New publication from Fonthill Media: ‘Spitfire Across the Atlantic’ tells story of former photo-reconnaissance pilot James Elwyn Storey and his epic non-stop flight trans-Atlantic flight in a Spitfire PR XI.

Flt Lt James E. Storey flew Spitfires with the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit in the Second World War before moving to Argentina in 1946. Inspired by his wartime experience, he recognised the business potential of photographing the world from above and obtained a Spitfire PR XI from the

Aircraft Disposal Department of the Ministry of Supply. In order to save time, he decided to fly the aircraft across the Atlantic. The trip was made in company of a BSAA Lancastrian, and the crossing of the South Atlantic, a distance of 1,800 miles, was completed in eight hours and forty minutes – the longest single Spitfire flight ever recorded. This book examines the life of Flt Lt James E. Storey, from his early childhood in Argentina, his career with the Royal Air Force and his subsequent record-breaking flight to Argentina in a Spitfire PR XI.

  • The first book to be written about his record-breaking flight, which despite its fame in 1947, has been all but forgotten
  • Comes at a time of renewed recognition of the service of PRU pilots, with plans approved for the building of a national memorial to the Photographic Reconnaissance Unit in London
  • The sum of twenty years of research and packed with previously unpublished material and photographs

Spitfire Across the Atlantic

  • Author: Ricardo Martin Lezon
  • Publication: 5 March 2024
  • Price: £30.00/$45.00
  • ISBN: 978-1-78155-357-2
  • Size: 234 x 156 mm
  • Binding: Hardback
  • Extent: 194 pages
  • Illustrations: 18 colour/52 mono
  • Rights: World, all languages

Available from Fonthill Media

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