The 2nd TAF, equipped with rocket- and bomb-carrying Typhoons, Tempests, Spitfires, Mosquitos, Mustangs and medium bombers, flew ground attack and tank-busting missions in support of Montgomery's 21st Army Group as it advanced through Normandy and north-west Europe in 1944-45. The medium bomber units struck at enemy transport, ammunition dumps and communication targets. The 2nd TAF comprised British, Canadian, Polish, Czech, Norwegian, French, South African, Australian and New Zealand crews. The first volume in this three-book set deals with the formation and expansion of 2nd TAF from its inception in June 1943 for the next 12 months, and with the initial critical month of the invasion. This volume, as with the two subsequent volumes, is not only profusely illustrated with many little known photographs, and with Chris Thomas's masterly artwork, but also contains daily listings of all claims made against enemy aircraft, and all losses, damage and casualties suffered by 2nd Tactical aircraft and aircrews in carrying out their arduous duties.
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Christopher Shores served in the ATC and RAF during the 1950s and produced his first book in 1966. Since then he has produced an average of one book per year on aviation subjects, plus many articles, aircraft monographs, and similar works. By profession a chartered surveyor, Christopher Shores worked in the commercial property market for more than 40 years. Retired in mid 2000, he continues to be a consultant, but is now able to devote much more of his time and energy to aviation research and writing. He lives in Dorset, England.
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