This poster is an interesting survivor. Published by HMSO, only one other copy has been identified worldwide, in the Fort Missoula Military Museum in the United States – where it is printed in English. This is not in the Imperial War Museum online catalogue. Curiously, despite its rarity, an image of this poster was chosen by the Daily Mail to illustrate its articles about the Spitfires alleged to be buried in Burma.
The poster advertises the new Spitfire IIB – with a larger engine than the Mk I, and armed with two cannons and four machine guns, rather than the original eight machine guns which was . The version published in the Daily Mail articles was overprinted with a message to Packard War Workers in the United States. It is assumed that the Spanish version here was either related to the production of Hispano cannon – for all that the cannon were made under licence in the UK, or related to the Hispanic US population engaged in the production of Spitfire parts in the US.
The Mk II was put into production before the Battle of Britian, so this poster dates to a time before the Spitfire had become the saviour of Britain. A very rare survivor.
With an even more powerful Rolls-Royce “Merlin” engine, the “Spitfire” enters the lists again, re-engined and re-armed. It is now armed with two cannon and four machine guns. The official speed of “Spitfire I” was over 366 m.p.h. at 18.500 feet. The rate of initial climb was 2,300 feet per minute. Points in “Spitfire” design are its all-metal construction, stressed metal covering, outwards retracting undercarriage. Fixed tail wheel, radiator under starboard wing, are other points. Wing-span is 36 feet 10 inches; height, 11 feet 5 inches. The Supermarine “Spitfire I” was evolved from the seaplance which wone the Schneider Trophy, for the third successive time and outright in 1931. “Achtung Schpitfeuer” are still the last words many a Nazi airman will hear.