Overnight thread…

I am reading, The Germans in Normandy, a Christmas gift. It concerns the German experience in Normandy oddly enough.

I knew the Allies had achieved air superiority but reading what that meant to those on the receiving end really hammers home just what a terrifying advantage we had gained, albeit at great cost.

The following is an interview with Typhoon pilot Albie Götze. The Typhoon was a tank killer, a very dangerous job done at low level. His squadron suffered a very high rate of loss in Normandy, 13 pilots killed, and he later mentions that his Wing lost 21 killed in Operation Market Garden. No wonder it was a volunteer position.

  • Brett_McS

    The experience of German soldiers against British tanks in the first World War made the Germans very keen to develop their own tanks.

    • They did a good job. Over engineered and difficult to manufacture though they were.

  • Minicapt
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  • AlanUK

    The Wiki article on the Typhoon was obviously written by an enthusiast – worth a read of you are into WW 2 aircraft:

  • Spatchcocked

    My friends mothers little brother was a newspaper boy in town here Vancouver one day then into RCAF and ended up flying Typhoons. Buried in France at I believe Le Puy? ( will confirm today)

    • An absurdly common transition from one life to another.

      So many young men died.

      I sometimes wonder what sort of world might have been had we avoided both World Wars.

      The lost potential is unimaginable.

  • Spatchcocked

    Not Le Puy his grave is up north….the family has visited it.

  • simus1

    The Typhoon was vastly over rated when it came to the actual killing of German tanks, especially while using rockets. What its pilots did do most of the time was keep the Germans on the ground in a state of constant semi panic and confusion but at huge cost in casualties to themselves. They fought through some of deadliest antiaircraft fields of fire ever conceived to destroy people doing exactly what they did. Their close in attacks were also huge morale boosters for allied soldiers fighting under terrible conditions trying to get some momentum rolling against the then slowly retreating Wehrmacht’s deadly tactics.

    • I have heard of a study which debunked the Typhoon mythology.