This pictorial guide focuses on the British and Commonwealth aircraft that served with 2nd Tactical Air Force and Air Defence of Great Britain, the main British contribution to the aerial battle over Normandy in 1944. The book also covers a small number of Bomber Command aircraft, gliders and glider tugs and includes a supplement looking at the aircraft of Luftflotte 3.
The book starts with an introduction that traces the development of British aircraft markings and in particular the distinctive invasion stripes used to make it easier to identify Allied aircraft over the beaches.
Most of the book is taken up by the pictorial guide itself. This is organised by aircraft type and then by squadron. The basic format has four side views on the left-hand page, two side view, one top and one bottom views on the right hand page. Each illustration is accompanied by explanatory text. The illustrations are based on wartime photographs.
This book will be of great value to the modeller, providing clear detailed examples of the appearance of specific aircraft, and enough information to help reconstruct the appearance of other aircraft.
2TAF, ADGB, Coastal, Transport and Bomber Command Aircraft
Spitfire Day Fighters
Typhoon Mk Ib RP and bomb-carrying fighter-bombers
Tactical Reconnaissance Mustangs
Day Fighter Mustang Mk IIIs
ADGB Tempest Mk Vs
2 TAF Medium Bombers (Mitchell and Boston)
Mosquito Day Fighters, Fighter-Bombers and Night Fighters
Coastal Command Strike aircraft
Glider Tugs and Gliders
Dedicated Photo Reconnaissance Aircraft
Bomber Command Lancasters
Luftwaffe aircraft of Luftflotte 3 based in France, Belgium and the Netherlands
Author: Neil Robinson & Jon Freeman
Publisher: Airfile Publications