Fighter Aircraft Index
This section includes fighter-bombers such as the Typhoon and Tempest and smaller reconnaissance aircraft such as the Mustang. Operation OVERLORD saw many important developments in tactical air operations, the most significant being the introduction of fighter controllers on the ground who directed waiting aircraft such as rocket-equipped Typhoons to attack enemy targets. Today, forward air control is an integral part of close air support operations for many of the world's air forces, not just the RAF.
Mustang : Fighter/reconnaissance
Spitfire : Fighter, fighter/bomber
Tempest : Fighter, fighter/bomber
Typhoon : Fighter, fighter/bomber
Some aircraft information is reproduced from a pocket booklet called 'The Recognition of Operational Aircraft' by Captain GB Ransford and published in late 1943/early 1944 (price 3 shillings and sixpence).