By Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas

It really is greater than 30 years because the unique and highly-acclaimed heritage of 2d Tactical Air strength used to be first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. Now eventually, a very rewritten and tremendously improved account of this crucial command's very important contribution to the Invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the forces of the 3rd Reich in Western Europe has been ready. The 2d TAF, outfitted 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 crew because it complicated via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy delivery, ammunition dumps, and verbal exchange goals. The 2d TAF comprized British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian, and New Zealand crews.

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Flames streamed from the ruptured wing, stripping the tail surfaces of paint and the rudder of fabric. Despite the damage he was able to return to Volkel and land safely, this exploit playing a significant part in the award of a DFC. - a LL « At 1618 a pair of 2 Squadron's Spitfire FR XIVs took off on a TacR, during which enemy aircraft were seen flying south-westwards at low level. MacElwain and his wingman intercepted, MacElwain claiming one Bf 109 shot down while FIg Off Jeffries believed he had damaged a second.

The 191 2 Group aircraft involved dropped 696 bombs, fired 38,730 cannon shells and 74,190 machine gun bullets. Of the targets bombed by the 71 Mitchells and Bostons which actually took part, those damaged to the greatest extent were Coevorden, Lathen, Meppen and Dedensvaart. The 120 Mosquitoes, which operated significantly further east than was their normal practice, were able to claim: MET Trains Googs wagons Locomotives Passenger coaches HDT Barges Tugs Signal Boxes Bridges Small Vessels Motor Vehicles Rail Cuts Gas Meters 2 destroyed 41 destroyed 7 destroyed 14 destroyed 1 destroyed 4 sunk 3 destroyed 4 destroyed 31 damaged 20 damaged 629 damaged 47 damaged 60 damaged 6 damaged 24 damaged 5 damaged 14 damaged 7 damaged 2 shot-up 3 1 damaged Other targets were attacked without obvious results being seen but the cost had been desperately high.

It was coded 'IB-P' and named 'Pu Iverizer' by its groundcrew, Vic Bell and Pete Peterson; its usual pilot was Fit Lt CWHicks. 58) which ended in the forced landing of nine Typhoons on 6 September 1944. Hardy recalled: 'It was late in the evening and raining and we were flying low as visibility was poor. We were so low I could see the 2 ft by 4 ft red patches the Army laid on the ground to mark their forward locations. Hal Gooding (Red 1) called Denny Wright (Blue 1) and asked him if he knew where we were.

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