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‘Spitfire of the Seas’ manual now on sale from Haynes

Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat Haynes Manual

While the Royal Air Force's Spitfires defended the skies over Britain and the English Channel during World War 2, a different type of fast-flying vessel was performing equally daring dos on the waters down below: the Royal Navy Motor Gun Boat.

Operating from their harbour bases around the south and east coasts of England, RN Coastal Forces crews would set out under cover of darkness to look for trouble with German shipping in the Channel and the North Sea.

The centrepiece of this Owners’ Workshop Manual is MGB 81, a combat veteran that took part in repeated action between 1942 and 1945 in the North Sea and English Channel, including on D-Day. Her fighting career, restoration and recent rebuild are all covered in this fascinating insight into the only operational example of an RN Coastal Forces MGB of the Second World War.

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