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Hawker Typhoon: The Combat History

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The Hawker Typhoon became the epitome of ground-attack aircraft in World War II. During the invasion of Europe it was used to great effect as the Allied troops advanced from the English Channel to Berlin. This is a collection of first-hand accounts from operational pilots of the Hawker Typhoon.
Hardcover, 160 pages
Published August 1st 2002 by Airlife Publishing (first published July 2002)
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Tony Hisgett
Aug 24, 2018 rated it liked it
This book provides an interesting account of the trials and tribulations of the Typhoon’s development, from a failure as a air superiority fighter to become one of the best ground attack aircraft in the world. I didn’t realise just how many problems there were with the design and the production of the plane.

The Typhoon was an important part of the offensive in Europe from 1944, among other sorties they operated the ‘Cab rank’ system allowing them to be almost instantly available to ground troops
John Purvis
Jan 20, 2017 rated it really liked it
“Hawker Typhoon” eBook was published in 2016 and was written by Richard Townshend Bickers. Mr. Bickers has published over 50 books on World War II aircraft and air operations.

I received an ARC of this novel through in return for a fair and honest review. I categorize this novel as ‘PG’ because it contains scenes of Violence. The story is told of how the Hawker Typhoon was developed and several short tales of how the aircraft was used throughout World War II.

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Maurice A. Rhodes
This an exhausting tale of the Typhoon aircraft, its pilots and its role, particularly after D-Day with their daylight sweeps after tanks vehicles and troop concentrations. One aspect not usually known outside the RAF and RCAF is the concept of "cab rank" with a ground controller calling down attacks on specific targets. In cab rank, several aircraft loitered for a set period waiting to be called and assigned targets. If there was no business after a certain time they were free to go looking for ...more
Sep 14, 2018 rated it liked it
If you want to learn more about the Hawker Typhoon, you'll get some development history, some operational history, some discussion of the Tempest, and some explanation how the Typhoon grew into it role as a ground attack aircraft. This volume is a bit on the thin side with some big appendices. Organization and clarity of the writing are not strong points, but it gets the job done as an aircraft history.
Mar 15, 2018 rated it really liked it
Quite a definitive book on the Hawker Typhoon.
Charles McClure
Jul 31, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition

Typhoons are a sad story of inadequate aircraft being accepted for a job to which they were assigned by default. Too bad they didn’t think it through the first time.
Berty Van Hensbergen

Could have excised the long lists from the text and placed in appendices. Not as good as the subject deserves.
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Richard Leslie Townshend Bickers has written more books about the RAF and its predecessor, the RFC, than any other author past or present - some under a pseudonym. Being multilingual, he does his own research in foreign archives and by interviews and correspondence. His short stories and newspaper articles were first published and broadcast while he was a serving RAF officer. By the time he left t ...more