No 126 Wing RCAF

No 126 Wing RCAF

by Donald Nijboer
     
 

The success of the Royal Canadian Air Force's No 126 Wing began before the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, but its phenomenal performance after the Normandy invasion has no simple explanation. True, it profited from being in all the right places at all the right moments during the war - D-Day and the breakout, Falaise Gap, Operation Market Garden, the winter

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Overview

The success of the Royal Canadian Air Force's No 126 Wing began before the D-Day landings on 6 June 1944, but its phenomenal performance after the Normandy invasion has no simple explanation. True, it profited from being in all the right places at all the right moments during the war - D-Day and the breakout, Falaise Gap, Operation Market Garden, the winter offensive in the Ardennes and the crossing of the Rhine into Germany. But other wings with 2nd TAP participated in the same operations without achieving nearly the same success as No 126. This book examines the wing's exploits in each of these major operations highlighting the effectiveness of the Spitfire in the fighter-bomber role, as well as in its more familiar air superiority mission. Finally, the exploits of the pilots who 'made ace' with the wing are fully detailed.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846034831
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
04/20/2010
Series:
Aviation Elite Units Series
Pages:
128
Product dimensions:
7.20(w) x 9.70(h) x 0.50(d)

Meet the Author

Donald Nijboer is a freelance writer who lives in Toronto, Canada. He teaches courses in radio broadcasting at Humber College of Technology and Advanced Learning. His four books, Cockpit: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Interiors, Gunner: An Illustrated History of World War II Aircraft Turrets and Gun Positions, Cockpits of the Cold War and Graphic War - The Secret Aviation Drawings and Illustrations of World War Two have been published by the Boston Mills Press. He has also written articles for Flight Journal, Aviation History and Aeroplane Monthly. The author lives in Toronto, Ontario.

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