j. February 1944. In this month 150-gallon belly tanks became available for the F-47s based in England, extending their range another 50 miles, and later in the month, two 108-gallon external tanks were fitted to the wings of the F-47s, adding still another 50 miles of range. P-38s received an addition of 60 gallons internally, extending their range of effective escort beyond Berlin; P-51s became available in somewhat greater numbers. The result of all this increase in Allied fighter capabilities was the dispatch, in the fourth week of February, of a series of missions against the German fighter aircraft factories as deep into Germany as Leipzig. During this phase of transition from evasion of the enemy to forcing the battle, the task forces of US bombers and fighters became bolder and more provocative. Actually, a month later, the Allied day bombers began to fly selected routes to force the GAF to fight. Enemy fighter loss rates, in planes and pilots, mounted rapidly, and replacement difficulties multiplied at a time when Allied air power was being increased and reinforced.
Number 2 Squadron arrived in Malaya at a time when the communist insurgency was more or less over but they still carried out a limited number of sorties including the first jet bomber combat sortie in the history of the RAAF in September 1958 when they attacked communist guerillas in Northern Malaya. Several strikes were also conducted against large communist camps in October 1958 with devastating effect. The squadron conducted their last combat sortie in Malaya on August 17th, 1959 when four Canberra’s attacked a communist target on the northern slopes of Bukit Tapah in Perak.
Starting in 1953, East Germany received An-2 , La-9 , Yak-11 , and Yak-18 aircraft and the MiG-15bis/UTI 、MiG-17F/PF、Lim-5P、An-14A、Il-14P、Mi-9、MiG-19PM/S、Il-28、Mi-4A、Ka-26 in 1956 which were provided by the Soviet Union . The first MiG-21s were delivered in 1962. The 1970s saw the introduction of the MiG-23 , while Su-22 fighter-bombers were delivered in the 1980s. The latest addition was the MiG-29 in 1988. The inventory also included Soviet-built helicopters along with trainers and other light aircraft manufactured in Czechoslovakia .