Welcome to my website www.aviationphoto.co.uk
Iím aviation photographer and historian Andrew Critchell and Iíve been
taking photos at airshows and the like since 1983 (oh dear, that makes me
feel old!) Iíve also written a book 'A Tale of Ten Spitfires' which charts
the combat history of The Shuttleworth Collection's recently restored
Spitfire Vc AR501 plus the next nine Spitfires on the production line namely
AR502 to AR510. The book is
Pen & Sword
and has received some nice
reviews so please check it out!
Iíve also had numerous articles and photos published in UK and European
aviation magazines over the years, something that I still enjoy doing and am
always on the lookout for a good story.
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Reviews of 'A Tale of Ten Spitfires'
'I can confirm my original impression -
it's an outstanding concept (unique as far as I know) and a great, easy read
for WWII aviation enthusiasts. An enormous amount of research was required,
and a good result was obtained.' - Aviation author and historian Donald
'This is a very interesting and unusual
book that, rather than describing an aircraft type, its development or
operational use, looks at a number of individual airframes. Obviously the
result of a considerable amount of research, A Tale of Ten
Spitfires provides an interesting insight in to the air war of 1942-44.' -
IPMS Magazine Nov-Dec 18
of these iconic aircraft are told via fascinating first hand accounts,
combat reports, unit diaries and other official documents.' - RAF News
'Highly recommended read. Detailing the specific history of ten Spitfire Vs
with RAF numbers AR501-AR510. Each one is different, but strangely
interrelated by pilots, squadrons and fates. Clearly AR501 is the only
survivor today and currently in flying condition; but the fate of the others
are equally as interesting.' - Amazon, January 2019
'An unusual book about 10 spitfires with consecutive tail numbers.
What this book also gives you is a look at how the spitfire and the
FW190 went against each other in combat and how they were different
This really is a book for aviation readers and one
that gives an amazing operational history of these beautiful planes.
Well written and a book I would highly recommend and keep as a future
reference.' - Amazon May 2020