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The secret story of the "Spitfire" plane

Women and children built the pieces helping them win World War II - VIDEO

A campaign was launched in England for the construction of a memorial in honor of women and children who built more than 2,000 Spitfire aircraft in secret to help win the Second World War. It was a little-known operation that saw the involvement of a few hundred people who worked in garages, workshops and factories in Salisbury to manufacture the fragments of the aircraft that would later be assembled in a large factory. It was researcher Norman Parker who reconstructed the secret history of the aircraft. The fundraising is intended to allow the creation of a life-size statue of a Spitfire in flight to be placed in the city of Salisbury. Chris Whalley, president of the "Secret Spitfires" charity, said: "These workers are not-celebrated heroes of the war and our initiative wants to recognize not only the pilots the merits related to Spitfire but also to those ordinary people who manufactured them. Without them, we would have been left without these planes and the consequences would have been truly horrible".

In 2016 a documentary by Ethem Cetintas and Karl Howman entitled "The secret spitfires" was produced.

The Supermarine Spitfire was a single-engine low-wing single-seat fighter, produced by the homonymous British company in the thirties and forties. Employed in Europe, North Africa, Australia and Asia, it became one of the "symbolic planes" of the Second World War above all for its effective and decisive contribution to the victorious English resistance to the German aggression, during the Battle of England and the years of the conflict. In the Battle, it shared with Hawker Hurricane the difficult task of defending the land against "Luftwaffe" attacks. Employed by the aviation of numerous allied countries, such as the ex-Soviet Union, Australia and the United States of America and built in about forty different versions, it is perhaps the aircraft with design and construction evolution superior to any other model, throughout the history of flight. Including the 2556 Seafires, 20351 were produced up until 1947, when the last Mk-24 left the assembly lines. After the war it was still used for a long time by the Air Forces of France, the Netherlands, Greece, Turkey, Belgium, India, Italy and Czechoslovakia. It was considered by the British ace Johnnie Johnson "the best conventional defensive fighter of the war".

Below, the trailer for the documentary "The secret spitfires":

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