2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 1: Spartan to Normandy, June by Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas


By Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas

It truly is greater than 30 years because the unique and hugely acclaimed historical past of second Tactical Air strength used to be first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. this can be a thoroughly rewritten and enormously multiplied account of this significant command's very 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 help of Montgomery's twenty first military team because it complicated via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy delivery, ammunition dumps and verbal exchange objectives. 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 bargains with the formation and enlargement of second TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the following year, and with the preliminary severe month of the invasion. This quantity, as with the 2 next volumes, isn't just profusely illustrated with many little recognized images, and with Chris Thomas's masterly art, but in addition includes day-by-day listings of all claims made opposed to enemy plane, and all losses, harm and casualties suffered via 2d Tactical airplane and aircrews in conducting their laborious tasks.

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The loss of the much-admired FIg Off James was particularly hard-felt by 245 Squadron. He had flown many operations as a Sgt Pilot of Bomber Command Handley Page Hampdens before being shot down over Brest. Wounded and captured, his hand had been amputated (unnecessarily, he thought) by hard-pressed German doctors, yet despite this disability, he later managed to escape and return to England. MacLachlan, a notable fighter pilot), he had successfully retrained as a fighter pilot. Parsons north of Bolbec at 1421.

F. Pavey of 122 Squadron; he may therefore have been Todt's victor. lary Bl109 Bl109 1---1 Merville sdb Fw 190 nr Courtrai {Bruayarea { 21 September 1943 In an attack on a synthetics plant at Lens, two of 98 Squadron's six Mitchells were attacked by Fw 190s, one being shot down at once and one ditching ten miles off Berck-sur-Mer due to damage. Obstlt Josef 'Pips' Priller, Kommodore of JG 26, and Hptm Naumann of ILlJG 26, each claimed one of these bombers shot down; Priller's 94th victim would seem to have been the Mitchell flown by FIg Off Atkins, as he reported that it went down near St Pol, not over the sea.

GVan Tangen IK) Yale Ju 88 Ju 88 1-1--l- Montheryarea Gournay OG; Bretigny csd 6m SW 001 cnk A pair of Mustang pilots of 414 Squadron flew a 'Rhubarb' to the Brussels area soon after midday. Brown jointly, crashing to his death from 6,500 feet near Albert. The Canadian fighter-reconnaissance pilots returned, also claiming to have shot up four trains and a barge. McGuire 3 November 1943 {St Andre area { { N Fauville Ijmuiden area The day was marked by the opening of the campaign against the V-weapons sites which would account for a substantial percentage of the TAP's operational commitment during the next six months.

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