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Operation Blackcock (January 1945)

Discussion in 'Western Europe' started by JJWilson, Oct 3, 2017.

  1. JJWilson

    JJWilson Well-Known Member

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    Just yesterday I was reading Typhoon/ Tempest Aces of World War 2 by Chris Thomas. I'm re-reading the book and trying to learn a little bit more about the Typhoon and Tempest's in combat. I came upon an account by Sqn Ldr L W F Stark, about a CAS (Close Air Support) mission over Montfort Holland during Operation Blackcock. I Had never previously heard of the operation, and I've been looking through lots of my WW2 books, and online to try and find more. I know the basics. The British and Canadians were trying to force the Germans out of the Roer Triangle, and had multiple towns to take. The Operation lasted I believe from the 14th of January to the 27th of January 1945. about 1100 British and Canadians were killed, with about 2000 German casualties. The Operation was a success for the Allies. I also read something of a bombing incident where a hundred or so civilians were tragically killed by stray bombs. I was hoping someone could direct me to a place where I could learn more about this Operation, any help would be really appreciated.
    -Wilson
    Sorry about posting this twice guys, I'm not sure what happened.
     
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    Early Tempest/Typhoon...not difficult to see that Hawker designed this.
    That's a meaty hurricane!
     
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    The Typhoon was a beautiful airplane, I would love too see one fly. The Typhoon and Tempest were the stepping stones for a warbird favorite of mine......the Hawker Sea Fury. The Early Typhoon models like this one had a tendency to have the tail snap off on hard turns, and the Engine had a tendency to quit quite a bit. The typhoon is up there in the forgotten war birds shelf (It's a big shelf).
     
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    Im not sure it was forgotten so much...it had a long development period...failed as a fighter, and came in at the end of the war...overshadowed a better description?
    Now, the Sea Fury is a forgotten aircraft, didn't see action during WW2...Australia loved the Sea Fury...we flew them off our carriers.
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    The Sea Fury is a magnificent plane, I've seen them fly countless times, and even see them race every year at Reno. The Aussie military sure knows how to paint up their aircraft well. I've seen #308 race at Reno!
     
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    oh you can stay!
     
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    Sounds good to me! :D
     

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