By Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas
It's greater than 30 years because the unique and highly-acclaimed historical past of 2d Tactical Air strength was once first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. Now ultimately, a totally rewritten and significantly 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 has been ready. The 2d TAF, built 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 staff because it complicated via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy shipping, ammunition dumps, and verbal exchange ambitions. The second TAF comprized British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian, and New Zealand crews.
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Gilbertson of 487 Squadron reported baling out. Overall, losses (details of which may be found in the daily table in the main text and include two crashes on return to base) were: 136 Wing 418 Squadron 605 Squadron 4 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 4 killed, 2 PoW, 2 safe 6 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 5 killed, 3 PoW, 2 safe 138 Wing 107 Squadron 305 Squadron 613 Squadron 1 Mosquito Cat E Aircrew 2 PoW 1 Mosquito Cat E Aircrew 1 killed, 1 PoW 3 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 4 killed, 2 safe 140 Wing 21 Squadron 464 Squadron 487 Squadron 2 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 2 killed, 2 safe 2 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 3 killed, 1 PoW 5 Mosquitoes Cat E Aircrew 8 killed, 2 safe ABOVE Photographed at Thorney Island on 15 January 1945.
Harries, DSO, DFC & Bar, who was 'tour-expired' and posted to 84 Group HQ as Wing Commander Training; subsequently he was awarded a Bar to his DSO. OWittaker 13 February 1945 The day brought the loss of five more Typhoons, two each from 164 and 181 Squadrons, and five Spitfire IXs, including once again two from 345 Squadron. 145 Wing had now been rejoined by 340 Squadron, which now began converting to Spitfire XVIs. 80 ftr wx recce (SW Zwolle) Rheine a/I ftr (MOnsterl e/I b/o 4m SW Cleve hbf b/o SW Soest c/I cnk catAc/E "17Feb45 hit htc a/train catAc/E A Bofors gun crew struggles to keep its weapon serviceable in the ice and snow although the field of fire does not look too good with 308 Squadron's Spitfire IXs (soon to be exchanged for MkXVls) lined up behind.
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. Denny answered "negative". Then Hal said we'd fly 270 degrees until we were almost out of fuel, then each of us were to pick a field and go down. I put 'Pulverizer' down on her belly without any problems (see photograph). " MN311 was retrieved and repaired by Taylorcraft, later seeing service with 181 Squadron.
2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 3: From the Rhine to Victory, January to July 1945 by Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas