Wednesday, 5 June 2019

D-Day 75th Anniversary - a Typhoon related post

So, nearly a copy of a post from a year ago - it's the 75th anniversary of D-Day.  On this day 75 years ago, the 2nd Tactical Air Force were heavily engaged over the skies of France with rocket and bomb attacks on enemy positions, and vehicles in front of the line of advance.

Eisenhower himself specifically praised the Typhoons - "The chief credit in smashing the enemy's spearhead, however, must go to the rocket-firing Typhoon aircraft of the Second Tactical Air Force... The result of the strafing was that the enemy attack was effectively brought to a halt, and a threat was turned into a great victory."  I think this was more related to the "Falaise Pocket" rather than the landings themselves.

Heavy praise indeed for the aircraft and pilots.  The records of losses over the war showed that today and tomorrow there were very heavy casualties for the Typhoon force, a factor of the sudden invasion and the huge amount of missions flown per day.

"Return of the Hunters" by Anthony Saunders
Rest in Peace all those airmen and crew that paid the ultimate price for our freedoms in the face of great adversity.

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