SUPERMARINE SPITFIRES OF THE ROYAL AIR FORCE IN ITALY, JANUARY 1944

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Aircraftman Jim Birkett (close-up) and Leading Aircraftman Wally Passmore working on the portside Merlin engine of a Supermarine Spitfire of No 241 Squadron, Royal Air Force on a chilly day in Southern Italy.

(Photo courtesy Imperial War Museum)

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Charles McCain

Charles McCain is a Washington DC based freelance journalist and novelist. He is the author of "An Honorable German," a World War Two naval epic. You can read more of his work on his website: http://charlesmccain.com/