First Spitfires to Malta, March 1942

Header image: Mk Vb Spitfires on the deck of the RN aircraft carrier HMS Eagle before flying off to Malta during Operation PICKET on 21st March 1942. The Spitfires have the large Vokes air filters under the nose to counter the dusty conditions on Malta, and are fitted with 90-gallon ‘slipper’ belly tanks.


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