Wellingborough, 1st ed., 1986. 216 pp., various photo-plates, a couple still unopened at bottom, + maps. D.j., 22 x 14cm. FINE. Written by a former attack pilot who flew 73 missions with 245 Squadron over Northern France in 1944-45, this account of rocket Typhoon operations over Normandy in the weeks straight after the D-Day Invasion of Europe has all the immediacy of a first hand record. For a while 245 Squadron earned a reputation as a jinxed unit, loosing several commanding officers in succession and, indeed, the casualty rate was high. The author describes the thoughts and the necessary machismo adopted by the young ground-attack pilots in their quest to do their job and yet pull through. Many did not. This book is valuable too for its accurate representation of a fighting machine that took brute strength to fly to its limits and whose hour of glory would become known as ‘the Day of the Typhoon’.