The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942-1945

The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942-1945

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Compared to the RAF's Fighter and Bomber Commands, the Desert Air Force (DAF) is far less well known, yet its achievements were spectacular.??DAF led the way in North Africa and Italy in pioneering new tactics in close Army-Air Force co-operation on the battlefield, DAF and Allied air forces gave Allied armies in North Africa and Italy a decisive cutting edge.??While the Axis forces used the many rivers and mountains of Tunisia and Italy to slow the Allies' advance, DAF was there to provide that extra mobile firepower _ the artillery from the sky. They were the first multi-national air force, and the first to introduce air controllers in the front lines of the battlefield.??With first-hand accounts by veteran airmen form Britain, Australia, Canada, New Zealand, South Africa and the USA, this book reveals the decisive victories with which DAF won the war over North Africa, the Mediterranean and Italy in 1942-45.It was within only twenty miles of DAF fighter airfields.4 It was too late for squadrons to take off and reach more easterly landing ... north-east of the British lines, and during the night Field Marshal Rommel went forward to the HQ of the 90th Light Division of Afrika Korps. ... For four days the Bostons maintained a a#39; shuttle servicea#39; of an eighteenbomber raid every hour, nicknamed the a#39;the Boston Tea Partya#39;.

Title:The Decisive Campaigns of the Desert Air Force 1942-1945
Author: Bryn Evans
Publisher:Pen and Sword - 2014-04-30

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