Dieppe: The Greatest Air Battle, 19th August 1942

Dieppe: The Greatest Air Battle, 19th August 1942

Norman Franks


while Canadian troops and British Commandos made their now recognized ‘reconnaissance in force’ opposed to the harbor city of Dieppe on nineteenth August 1942, they have been supported and guarded by means of the biggest array of Royal Air strength plane ever visible in WWII till that point. Air Marshal Trafford Leigh-Mallory, AOC of Fighter Command’s No.11 workforce, was once given command of the air operation and had forty six Spitfire, eight storm, three hurricane and four Mustang Squadrons below his path, in addition to 7 Boston and Blenheim squadrons of two workforce and Fighter Command. On nineteenth August Leigh-Mallory commanded extra squadrons than have been to be had to Air leader Marshal Hugh Dowding at anybody time throughout the conflict of england years previously.
This publication presents a close, minute via minute, hour via hour, blow through blow account of operations on an afternoon which has develop into authorized because the one on which the Royal Air strength fought its maximum air conflict. The RAF flew approximately 3,000 sorties: the Luftwaffe 945, Air strive against, floor assaults, bombing and smoke laying missions fee the RAF over a hundred plane and the Luftwaffe approximately 50. All this occurred in exactly sixteen hours.
In addition to the in-depth examine into the RAF’s actions in this August day sixty eight years in the past, there also are many own money owed from pilots who took half including colour to the tale of this designated conflict within the background of the Royal Air strength. Norman Franks is an entire time writer and air historian, with a number of books on WWI and WWII released via Grub road.

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