Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Combat Aircraft) Review

Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Combat Aircraft)
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Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Combat Aircraft) ReviewThough a failure in its original fighter role, Hawker's brutish, thick-winged Typhoon was transformed into the RAF's premier ground-attack aircraft. Armed with four 20mm cannons, bombs and rockets, the 18 Tiffy squadrons assigned to the RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force savaged Wehrmacht troops, MT and other targets as the Allies advanced across Europe. Author-illustrator Chris Thomas presents an overview of Typhoon ground-attack ops in this Osprey 'Combat Aircraft' book, #86 in the series.
Prior to D-Day, the Allied Air Forces, realizing the need for effective close-air-support, had cooperatively developed army-air force CAS tactics, revamped the Typhoon for the CAS mission and created the units that furnish that support. Some seven wings - 121 Wing, 123 Wing, 136 Wing, etc. - were parcelled out between 83 and 84 Groups.
Prior to D-Day, the units struck various targets in Normandy including radar sites. After D-Day, the units moved to France and followed closely behind the advancing ground units, striking German Army columns, HQs and other hard targets. By war's end, the Tiffy units had destroyed thousands of tanks, trucks and other MET, killed countless enemy soldiers and made a significant contribution to victory in Europe. All that effort came at great cost, the "low-down-and-dirty" attacks carried out by Typhoon units costing 500+ aircraft and over 200 pilots to the hellacious German AA batteries.
Given the wide canvas he has to cover - one year's worth of combat by 18 squadrons - author Thomas does an admirable job of summarizing the Tiffy's ground attack career. He traces the Typhoon's make-over, creation of the various wings and some notable Tiffy commanders/pilots and highlights of the aircraft in combat. He also contributes ten pages of nicely-done color profiles of various Typhoons. I gave the book four stars - actually 4 1/2 - simply because I felt more pages were needed to adequately tell the Typhoon story.
In any case, TYPHOON WINGS OF 2nd TAF 1943-45 is a comprehensive, well-illustrated and exciting summary of some of the hairiest missions flown by Allied pilots during World War II. Recommended.
Review #1150.Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Combat Aircraft) Overview

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