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Spitfire glory : the wartime flying life of Leif Lundsten / Tor Idar Larsen.

By: Larsen, Tor Idar [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: [Place of publication not identified] : Fonthill Media, 2016Content type: text Media type: unmediated Carrier type: volumeISBN: 178155501X; 9781781555019.Subject(s): Lundsten, Leif, 1918-1944 | World War, 1939-1945 -- Aerial operations | World War, 1939-1945 -- Personal narratives, Norwegian | Fighter pilots -- Norway -- Biography | Fighter pilots -- Great Britain -- BiographyDDC classification: 940.540092 Summary: Major Leif Lundsten flew hundreds of Spitfires during the Second World War. As a fighter pilot with 331 Squadron and test pilot with Vickers-Armstrong, he strapped on as many as seven different marks of Spitfires. All the way from the early mark II up to the rare, brutal XII version. Following Lundsten s career as a fighter pilot through the War, all the Spitfires he flew are covered in this book along with descriptions of his sorties. Behind every Spitfire there is a story to be told. Stories of brave heroism, tragic deaths or determined resilience. Many of the Spitfires disappeared quickly, shot down by Luftwaffe fighters. Others lived longer than our hero did, and still exist today, becoming legendary Spitfires on their own. The author pays tribute to a forgotten Spitfire hero, a gallant and brave man that did his country proud. Time and time again Leif Lundsten took a Spitfire to the air, whether it was an air-test or to meet the Luftwaffe in a dogfight over the channel. He never lived to tell his story, but the stories of the Spitfires he flew remains. This is Leif Lundsten s legacy."
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Major Leif Lundsten flew hundreds of Spitfires during the Second World War. As a fighter pilot with 331 Squadron and test pilot with Vickers-Armstrong, he strapped on as many as seven different marks of Spitfires. All the way from the early mark II up to the rare, brutal XII version.

Following Lundsten's career as a fighter pilot through the War, all the Spitfires he flew are covered in this book along with descriptions of his sorties. Behind every Spitfire there is a story to be told. Stories of brave heroism, tragic deaths or determined resilience. Many of the Spitfires disappeared quickly, shot down by Luftwaffe fighters. Others 'lived' longer than our hero did, and still exist today, becoming legendary Spitfires on their own. The author pays tribute to a forgotten Spitfire hero, a gallant and brave man that did his country proud. Time and time again Leif Lundsten took a Spitfire to the air, whether it was an air-test or to meet the Luftwaffe in a dogfight over the channel. He never lived to tell his story, but the stories of the Spitfires he flew remains. This is Leif Lundsten's legacy.

Major Leif Lundsten flew hundreds of Spitfires during the Second World War. As a fighter pilot with 331 Squadron and test pilot with Vickers-Armstrong, he strapped on as many as seven different marks of Spitfires. All the way from the early mark II up to the rare, brutal XII version. Following Lundsten s career as a fighter pilot through the War, all the Spitfires he flew are covered in this book along with descriptions of his sorties. Behind every Spitfire there is a story to be told. Stories of brave heroism, tragic deaths or determined resilience. Many of the Spitfires disappeared quickly, shot down by Luftwaffe fighters. Others lived longer than our hero did, and still exist today, becoming legendary Spitfires on their own. The author pays tribute to a forgotten Spitfire hero, a gallant and brave man that did his country proud. Time and time again Leif Lundsten took a Spitfire to the air, whether it was an air-test or to meet the Luftwaffe in a dogfight over the channel. He never lived to tell his story, but the stories of the Spitfires he flew remains. This is Leif Lundsten s legacy."

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Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction (p. 9)
  • 1 A Boy from Toten (p. 13)
  • 2 Learning to Fly (p. 16)
  • 3 Invasion and Escape (p. 17)
  • 4 First Flight (p. 20)
  • 5 Battle of Britain Spitfires (p. 22)
  • 6 'A' is for Bad Luck (p. 25)
  • 7 Scrambles and Dawn Patrols (p. 28)
  • 8 Combat Veteran Spitfires (p. 31)
  • 9 Mk V Spitfire (p. 34)
  • 10 Baptism of Fire (p. 40)
  • 11 Spitfire Summer (p. 46)
  • 12 Four Pilots Lost (p. 52)
  • 13 Battle over Dieppe (p. 56)
  • 14 'Heavy Flak, Damn Close!' (p. 63)
  • 15 Nuts to Nazis (p. 67)
  • 16 Heavy Flak over Dunkirk (p. 72)
  • 17 B-Flight Leader (p. 76)
  • 18 Leading 331 Squadron (p. 81)
  • 19 'I Got One!' (p. 87)
  • 20 It Exploded and Went Into the Sea (p. 96)
  • 21 Blue Section Attack (p. 107)
  • 22 Junkers Ju 88 Shot Down (p. 117)
  • 23 To Vickers-Supermarine (p. 132)
  • 24 Spitfires and Seafires (p. 135)
  • 25 MB882, The Last of the XII (p. 146)
  • 26 Spitfire XII to North Weald (p. 160)
  • 27 Miss Sheila Lee (p. 173)
  • 28 A Christmas with Sheila (p. 189)
  • 29 'You Took Off Up a Hill' (p. 203)
  • 30 'Those Guys Must Really Be Blind' (p. 213)
  • 31 Squadron Leader (p. 216)
  • 32 No-ball Target and Royalty on the Same Day (p. 221)
  • 33 All the Way to Paris and Back (p. 227)
  • 34 Into the Fire (p. 236)
  • 35 Fall of Night (p. 241)
  • Appendix (p. 246)
  • Bibliography (p. 248)