Fleet Air Arm Archive 1939-1945


 


 The Fleet Air Arm squadrons operating under RAF Tactical Air Force

Two great tactical air forces existed to support the ground forces in the
invasion of Europe (D-Day) in 1944 - the US AAF's Ninth Air Force and the RAF's Second Tactical Air Force. The RAF 2 TAF consisted of four RAF Groups: No. 2 Group, No. 83 Group, No. 84 Group, and No. 85 Group. Of these four, only the first three were really available for the air-land battle in Normandy; 85 Group was under the temporary operational control of No. 11 Group, attached to RAF Coastal Command. No. 2 Group consisted of four wings of Boston, Mitchell, and Mosquito light and medium bombers. No. 83 Group, exclusive of a reconnaissance wing and some light aircraft used for artillery spotting, contained one Mustang wing, four Spitfire wings, and four Typhoon wings. No. 84 Group, again exclusive of recce and spotting aircraft, consisted of one Mustang wing, five Spitfire wings, and three Typhoon wings. The Air Spotting Pool of the No 34 Recce Wing, and the Naval Wing, consisted of Fleet Air Arm squadrons which saw action in Normandy and subsequently from advanced bases in Belgium.

 

2nd Tactical Air Force


Composition of the 2nd TAF on D-Day 6 June 1944

                                                    Total op and non op        Op       Effective Strength
                Medium Bomber                88                              67           67
                Light Bomber                    160                            146          146
                Fighters                            1006                            856         831
 


Tactical Air Force

 

 

 

 

 

808
No 34 Recce Wing

Attached to No 34 Recce Wing of 2nd TAF
May-Aug 1944

Normandy invasion

819
No 142 GR Wing

St Croix, Belgium
Knocke-le-Zoute, Belgium (TAF), Maldeghem, Belgium (TAF)
Nov 1944-Feb 1945

Formed the No 142 GR Wing of the 2nd Tactical Air Force

885
No 34 Recce Wing

Part of Air spotting pool of No 34 Recce Wing of 2nd TAF, Lee on Solent 
May-Aug 1944

Support to Normandy invasion

886
No 34 Recce Wing

Part of Air Spotting Pool of No 34 Recce Wing of 2nd TAF, Lee on Solent 
May-July 1944

Support to Normandy invasion

887

Culmhead
April-May 1944

Seafire support to RAF typhoons in preparation for Normandy invasion

894

Culmhead
April-May 1944


Seafire support to RAF typhoons in preparation for Normandy invasion

897

3 Naval Wing TAF
Lee on Solent 
May-July 1944

Support to Normandy invasion


FURTHER INFORMATION

 

Assembling the Allied Tactical Air Forces

History of the TAF in preparation for D-Day 1944

Official website by the Royal Air Force

 

The RAF Commands

 

Second Tactical Air Force

Details all wings and squadrons involved including the TAF

RAF Order of Battle 6th June 1944 by British-forces.com

Order of Battle of all the squadrond taking part in D-Day

2nd Tactical Air Force and the Normandy Campaign

Detailed website about the TAF and the history of its campaign

Sturtivant, R. & Burrow, M (1995) 

 'Fleet Air Arm Aircraft 1939 to 1945'  Published by Air Britain (Historians) Ltd, 1995 ISBN: 0 85130 232 7 

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