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This picture was taken at Le Fresne Camilly in Normandy late June 1944, and shows Flt. Lt. John Henry of 175 Squadron scrambling to his typhoon. 175 Sqn were originally based in Apuldram on the South coast and were the first Squadron to land in France. (Photo andabove information courtesy of Chris Slade)The Napier Sabre-engined Hawker Typhoon first flew in February 1940 although delivery to the RAF did not begin until September 1941 and engine and structural problems dogged the Typhoons early career as a low-level interceptor. However, from 1942, the Hawker Typhoon excelled in its role as a ground attack strike aircraft, fitted with four 20mm Hispano cannons and either 1,000lb of bombs or eight rocket projectiles.
Le Fresne Camilly, Normandy - June 1944
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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.The Typhoon was frequently in action as the Allies drove west 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. A total of 3,330 Hawker Typhoon aircraft of all types were produced through Nov. 1945 when production ended.