Swift to Battle: 72 Fighter Squadron RAF in Action

Volume 2: North Africa, Malta, Sicily, Southern France and Austria

By: Tom Docherty
Supplied by: Pen and Sword

Format: Hardback
Pages: 256
ISBN: 9781848840874
Published: 17th September 2009
RRP / Print Price: £25.00

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Swift to Battle: 72 Fighter Squadron RAF in Action

This second of three volumes traces the history of 72 Fighter Squadron, one of the premier squadrons in the Royal Air Force. The aircraft flown, operational personnel and missions flown are fully described with first-hand accounts from pilots and both air and ground crew.

Having been operational in the European theatre during the early years of World War Two, the squadron moved to North Africa in support of the Tunisian campaign and were re-equipped with the updated Spitfire IX in 1942. They then assisted the Allied 8th Army as it advanced through Italy and France, being based in Malta and Sicily prior to the invasions. When the Germans surrendered they were sent to Austria. It was here that the Squadron disbanded in December 1946.


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