Initially intended as a replacement for the hugely
successful Hawker Hurricane, the early Typhoon fighters were beset with
development problems and although highly effective at lower altitudes,
it was not considered suitable for the role of interceptor. When
adapted for ground attack missions, the Typhoon proved to be unbeatable
and took a heavy toll of German armour following the D-Day Landings.
Germany attempted to launch a counter offensive, following the
successful Allied landings on the beaches of Normandy in June 1944, they
must have hoped that poor weather would restrict the flight operations
of RAF Typhoon attack fighters. Armed with powerful Hispano 20mm cannon
and either 500lb bombs, or eight unguided rockets, marauding Squadrons
of Typhoons were capable of decimating Wehrmacht armoured units, if they
caught them in open ground.
As the Allies advanced towards
Germany, the Typhoons of the Second Tactical Air Force kept an airborne
strangle hold on German ground operations and destroyed anything that
may have been of use to the enemy, when the weather permitted.
- Livery A: R7752 PR-G, Roland Beamont, 609 Squadron Manston 1943
- Livery B: RB781 SA-H 486 Squadron
- Livery C: EK270 EL-X 181 Squadron
- Livery D: JP671 XP-R 174 Squadron