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Help needed with Typhoon squadrons and their weapon loadouts in 1944


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I would like to compile a list of Typhoon squadrons that shows whether they were a rocket-equipped squadron ("Rockphoons") or a bomb-equipped squadron ("Bombphoons"), based on what missions they were flying in 1944-45. Any help in compiling such a list would be greatly appreciated. Thank you!

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The following info is from vol 4 of the 2nd TAF by Shores and Thomas and so only covers the sqns in that TAF of course.
I didn't include 486sqn as I guess their conversion away from the Tiffy in early '44 is a bit too early for your needs?
These are just photos taken on my phone so some had to be cobbled together if the text was spread across two pages.

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For rocket squadrons, the RP-3 with the 60lb warhead was standard. For bombers, the loads varied between 500lb and 1000lb bombs, and some cluster munitions.

Some Weapon loadout info here:

 

and here:

 

 

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Another good source:

https://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol15/iss2/8/

 

This could be useful for making correct behaviours for Typhoons (for instance, joint attacks by rocket armed flak suppression Typhoons to protect bomb equipped Typhoons as they approach their targets). This use of dive attacks with rockets against flak batteries in order to distract from the low level bombing force is interesting. It also explains why steep dives are preferred against better defended targets (it would allow firing and recovery at a longer range... thus reducing the likelihood of antiaircraft fire hitting).

 

In addition it has information on a couple of rather unusual targets... might make good single missions or additions to a campaign.

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On 3/4/2020 at 12:07 PM, Avimimus said:

Another good source:

https://scholars.wlu.ca/cmh/vol15/iss2/8/

 

This could be useful for making correct behaviours for Typhoons (for instance, joint attacks by rocket armed flak suppression Typhoons to protect bomb equipped Typhoons as they approach their targets). This use of dive attacks with rockets against flak batteries in order to distract from the low level bombing force is interesting. It also explains why steep dives are preferred against better defended targets (it would allow firing and recovery at a longer range... thus reducing the likelihood of antiaircraft fire hitting).

 

In addition it has information on a couple of rather unusual targets... might make good single missions or additions to a campaign.

They also attacked at steep angle due to rocket drop after release from the a/c.

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I recommend two books:

 

Typhoon Wings of the 2nd TAF 1943-45 by Chris Thomas - Osprey Combat Aircraft series number 86 - ISBN 978 - 1 - 84603 - 973 - 7

 

Typhoon Attack by Norman Franks - Stackpole Military History Series - ISBN 978 - 0 - 8117 - 0643 - 8

 

And of course the 2TAF book that the earlier screenshots were taken from.

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