History with its flickering lamp stumbles along the trail of the past, trying to reconstruct its scenes, to revive its echoes, and kindle with pale gleams the passion of former days. ~Winston Churchill

01 February, 2014

Spitfires, in Colour

This blog has seen a number of striking photographs depicting the Spitfire; today, more great photographs of the iconic Second World War plane--this time, in full colour!

© IWM (COL 189)

A Spitfire in flight over England, 1939-1945. Source

© IWM (COL 190)

Three Spitfires flying in formation over Essex, 1939-1945. Source

© IWM (TR 823)

Spitfires of the Royal Canadian Air Force in Tunisia, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 872)

An RCAF Spitfire pilot preparing for take-off, Tunisia, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 865)

Royal Canadian Air Force Spitfires flying over the Tunisian desert, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 23)

Start-up of a Spitfire named 'The Flying Scotsman', paid for by donations from LNER personnel ('The Flying Scotsman,', of course, being the name of a well-known train, at the time run by LNER). England, 1942. Source

© IWM (TR 1009)

A crashed RCAF Spitfire being dismembered for parts, Tunisia, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 1033)

A Spitfire pilot of the South African air force conferring with his Number 2, Tunisia, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 1536)

RAF Spitfires flying past Mount Vesuvius, Italy, 1944. Source

© IWM (TR 1069)

The personal Spitfire of Air Vice Marshal Keith Park, Commanding Air Officer of Malta, as he prepares for a ceremonial take-off to inaugurate Malta's new aerodrome at Safi, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 745)

And.... take-off! Source

© IWM (COL 191)

Re-fueling and bullet-replenishing of a Spitfire, England, 1939-1945. Source

© IWM (COL 192)

RAF pilots in front of a Spitfire, England, 1939-1945. Source

© IWM (TR 857)

RAF Spitfires banking over Tunisia during a sortie, 1943. Source

© IWM (TR 139)

A Spitfire in flight over the English coast. Source

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