By Chris Thomas, Christopher Shores
It's been greater than 30 years because the unique and hugely acclaimed background of second Tactical Air strength was once first released, and it's been lengthy out of print. Now finally, this publication is a totally rewritten and vastly increased 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. The 2d TAF, outfitted with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew ground-attack and tank-busting missions in aid 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 2d TAF comprised British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian, and New Zealand crews. This moment quantity covers the breakout from Normandy, the improvement around the Low nations, and the German ripostes within the Ardennes and Operation 'Bodenplatte' within the wintry weather that undefined.
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Extra info for 2nd Tactical Air Force, Vol. 2: Breakout to Bodenplatte, July 1944 to January 1945
82 iron 'dumb' bombs, B-52H 60-0033 'MT' of the 5th BW from Minot AFB, North Dakota, at RAF Fairford. The small yellow stripe around the front of each bomb indicates live, whereas a blue stripe is for inert munitions for training. Bob Archer Formed for long range strategic reconnaissance primarily until 1955 when the unit added strategic bombing. Integrated with 9th Strategic Reconnaissance Wing until 1951 but with no control over that unit's squadrons. Added air refueling mission in 1959. Moved to Minot AFB in 1968, absorbing assets of former 450th Bombardment Wing.
Therefore USAFE was provided with the latest of equipment, and was bolstered by the presence of SAC strategic bombers on ground alert for a number of years. In addition TAG fighter units regularly deployed to Europe for familiarization ed as modernization programs were implemented. 48th OG 492nd FS RAF Lakenheath, UK F-15E IN1 493rd FS RAF Lakenheath, UK F-15C/D IN1 494th FS RAF Lakenheath, UK F-15E IN1 52nd Fighter Wing - Spangdahlem AB, Germany 52nd OG 22nd FS Spangdahlem AB F-16CJ/DJ 'SP 1 23rd FS Spangdahlem AB F-16CJ/DJ 'SP 1 81stFS Spangdahlem AB OA/A-10A 'SP' 'RS' 86th Airlift Wing - Ramstein AB, Germany 86th OG training, particularly as the dense air traffic in Europe 37th AS Ramstein AB C-130E 75th AS Ramstein AB C-9A 76th AS Ramstein AB C-20A, C-21 A 7005th ABS Echterdingen AB and for many years the command was divided into three numbered Air Forces.
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