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Squadrons No.56

Hawker Typhoon
The Canadian Squadrons


S u m m a r y :

Catalogue Number, Description and ISBN:

Squadrons No. 56
Hawker Typhoon
The Canadian Squadrons
by Phil H. Listeman
Illustrations by Chris Thomas

ISBN: 979-1096490-96-7

Contents & Media:

Soft-cover format, 48 pages.


Available online from www.raf-in-combat.com and selected retailers

Review Type:

First Look


Useful to both modellers and those interested in the history of aircraft and its early involvement in the war good set of well reproduced personal photos and very nice coloured profiles.


None noted.


This is an interesting and valuable volume for both the historian and modeller that adds another chapter to the literature on the Typhoon. Recommended.

Reviewed by Graham Carter



This is a 56-page case-bound A4 ‘bookazine’ with a glossy card cover and is the latest in this long series of editions covering specific squadrons using a variety of Allied fighters and light bombers during WWII. It contains 50 pages of information on semi-matte paper and 6 more that are either blank or advertise other volumes.



This volume covers the three Typhoon squadrons crewed by Canadians - numbers 438, 439 and 440, all based in England or in NW Europe in 1944 to early 1945.



Starting with a brief overview of the development of the typhoon from the Tornado, the main part of the volume is concerned with these three squadrons.



Each is treated with a variable coverage looking at their actions, bases, and personnel. Each is accompanied by tables of battle claims, and aircraft losses due to action or accidents, interspersed with useful photos of aircraft and personnel from private sources, all in B&W. Quality is a little variable depending upon the originals, but are interesting in that they often show casual scenes around the planes.



There follows an ‘In Memoriam’ table of details of the staggering number of pilots who lost their lives while flying Typhoons with these squadrons. There are also two personal profiles of pilots involved in action in these planes.



The volume then concludes with eight excellent colour profiles of representative aircraft from the squadrons by Chris Thomas, together with a  full page of plan views showing the varied use of iD black and white stripes used in the campaign over NW Europe following the invasion.

Thanks to Phil Listemann for the review sample.

Review Text Copyright 2022 by Graham Carter
This Page Created on 21 December, 2022
Last updated 21 December, 2022

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