By Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas
It really is greater than 30 years because the unique and hugely acclaimed background of 2d Tactical Air strength was once first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. this can be a thoroughly rewritten and drastically improved account of this significant command's important contribution to the Invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the forces of the 3rd Reich in Western Europe. The 2d TAF, which, built with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew floor assault and tank-busting missions in aid of Montgomery's twenty first military staff because it complex via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy shipping, ammunition dumps and verbal exchange pursuits. The second TAF comprised British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian and New Zealand crews. the 1st quantity during this three-book set offers with the formation and enlargement of 2d TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the following yr, and with the preliminary serious month of the invasion. This quantity, as with the 2 next volumes, is not just profusely illustrated with many little identified photos, and with Chris Thomas's masterly art, but additionally includes day-by-day listings of all claims made opposed to enemy airplane, and all losses, harm and casualties suffered via 2d Tactical airplane and aircrews in engaging in their exhausting tasks.
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FlJ/E. ' .. ,.. ,. i... :. n:t) 0/$7£",,'1:1<:. H OIYJ. 'Paddy' Woodhouse, commander of 16 Wing which comprised two Typhoon 11 September 1943 Airfields, and Wg Cdr Alec Ingle, Wing Leader of 124 Airfield, led Typhoons from both Airfields over France during the evening to attack Beauvais/Tille airfield, where around 20 Fw 190s were encountered. Damage was claimed to three of these, including one by Woodhouse himself, but Ingle was shot down, becoming a POW,("Irvin beat Newton by two seconds... O'Hara-Murray was killed however.
Lewis (K) CLAIM d Pd CAUSE/LOCATION sdb Fw 190 30m N Brest peninsula hbf csd Watten One of 129 Squadron's newly acquired Spitfire IXs. MH384 'DV-R', at Hornchurch in the late summer of 1943. It was inherited by 504 Squadron in January 1944 when this unit moved in to Hornchurch and 129 departed for a spell at Peterhead, but was destroyed when 504's dispersal was bombed during the night of 22/23 February. 31 August 1943 When operations on this date concluded, 83 Group reported that units allocated to it had by now flown 5,445 sorties, dropped 199 tons of bombs and claimed 24 enemy aircraft destroyed, three probables and 23 damaged for the loss of 35 pilots.
180 Squadron aircraft are shown refuelling and 'bombing-up' (FV916 'EV-N'), marshalling for departure (FL707 'EV-Z' nearest the camera) and a 98 Squadron Mitchell, (FL704 'VO-S'l. departing. (IWM CH 11038, CH 11040 & CH 11037) improved and changes in strategic and tactical reconnaissance procedures were recommended. Bombing of airfields, marshalling yards and guns by the 'heavies' was thought to have been effective; in fact the latter targets were little damaged and the attacks had cost the lives of nearly 500 French civilians.