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The Day of the Typhoon: Flying with the RAF Tankbusters in Norman

The Day of the Typhoon: Flying with the RAF Tankbusters in Normandy - John Golley

Wellingborough: Patrick Stephens, 1986, Hardback in Dust Wrapper.
Condition: cGood — in Good+ Dust Wrapper. Price Clipped. A little rubbing to the edges of the dust wrapper.

Includes: Black & white photographs; Maps; Appendices (2);

From the cover: “Reading more like fiction than fact, and a fast-moving action-packed novel of war at that, this account of rocket Typhoon operations over Normandy in the weeks immediately following the D-Day Invasion of Europe is all the more enthralling for its authenticity. Written by a former ground attack pilot who flew 73 missions with 245 Squadron over Northern France in 1944-5, the book has all the immediacy of a first-hand account of the action, excitement, terror and the camaraderie experienced by a close ground support squadron ‘moving up the line’. In those few dramatic weeks, when the fate of Europe hung in the balance, when Allied forces struggled to establish the crucial foothold on the bloody beaches and fields of Normandy, it was the daring and courage of the pilots who fought the vital air-to-ground battles which guaranteed the success of the Invasion.

For a while 245 Squadron earned a reputation as a jinxed unit, losing several commanding officers in succession and, indeed, the casualty rate was high. ‘sprog’ pilots were given little chance to learn from their mistakes: the margin between adrenalin-pumping fear and blind panic going into the attack was a slim one and those who crossed from one to the other were lucky to survive. The Day of the Typhoon describes the thoughts and the necessary machismo adopted by the young ground-attack pilots in their quest to do their job and yet pull through. Many did not.

For all the horror of battle, the lottery of war will sometimes throw up quirks of fate and strengths of character that might otherwise remain disguised. Humour is often the result, contributing to that spark of hope which reveals the resilience of the human condition. But drama apart, this book is valuable too for its accurate representation of a fighting entity, a fighting machine which took brute strength to fly to its limits and whose hour of glory would become known as ‘the Day of the Typhoon’.”

Jacket designed by Michael Turner. Foreword or introduction by Roland Beaumont. Size: 8¼" x 5½". Black boards with Gilt titling to the Spine. 216 pages.

This one has already found a new owner.