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RAF in North Africa in the Second World War. Courtesy of Imperial War Museum

The Rise of the Fighter-Bomber in the Western Desert

Justin Bronk
RUSI Journal, 11 September 2017
Aerospace, Military Sciences, History, Middle East and North Africa
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 practical component in the arsenal of a modern air force in terms of capability to project power on the battlefield.

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Justin Bronk
Research Fellow, Airpower and Technology

Justin Bronk is a Research Fellow specialising in combat airpower and technology in the Military Sciences team at RUSI. He is also... read more

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