RAF Museum Trenchard Lecture in Air Power Studies – Tactical Air Power Development in Britain, 1940-1943

The Second World War Military Operations Research Group


Group member, Dr Matthew Powell will examine the development of tactical air power in Britain during the early years of the Second World War.


The history of tactical air power development in Britain during the Second World War has largely neglected the work done by Army Co-operation Command. The Command was influential in developing the theoretical air support system that would be used to such effect in the Western Desert, North Africa, and Europe. The Command was responsible for the codification into doctrine of experiments conducted in the wake of the Battle of France, 1940. They also worked closely with the army’s School of Artillery to develop the Air Observation Post Squadron, which would be used to great effect in several different theatres of the Second World War. This history of Army Co-operation Command also demonstrates the Royal Air Force’s (RAF) attitude to the development of tactical air…

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