Just as a prizefighter after each grueling round returns to his corner for doctoring at the hands of his seconds, so do the hard-hitting Spitfires, the RAF's haymaker in this First World War of the air, return to a Spitfire "hospital" after their forays against the Luftwaffe, and seek the expert doctoring which has enabled so many of them to continue in combat. The British Ministry of Aircraft Production long ago faced the same shortage of vital materials now being experienced in the United States. They found it impractical simply to write off planes which in other days might have been consigned to the junk pile. The Spitter was indispensable to the defense of England, and so fighter hospitals were created. Here the damaged aircraft are swiftly reconditioned and, in many instances, practically rebuilt from salvaged parts of dismantled planes. The efficient operation of these Spitfire hospitals has made possible the return to duty of many battle-scarred aircraft, veterans of repeated aerial encounters with the enemy, and has done much to offset the numerical advantage thus far held by the Luftwaffe.
This pictorial article was originally published in the June, 1942, issue of Flying and Popular Aviation magazine, vol 30, no 6, p 21.
The original article includes 4 photographs.
Photos are not credited.