It is August 1944, barely two months since the allies landed their first
troops on the beaches of Normandy. Already the all-conquering German Panzer
Divisions are in full retreat, and it is critical to halt them before
they can regroup. Caught in the Gap at Falaise, the battle was to be decisive.
Flying from dusty airstrips throughout a continuous onslaught, rocket-firing
Typhoons kept up their attacks on the trapped armoured divisions from
dawn to dusk. The effect was devastating: at the end of the ten-day battle
the 100,000 strong German force was decimated.
Nicolas Trudgian vividly captures this historic air-to-ground battle in
dramatic fashion worthy of the great victory scored by the Typhoon pilots.
An armoured Division, seeking the protection of a high banked country
lane and farm buildings, is jammed nose-to-tail as Typhoons of 198 Squadron,
Royal Air Force, deliver their deadly rocket and cannon fire. The tank
column has been brought to a standstill, their reign of terror now almost
at its end.
After an auspicious start the Hawker Typhoon found its forte in the ground
attack role, ultimately becoming the most deadly air-to-ground attack
aircraft of the war. Able to outrun the Me109 and the Fw190, the Typhoon
was highly manoeuvrable at low level and robust enough to take the considerable
flak damage that this kind of aerial combat always attracted.
Overall print size: 33¼ inches wide x 23½ inches high
by the artist Nicolas Trudgian and five Typhoon pilots who flew in the
Battle of Normandy: Flight Lieutenant Roy Cane, Flight Lieutenant John
Golley, Flight Lieutenant Ron Grant, Flight Lieutenant Derek Lovell, Squadron
Leader H G ‘Pat’ Pattison DFC.