Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45

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The Typhoon was the RAF's chosen heavyweight fighter-bomber to support the British and Canadian armies during the invasion of northwest Europe, and the 20 squadrons in the 2nd TAF that flew the aircraft should appear in any list of 'war-winners'. They introduced the large-scale use of the rocket projectile to land battles, performed the main role in taking out the German radar defence systems prior to D-Day, made the key intervention in defeating the almost-successful German counter-attack at Mortain in August ...

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Overview

The Typhoon was the RAF's chosen heavyweight fighter-bomber to support the British and Canadian armies during the invasion of northwest Europe, and the 20 squadrons in the 2nd TAF that flew the aircraft should appear in any list of 'war-winners'. They introduced the large-scale use of the rocket projectile to land battles, performed the main role in taking out the German radar defence systems prior to D-Day, made the key intervention in defeating the almost-successful German counter-attack at Mortain in August 1944 and undertook pinpoint attacks on enemy headquarters that crippled the Wehrmacht's ability to respond at key periods in 1944-45. These battles were by no means one-sided, with the Typhoon's nemesis - the highly effective German flak units - exacting a terrible toll on 2nd TAF units from June 1944 through to war's end. Indeed, some 400 aircraft and 150 pilots were lost during the Normandy campaign alone. The tactics employed by the Typhoon squadrons during these epic events are revealed and supported by the words of the pilots themselves in this volume.

Comprehensive histories of fighting aircraft and their crews, highlighting their vital role in the development of warfare in the 20th and 21st centuries

A unique source of information, researched by recognized experts and brought to life by first-hand accounts from the combat veterans themselves

Concise, authoritative text is supported by at least 30 original colour artworks, specially commissioned scale drawings, and the best archival photography from around the world

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"Typical of Osprey books, there are a superlative number of period photos of the planes and those who flew them. This is further enhanced by a large selection of color profiles by author that show examples of the Typhoon as the war progressed.
This is an outstanding book on the subject and is one that I can easily recommend to you." - Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness (October 2010)

"Military holdings considering strategy and equipment will find this a fine survey from an aircraft specialist who provides much research on the history and development of the Typhoon." - The Midwest Book Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781846039737
  • Publisher: Osprey Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 9/21/2010
  • Series: Combat Aircraft Series
  • Pages: 96
  • Sales rank: 468,661
  • Product dimensions: 7.00 (w) x 9.60 (h) x 0.30 (d)

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 Aircraft and Weapons 6

Chapter 2 The Wings 22

Chapter 3 The Leaders 26

Chapter 4 Build-Up to D-Day 46

Chapter 5 Normandy 58

Chapter 6 Bitter Winter, Victorious Spring 72

Appendices 88

Colour Plates Commentary 91

Index 96

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