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 was once first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. it is a thoroughly rewritten and drastically elevated account of this crucial command's important contribution to the Invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the forces of the 3rd Reich in Western Europe. The second TAF, which, outfitted with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew flooring assault and tank-busting missions in help of Montgomery's twenty first military workforce because it complex via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy shipping, ammunition dumps and verbal exchange pursuits. 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 offers with the formation and growth of second TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the subsequent yr, and with the preliminary serious month of the invasion. This quantity, as with the 2 next volumes, is not just profusely illustrated with many little identified images, and with Chris Thomas's masterly paintings, but additionally includes day-by-day listings of all claims made opposed to enemy airplane, and all losses, harm and casualties suffered via second Tactical airplane and aircrews in accomplishing their onerous tasks.
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B-26s were then dispatched to bomb Schipol in the afternoon. /JG 3 was caught trying to scramble, and was savagely dealt with by Canadian pilots of 11 Group, who claimed nine German fighters shot down, with a tenth claimed by an RAF unit. 132 Squadron was also present, but was able to submit only a claim for a single Messerschmitt damaged; the Luftwaffe unit lost five pilots killed, including the 'Experte' Maj Kurt Brandle (180 victories; Knights Cross with Oakleaves), while a sixth Bf 109 was destroyed and two more damaged.
Both Jensen and Collins achieved successful forcedlandings and were subsequently captured, but Fig Off 'Paddy' King died in his Typhoon. Of the three survivors, Fit Lt Peacock and Fig Off Jones were both killed in subsequent operations with 181 Squadron, but Pit Off Brandreth completed his tour with the Squadron, and later with 137 Squadron, afterwards commanding 181 Squadron shortly before it was disbanded nearly two years after this memorable day (which would be recorded in 181 Squadron's ORB as 'Black Monday').
A Mitchell of 98 Squadron and a Ventura were hit by Flak, both crash-landing on return to England. 1JG 26 at 1627, while another from 170 Squadron fell to Flak near Moliers. Wall was killed. 1JG 26. Rankin 7 September 1943 Fw 190 --1 Fw 190 --1 8 September 1943 SE Douai sdb Fw 190 Mardyck EMerville After two weeks of associated aerial bombardment, Operation 'Starkey' took place on this date. The expected large-scale opposition from the Luftwaffe failed to materialise, but Spitfires from 122 Airfield did manage to find some action.
2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 1: Spartan to Normandy, June 1943 to June 1944 by Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas