No 126 Wing RCAF

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 ...

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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.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846034831
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 4/20/2010
  • Series: Aviation Elite Units Series
  • Pages: 128
  • Sales rank: 1,461,524
  • 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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Table of Contents

Introducation 63

Chapter 1 Formation, D-Day, Breakout 14

Chapter 2 Market Garden and Rail Interdiction 46

Chapter 3 Bodenplatte and March on the Rhine 88

Chapter 4 Crossing the Rhine 104

Appendices 121

Colour Plates Commentary 123

Bibliography 127

Index 128

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