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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. it is a thoroughly rewritten and enormously extended account of this significant 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 crew because it complicated via Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber devices struck at enemy delivery, ammunition dumps and conversation ambitions. 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 growth of 2d 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 identified photos, 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 by way of 2d Tactical plane and aircrews in undertaking their laborious tasks.

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Leigh-Mallory's command would comprise three major components, while he would also have a call upon the resources of two further components. The three main bodies were to be, firstly, the US Ninth Air Force, a tactical arm similar in composition and purpose to the Tactical Air Force within Fighter Command; the second was the Tactical Air Force, which formally became Second Tactical Air Force (2nd TAF) two days later on 15 November, when Fighter Command was dissolved, with its illustrious name remaining dormant for some time; the third was the residue of the units which had formed Fighter Command, and which now became controlled by a new organisation which received an old title from the 1920s-1930s Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB).

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JG 26 at 1430. Rodgerson (KI Fw 190 --1 He 111 Bf 109 Bf 109 Bf 109 1---2 1-1-- 5m SW Dunkirk hbf f/I Manston OG; nr Cassel OG; nr Douai {S Ghent { hbf? lis EVeules les Roses Bf 109 Bf 109 1-1-- {N Evreux hbd? I/s Argentan { rof blo 6m N Gravelines Easr last seen Gravelines The day proved to be another very busy one for Fighter Command, Spitfire squadrons making a total of 20 claims by the time darkness fell, for the loss of only three aircraft. Tactical Air Force units were involved in two early evening 'Ramrods'.

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