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Featured battle : Rustchuk

Part of Russo-Turkish war, Ninth

Date : 20 July 1810 - 26 September 1810

Count Kamenskoi, commanding the Russian army, ordered a premature storming of the fortified town on the 3rd August. Most of the Russian casualties fell in this foray. Upon surrender the able bodied Turks [8,000 to 9,000] were allowed to go free.

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Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

Supermarine Spitfire Mk 1a (Replica)

One of the finest combat aircraft in service during the second world war, the Spitfire entered service in June 1938. This replica is painted in the colours of 'R6690' of No. 609 (West Riding) Squadron and serves as a monument to that squadron. The original flown by Pilot Officer Daunt was shot down on 15th Sept 1940 and he was killed.

Gallery updated : 2022-04-04 08:33:43

Featured review :

A Spy in the Sky

Kenneth B Johnson
Subtitled "A Photographic Reconnaissance Spitfire Pilot in WWII", this is as it seems, a memoir of a PR pilot. But it's more than just that. Johnson was a young airman volunteer, who knew only that he didn't want to be drafted into the army to face terror and death on the battlefield. So as soon as he was old enough he volunteered for the RAF thinking he'd spend the war sweeping out hangars. Somehow he ended up being chosen for NCO aircrew, showed an aptitude and volunteered for Spitfires, albeit unarmed ones! This led to him being in almost suicidal situations flying from North African airfields over the Med in unarmed, barely serviceable aircraft deep into enemy territory. It is a touching book, written in his own words, about how poorly he was treated as an 'other rank' in an officer's world. Even after he received his commission, he felt no acceptance and his health suffered as a result. This book fills in a valuable gap, exploring a very different viewpoint of Spitfire flying and is to be recommended.
Pen & Sword Air World, Yorkshire, 2019

Reviewed : 2020-02-10 20:12:13