Hawker Typhoon:- The Combat History
|PUBLISHED (THIS EDITION):||1999|
|INSIDE:||Black and white photographs|
The Hawker Typhoon became the epitome of ground-attack aircraft in World War II. During the Invasion of Europe it was used to great advantage as Allied troops advanced from the English Channel towards Berlin.
Armed with rockets, 1,000lb bombs and four 20mm cannon it played a leading role in smashing Hitler's defending Panzer Divisions and wrought havoc with enemy road and rail communications as the Nazis struggled in the death throes of the Reich.
The aircraft was originally intended to be a replacement for the Hurricane and entered service with the RAF during 1941. In the role of the interceptor fighter it proved calamitous. Rushed development of the airframe and the Napier Sabre powerplant led to structural and engine failures. The aeroplane was withdrawn from that duty and confined to low-level flying, where it became a success.
Over 3,000 of the type were built, equipping 32 RAF squadrons in service in war zones around the world.