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Ep.105 – Supermarine Seafire

Naval Air Historian Matt Willis joins us to talk about the the Supermarine Seafire – a navalised version of the famous Spitfire, adapted for use on aircraft carriers. A total of 2646 were built and saw action with the Royal Navy’s Fleet Air Arm from November 1942 until after the Korean War in the early 1950s.

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It was involved in combat during the Allied landings in North Africa (Operation Torch), the Allied invasions of Sicily and Italy, the D-Day landings, and Operation Dragoon in southern France. With the Pacific fleet, the Seafire proved capable of intercepting and destroying the feared Japanese kamikaze attack aircraft.

Supermarine Seafire

Matt’s new book ‘FLEET AIR ARM LEGENDS: SUPERMARINE SEAFIRE’ is now available from Morton Books:


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 2020-08-02  n/a