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Hawker Typhoon (Paperback)

The RAF's Ground-Breaking Fighter-Bomber

Aviation > Royal Air Force P&S History > By Century > 20th Century

By Tony Buttler
Imprint: Key Publishing
Series: Historic Military Aircraft
Pages: 128
Illustrations: 180
ISBN: 9781913870904
Published: 2nd September 2022

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Although first designed as a fighter, during the fighting in and over Europe during 1944 and 1945 the Hawker Typhoon gained a tremendous reputation and true fame as a ground-attack aircraft and tank-buster. This was a remarkable achievement because, during its development and early career, the Typhoon had experienced severe problems with its Napier Sabre engine and catastrophic failures of its airframe.

The Typhoon’s offensive ground-attack work is well known, but that tends to overshadow the type’s successes operating from 1942 as a true fighter based in the UK. Nevertheless, during the final year of World War Two, following the D-Day landings in June 1944, the Typhoon performed a crucial role in the European theatre. After May 1945 it disappeared from RAF squadrons very quickly, so to leave such a record of success over such a short time is nothing short of outstanding! It was not a world-beater, but the Typhoon was perfect for the job that was required of it. Many books that document the Typhoon cover it in conjunction with its successor, the Hawker Tempest. However, this work, fully illustrated with over 180 photographs, gives this heavyweight machine a well-deserved volume of its own.

"This is a useful reference to the Typhoon, recommended to anyone interested in military aviation, and the RAF in particulars!"

IPMS Magazine - Issue 2: 2023

As featured in

Battle of Britain Historical Society newsletter - Scramble 1940, Spring/Summer 2023, Issue 167

I really enjoyed how the story of the Hawker Typhoon was told and perhaps the greatest tribute I can pay it is that I will be seeking out other titles in the series.

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Aeroscale

This is another excellent & detailed book in the series by Key Publishing. The 120+ pages are packed with information. Far more than this brief overview.

The many great photos are an excellent addition.

Books2Cover

The Gamer gets all the background info on the type they need- and a lot of good action history. The Modeler gets a great photo collection- both previously seen and new to me- mostly in black and white but enough real colour gems to really help set your palette. The Military Enthusiast gets a great little history of the type… It's a good little package on an Iconic WWII Ground Attack (Fighter-Bomber) aircraft- well worth a look.

Martin Koenigsberg, Good Reads

The hundreds of contemporary photographs, many of which have not been widely seen before would, in themselves, tell a significant part of the story of this famous, yet short-lived, aircraft but the author adds to these an equally informative narrative.

To significantly increase operating speed of the next generation fighter it would be necessary to simultaneously double power and create an entirely unique aircraft which, in little more than two or three years, could only be done under the urgencies of wartime. Such is the background to the Hawker Typhoon story which, allied to the wealth of illustrations, author Tony Buttler examines and relates the extraordinary demands on both engine and airframe.

It may come as something of a surprise to many readers to discover just how widely, albeit briefly, the Typhoon was used as a fighter before being superceded by the Tempest; only then for it to emerge as a fighter-bomber to which its lusty structure was better suited, and just when it was needed most.

‘Hawker Typhoon’ is the in-depth story of this pre-eminent fighter-bomber from all its development drawbacks to ultimately leading the way through invasion to European victory.

Philip Styles - The Shackleton Assc

About Tony Buttler

Tony Buttler was born in England. He joined High Duty Alloys in 1974 as a metallurgist and for nearly 20 years was involved in the testing of aluminum and titanium airframe and engine components for all of the world's major aircraft. It was during this period that his great interest in aviation began to blossom. After leaving HDA, Buttler earned his master’s degree in Archives and Library Studies at Loughborough University, and became a freelance aviation historian specializing in the design and development of military aircraft.

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