”Typhoons as a wing are an unwieldy and dangerous assemblage”. So say the records of one of the Hawker fighter’s first operational squadrons, whose efforts to operate in a wing grouping brought only limited success
On 22 August 1942, Marshal of the Royal Air Force Lord Trenchard visited RAF Duxford. During the Second World War he acted as something of an unofficial ‘inspectorgeneral’ for the air force, and on this occasion he wished to see how the Hawker Typhoon was faring in service. Trenchard asked Sgt André Blanco, one of the many Belgian pilots on No 609 Squadron, “whether he thinks the Typhoon has got over its teething troubles”. According to the unit record, Blanco “astonishes everyone by replying in the affirmative”.