part study of those Mk Vs in the 29th installment of MMP’s “Polish Wings” range.

Volume 1 of the eponymous effort surveys several well-known units: Nos. 302, 303, 306, and 308 squadrons.

Names. Dates. Locations. Victories. Losses. Camouflage. Markings. Serials. Personalities. Memoirs. And organization. You name it – and, chances are, MMP includes it in this succinct study.

Mysteries, too.

Why did No. 303 Sqn Spitfire AB174 “RF-Q” sport a backward “Q”? Page 36 provides the surprising answer.

The lavishly illustrated coverage includes about 200 B&W and color photos, many previously unpublished – all with extended, explanatory captions.

Accurately weathering the undersurfaces of your Spitfire? That page 8 shot will help.

Color artwork includes reference photos of subjects depicted. And concluding tables chronicle Polish Spitfire “kills”.


With thanks to MMP for the review copy.