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Vickers-Supermarine Mk I Spitfire, c 1940.

Vickers-Supermarine Mk I Spitfire, c 1940.
3 1 c m
actual image size: 32cm x 23cm


Designed by Reginald Mitchell and powered by a Rolls-Royce Merlin engine, the Spitfire was integral to Britain's front-line air defence during World War II, and together with the Hawker Hurricane fighter played a key role in the Battle of Britain of 1940, the first check on German arms during the war.

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