ARMY CO-OP MUSTANGS
When the new North American Mustang, in its early Allison-engined variants, was chosen to supply the RAF’s army co-operation squadrons in January 1942, it created a combination that proved pivotal when the day finally came to send Allied forces back to France. In the lead-up to D-Day, RAF army co-operation Mustangs would provide vital photographic reconnaissance of the Normandy coast, and as operations began, highly specialised artillery spotting and tactical reconnaissance flights
It was a small, but hardened, group of RAF, Royal Canadian Air Force and US Army Air Forces Mustang squadrons that geared up for the long-awaited invasion of ‘Fortress Europe’. In the event, their handful of ageing aircraft provided much of the information that Allied commanders needed to secure the beach-head and push inland.