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2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 1:
Spartan to Normandy, June 1943 to June 1944

by Christopher Shores, Chris Thomas

ISBN 1903223407 / 9781903223406 / 1-903223-40-7
Publisher Classic Publications
Language English
Edition Hardcover
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It is more than 30 years since the original and highly acclaimed history of 2nd Tactical Air Force was first published, and it has been long out of print. This is a completely rewritten and greatly expanded account of this important command's vital contribution to the Invasion of Normandy and the defeat of the forces of the Third Reich in Western Europe.

The 2nd TAF, which, equipped with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew ground attack and tank-busting missions in support of Montgomery's 21st Army Group as it advanced through Normandy and northwest Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber units struck at enemy transport, ammunition dumps and communication targets. The 2nd TAF comprised British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian and New Zealand crews.

The first volume in this three-book set deals with the formation and expansion of 2nd TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the next 12 months, and with the initial critical month of the invasion.

This volume, as with the two subsequent volumes, is not only profusely illustrated with many little known photographs, and with Chris Thomas's masterly artwork, but also contains daily listings of all claims made against enemy aircraft, and all losses, damage and casualties suffered by 2nd Tactical aircraft and aircrews in carrying out their arduous duties. [via]