We’re pleased to announce that Malloch’s Spitfire by Nick Meikle is now available from Casemate Publishers! This is the story of the pursuit of a dream. Spitfire PK350 is the only late-mark Spitfire, an F Mk 22, to have ever been restored to full flying status. She had no restrictions on her airframe and with four fully serviceable 20mm cannons, she was as good as the day she came off the production line in July 1945 near Birmingham, England.
Some fascinating insights are revealed in this account. From the test pilot who first flew her as PK350 on 25 July 1945, the reader is taken on a journey through the aircraft’s complete life, with the project’s lead engineer and most of the surviving pilots who flew her gracing the story with their memories. For two years PK350 delighted those fortunate enough to see her fly, mostly around Salisbury (Harare) airport. Then, on what was planned to be its last flight, Malloch’s Spitfire never returned to base.
In the preface to this book, Jack Malloch’s three children write: “The rebuilding of the Spitfire is an important story in the saga of Jack Malloch’s life and in telling it, Nick seems to have captured the essence of who he was: humble and unassuming, but an adventurous daredevil who, at the same time, did what he did because he believed in it. Knowing Nick over the past 15 years and spending long hours together in the cockpit, we’ve found him to be a man of absolute integrity, thorough and calm, with characteristics not unlike those of our Dad himself. We feel that through his research and a wealth of historical knowledge, he is the perfect person to tell this story. We, as a family, are extremely grateful to Nick for documenting this great chapter in Rhodesian aviation and giving us, and our children, this record.”
You can buy Malloch’s Spitfire now from the Casemate Publishers website.