1st ed., 1977. 159 pp., photo-ills. D.j., 28 x 22cm. FINE. This is the most detailed and accurate account published on the evolution of the Spitfire. It describes several little-known aspects of the Spitfire's operational career, including non-stop flights from Gibraltar into besieged Malta, the highest air combat of World War II told from participants from both sides, and the operations of Mark 21 Spitfires at the end of the war, to give a new insight into Spitfires. In each case the events described are corroborated by official documents written at the time and the text is illustrated by scores of photographs previously unpublished.