The RAF Recce Spitfires of WWII

At low level or higher altitudes, reconnaissance Supermarine Spitfires were vital to Britain’s war effort. Malcolm V Lowe examines this oft-forgotten aspect of the type’s illustrious career...


The highly capable PR.XIX was the culmination of all the experience and knowledge gained in recce operations during the war. This example, PM655/6C-W, flew with the RAF Photographic Reconnaissance Development Unit

The war record of the iconic Supermarine Spitfire and its many successes in combat need no introduction. But fewer people know that this famous aircraft was also employed virtually throughout World War Two as a very useful reconnaissance platform. During the war, the whole science of photographic intelligence gathering was developed and became highly specialised, and with it came many improvements in the aircraft delegated to this task and the types of equipment used.

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