Aircraft of the WWII New Forest Airfields

This new page on the FONFA website honours the Pilots and Aircraft of the New Forest Airfields in WWII, through original video footage and interviews.

First up is the legendary Hawker Typhoon fighter bomber, dangerous both to its pilots and to the enemy, in equal measure, but feared by all German infantry more than any other Allied war machine, in the Battle of Normandy and beyond.

“The chief credit in smashing the enemy’s spearhead must go to the rocket-firing Typhoon planes of the Second Tactical Air Force. The result of this strafing was that the enemy attack was effectively brought to a halt, and a threat was turned into a great victory.” –– General Dwight D Eisenhower, reflecting on the role of airpower at the Battle of Mortain, where the German Army attempted to split the invasion front at Normandy – Supreme Allied Commander’s dispatch, 1945.

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