TYPHOONS on the ATTACK

PAVING THE WAY

Chris Goss outlines the role played by the Hawker Typhoon-equipped 609 (West Riding) Squadron in the Normandy campaign of mid-1944.

Two 609 Sqn Typhoons hit a German column.
(ANASTASIOS POLYCHRONIS)
Sqn Ldr Johnny Wells, the unit’s CO.
(ALL IMAGES VIA THE AUTHOR UNLESS NOTED)

Ground attack sorties by the RAF’s Second Tactical Air Force (2nd TAF) units played an enormously important part in paving the way for ground forces in occupied Europe. One of the busiest was 609 (West Riding) Squadron, commanded by Sqn Ldr Johnny Wells. The Hampshire-based squadron flew from RAF Thorney Island.

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