Submarine Spitfire Jonnie-Johnson Nose Art Panel
Flown by Wg Cdr James E. Johnson
Dimensions: 18" x 40"
Submarine Spitfire Jonnie-Johnson had more kills than any other RAF pilot during the Second World War.
The Spitfire became the most appealing fighter aircraft of all time. The Submarine Spitfire played a major role in the Royal Air Forces' victory in the Battle of Britain.
The Mk I Submarine Spitfire received the lion's share of the fighting in Europe. Having a more powerful Rolls-Royce engine the Mk I put into service in Britain in September 1940.
The Mk I Submarine Spitfire was unable to perform at a high enough level to compete with enemy fighter aircraft. The problem was no longer an issue after the Mk V airframe was re-fitted with the Merlin 61 engine.
This resulted in a far superior fighter aircraft and was, at last, the fighter the Royal Air Force needed.
The spitfire's performance improved with the addition of the Rolls-Royce Griffon engine.
The Royal Airforce now had a fighter aircraft that competed with the German Bf-109F.
Trying to incorporate similar characteristics like Great Britain's Hurricane and Spitfire. The Messerschmitt Bf-109 was manufactured to meet a need for a new fixed-wing aircraft.
They were exceptional in flight characteristics as compared to the RAF combat Fighters.
During World War II the US military combat planes were typically painted a drab camouflage, without any use of markings of a personal nature.
It is believed that the Germans were the first to apply “nose art” by hand painting designs on their fighters and bombers.
They were formally authorized to use images and they were created so that it would be easy to tell the difference between their comrade’s aircraft and the enemy’s aircraft during combat.
Although the exact date it first appeared is impossible to pinpoint, it is believed that aircraft nose art was more than likely started by the German Luftwaffe. An excellent example of one of the more noteworthy personalization was that of Gen. Adolf Galland who had his favorite emblem placed on several of the Messerschmidt 109’s assigned to his squadron. It showed Mickey Mouse smoking a big cigar and wielding a gun. This image was also used on the fighter that he piloted in the Spanish Civil War. The application of a small piece of artwork under the cockpit of fighters appears to have been widespread during this time, but it was a perk usually restricted to the Luftwaffe higher scoring aces.