RUSI JournalVolume 162Issue 4members only

The Rise of the Fighter-Bomber in the Western Desert


The fighter-bomber became an important part of the RAF's campaign in North Africa during the Second World War.

The fighter-bomber rose from obscurity in January 1941 to become the major component of the RAF’s Desert Air Force strike power by late 1942. This was a major shift in the way the RAF employed its aircraft. The tactical and technical factors that led to this change are crucial not only to understanding the course of the Second World War, but also to the history of airpower itself. In this article, Justin Bronk discusses how the fighter-bomber became the most important and

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Justin Bronk

Research Fellow, Airpower & Technology

Military Sciences

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