Performance is reported "better than ever" on a new Spitfire in general use on the Italian battlefronts. Featuring sharply pointed wingtips, it mounts the Merlin 61 engine and employs a four-bladed prop.

British planes are now using long-range fuel tanks made of a special paper which is bonded with animal glues and impregnated with a gelatin. Production is reported to he both fast and cheap.

These news clips were originally published in the "International Briefs" subhead of "Aviation Abroad" column in the January, 1944, issue of Aviation magazine, vol 43, no 1, p 297.