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Target Of Opportunity
The Hawker Typhoon was one of World  War Two’s most potent ground attack  planes. The Typhoon was one of the first  planes to provide ‘close air support’.  The Typhoons engine was twice as  powerful as the Merlin engine which  enabled it to fly at 40mph faster than a Mk  VB Spitfire. Whereas the Spitfire and  Hurricane found it difficult to engage the  legendary Fw 190’s at low level, the  Typhoon did not. Out of the first 60  Typhoon kills, 40 were Fw 190’s. the Typhoon became a platform for either  bombs or rocket projectiles (RP’s). The  Typhoon first carried RP’s in October 1943. Most commonly, eight high explosive or  semi-armour piercing RP’s were used, four  on each wing. Used for a low level attack,  such weaponry against trains, tanks etc.  could be devastating.  
Invasion Stripes - The Hawker Tyhoon
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Before D-Day, the Typhoon had been  used to great effect in attacks on  German radar installations along the  French coastline, such as the one at  Caudecote/Dieppe that was attacked  on June 2nd. On D-Day, the Typhoon was the main  close support aircraft for the RAF’s  2nd Tactical Support Force (TAF) that  assisted British and Canadian troops  as they landed in Normandy. Eighteen  Typhoon squadrons flew on June 6th  1944. Eleven were RP carrying and  the rest carried bombs and their first  target on that day was the German HQ  for 84th Corps at Chateau La Meauffe  near St. Lô. Two squadrons, 137 and  263, patrolled the Channel and were  instructed to engage any German ship  if it entered that stretch of water.  The Typhoon was frequently in action  as the Allies drove east across Europe  to Nazi Germany. Typhoon pilots were  instructed to maintain a ‘cab rank’ over a battle field at a height of 10,000 feet  so that they could strike with due  immediacy as and when they were  required. The Typhoon gave very  effective cover during the ‘Battle of the  Hedgerows’ as the Allies moved out of  Normandy and further into occupied  France.
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