Supermarine Spitfire Vb vs. Macchi C.202 Folgore

Posted: January 7, 2015 in World War II

Defence of the Realm

Spit5 c.202

The early days of the air campaign in North Africa seemed to be from another era. Biplanes were still quite widespread with the British Gloster Gladiator and Italian Fiat CR.42 among the very best. The reason for this from the British position was largely that the most premier warplanes should be reserved for the defence of mainland Britain; after all what good is protecting North Africa if Blighty falls. After the Battle of Britain, the Royal Air Force was in a more stable position and began to dispatch its more capable aircraft to North Africa to face the Italians. This took on an even greater urgency when Germany came to the Italian’s aid.

Spitfire VbAs the air war over North Africa intensified it began to take on an image equal and possibly even more savage than in Europe. It was here that the legacy of the earlier biplane dogfights between the…

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