D-Day: The RCAF and Second Tactical Air Force

Several Second World War fighter aircraft rest on the tarmac with a man signalling to the pilot of one of the aircraft.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk IXs, painted with D-Day invasion stripes, of the RCAF’s No. 421 Squadron prepare to taxi out from their dispersal area at Bazenville, Normandy, for a routine dusk patrol. The squadron was part of 2nd Tactical Air Force during the Normandy invasion. PHOTO: Flight Lieutenant Bertrand John Henry Daventry, © Imperial War Museum, CL 782

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June 6, 2019, marks the 75th anniversary of D-Day—the Allied invasion of Normandy.
The successful invasion marked the turning point in the Second World War.

The Royal Air Force’s 2nd Tactical Air Force (2TAF) was created to provide direct air support to the invasion forces.

Originally formed on June 1, 1943, it was modelled after the Desert Air Force and the Anglo-American North African Tactical Air Force. Primarily envisaged as a fighter and fighter-bomber organization, hard lessons-learned during the African campaigns result in 2TAF’s having a light and medium bomber component as well. Read the rest of the article . . .

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