New book captures the last Spitfires in stunning air to air action. Soaring into the skies above the green and pleasant land they so spectacularly fought to defend 76 years ago, they are the last of the few airworthy Spitfires left.
A sign painter by profession, Sgt Karel Pavlík of No 313 Squadron RAF applies the personal emblem of F/L Václav Hájek onto Spitfire MkVb RY-K at RAF Fairlop in 1942. The good luck the Czech inscription on the fuselage bodes struck on 10 April when Hájek claimed a probable Fw 190 while flying the aircraft. Pavlík fared less well on 5 May, when he was shot down in flames northeast of Lille and killed, aged 23.
That's why they call it a Spitfire! The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft that was used by the Royal Air Force and many other Allied countries before, during and after World War II.