Two Hawker Typhoon Mk.IBs of 197 Squadron, coded ‘OV-Z’ and ‘OV-C’, taking off, kicking up the dust.
On D-Day, 2 TAF fielded 18 Squadrons of Typhoon fighter-bombers. In the following weeks, they played a vital role in the battle for Normandy, establishing a well-earned reputation for fast and accurate close support. By this time, most Typhoons were carrying rockets rather than bombs. In theory, it was possible to re-role the Typhoons for the carriage of rockets or bombs quite easily, but in practice a number of Squadrons, including 197 Squadron, retained bombs as their principle air-to-ground weapon. In this case the Typhoons are carrying two 500lb bombs. These aircraft were referred to as ‘Bomphoons’.