The Toby Spitfire

Mark Postlethwaite

 

 

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The Toby Spitfire Mark Postlethwaite

Supermarine Spitfires of 303 (Polish) Squadron on coastal patrol in autumn 1941

No. 303 (Polish) Squadron was formed on 2 August 1940, and became operational on 31 August of the same year, its initial cadre being 13 Officer and eight NCO pilots and 135 Polish ground staff. Initially English speaking serving RAF Officers were appointed to serve as CO and Flight Commanders along side their Polish contemporaries, as it was thought the Polish pilot contingent were not yet familiar with RAF Fighter Command language, procedures and training. The name chosen by the squadron was in honour of the famous Polish Kosciuszko Squadron which fought during the Polish-Soviet War in 1920. No. 303 Squadron was also linked to the original Kosciuszko Squadron through personnel that had served in the squadron of 1920. Later, further air force units from the aforementioned were renamed the 7th, 121st and 111th Squadrons of the Polish Air force.

On 30 August 1940, the squadron scored its first victory while still officially non-operational, against a German Do-17Z bomber, although some say it was actually a Messerschmitt Bf 110. 303 Squadron claimed the largest number of aircraft destroyed of the 66 Allied fighter squadrons engaged in the Battle of Britain, even though it joined the fray two months after the battle had begun. Its success in combat can be attributed to the years of extensive and rigorous prewar training many of the long-serving Polish veterans had received in their homeland and surviving previous encounters with Luftwaffe in inferior planes; far more than many of their younger and inexperienced RAF comrades being thrown into the battle. In its first seven days of combat, the squadron claimed nearly 40 enemy planes.

 

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Matching numbered certificate of authenticity included.

Overall Print Size 21" x 11" (inches) Fine Art Giclee Prints on Paper.

Fine Art Canvas Giclees 30" x 15" (inches)

 
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