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Tempest Squadrons of the RAF - COMBAT AIRCRAFT 117

by Chris Thomas

 

Hawker's charismatic Tempest V entered RAF service just in time to be the most successful counter to the V1 flying bomb assault on southern England in the summer of 1944. With more than 800 of the robot missiles to its credit, Tempest V units then crossed the Channel to lock horns with the best the Luftwaffe had to offer - Fw 190D-9s, Ta 152s, Me 262s and Bf 109G/Ks - achieving an impressive kill/loss ratio in aerial combat.
With incredibly detailed aircraft profiles and exciting combat reports this title covers the full history of Tempest squadrons, from their initial design and combat experience in World War 2 through to their post-war role and the eventual decline of this iconic British fighter.
 

Chapter 1 Development and entry into RAF service
Chapter 2 Battle against the V1 flying bomb
Chapter 3 Service with the 2nd TAF 1944-45
Chapter 4 BAFO and Cold War
Chapter 5 Confrontation in the Middle East
Chapter 6 Service in the Far East (India and Malaya)
Appendices: Listing all font line units equipped with the Tempest, along with their bases and commanding officers, Plate Commentaries

 

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

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V1 Flying Bomb Aces - AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 113

by Andrew Thomas

Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called ‘revenge weapons', the V1 flying bomb. Launched from specially constructed sites in northern France, the fast, small, pulse-jet powered pilotless aircraft were aimed at London with the sole intent of destroying civilian morale to the point where the British government would be forced to sue for peace. This dangerous new threat drew an immediate response, and the Air Defence of Great Britain (as Fighter Command had been temporarily renamed) established layers of defence that included a gun line and balloon barrage. The main element, however, were standing patrols by the fastest piston-engined fighters available to the RAF - the new Tempest V and Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV. Other types were allocated too, most notably the Polish Mustang wing, while night defence was left in the capable hands of several dedicated Mosquito squadrons. Although pilotless, the V1 was no easy foe thanks to its speed, powerful warhead and sheer unpredictability. Nevertheless, 154 pilots became V1 aces, 25 of whom were also aces against manned aircraft.

 

Publisher: Osprey Publishing

 

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Airframe Extra No 1 - ‘D-Day To VE Day’

Covers the last eleven months of the air battle over Europe from  June 1944 to May 1945
Historical narrative by Richard A. Franks
Selection of period images
15 pages of full colour profiles by Richard J. Caruana
50+ pages of specially commissioned  kit builds:
          - Hasegawa 1/32nd P-47D by Dani Zamarbide
          - Academy 1/48th F-5E Lightning, Hasegawa 1/48th Bf 109G-10
             and Hobbyboss 1/48th Me 262B-1a/U1 by Steve Evans
          - Airfix 1/72nd Spitfire PR MK XIX and C-47 Skytrain  by Libor Jekl

 

Publisher: Wings Publishing

 

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Airframe & Miniature No.4: The Hawker Tempest
by Richard A. Franks

128 pages packed with vital information that no active aviation modeller should be without

40+ pages of technical information

20+ pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams

5+ pages of camouflage and markings

25+ pages of model builds and modelling information

200+ photographs including wartime images

Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana

3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz

Extensive 1/48 and 1/72 scale kit builds

A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans

Publisher: Wings Publishing

 

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TEMPEST Hawker's Outstanding Piston-Engined Fighter

by Tony Buttler

120 pages

144 b/w photos, 19 pages of colour artworks

Softback

ISBN: 978-1-905414-15-4

Publisher: Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing

 

 

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LEADING FROM THE COCKPIT: A fighter pilot's story

by Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar

This is the remarkable story of fighters and flying as seen through the eyes of a ‘pure pilot’. The book takes the reader through a memorable journey as we retrace the flights of Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar PVSM, MVC (retd), from the time he joined the fledgling Indian Air Force in 1940 till he retired 38 years later as the Chief of Air Staff. The narrative makes for riveting reading.

During World War II, there are first hand accounts from the young officer of what took place in the Burma campaigns. Later, as a Wing Commander in charge of No. I Operational Wing during the Kashmir Operations in 1948, his experiences are again embellished with extracts from his flying log book. His outstanding performance in this theatre earned for him the Maha Vir Chakara but what comes through at all times is his indomitable spirit of ‘Leading from the Cockpit’.

In fact the history of the India Air Force unfolds as he gains in rank and responsibility even as the IAF evaluates and acquires new aircraft and establishes new air bases. Considered “Exceptional” in his flying proficiency, Arvind Moolgavkar flew an incredible 66 different types of aircraft (as Spitfires, Tempests, Hurricanes, Canberras, Swifts and more) and was most at home in the cockpit. As Chief of Air Staff, he ensured that the accident rate came down to acceptable standards and implemented major reforms in the personal policies which has had major impact on the Service which can be seen today, may decades later.

Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar turned 90 years of age on 14th August, 2010 when this book was completed.

224 pages

ISBN: 81-901915-7-8
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Tempest Magazines 

 

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FlyPast December 2016

 

Spotlight: Hawker Tempest


Spotlight shines on the Hawker Tempest. A development of the Typhoon, it was intended to address the older machine’s drop in performance at high altitude. The Tempest ended up being one of the fastest propellerdriven aircraft of the war, and became a preferred tool for countering the V-1 bomb threat. With exclusive features and brand new artwork, we re¬flect on one of the RAF’s ultimate wartime   fighters.

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FlyPast June 2015

From The Workshop

Kermit Weeks speaks to Darren Harbar about progress on his long-term Hawker Tempest restoration.

 

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FlyPast May 2015

Tempest - Behind the scenes

A peek behind the scenes at a Hawker Tempest project at North Weald.

 

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Flying Scale Models December 2014

Tempest arisen

 

Andy and Colin Wynn's 1/5-scale Tempest Mk. V, marked as JF-K (JN765), in detail. The Tempest is a Vailly Aviation Design.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Aeroplane September 2014

Doodlebugs over London
V-1 Attacks 70 Years On

 

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Model Airplane International March 2014

Daniel Zamarbide Suárez builds the PCM 1:32
Tempest Mk V.

 

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Aeroplane March 2013

Hawker Tempest Database


Destined to become one of the most powerful Allied fighters of the Second World War, the Hawker Tempest began life as a thin-winged Centaurus and Griffon-powered design study. Martyn Chorlton relates the story of the mighty Tempest which would become one of the most respected combat aircraft in the European theatre 

 
 
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Flying Scale Models March 2012

 

Hawker Tempest M. II In Detail Special

 

 

  

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Tempest DVDs

 

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Allied Fighters

From Key Publishing Online Shop:
"Allied Fighters sweeps you into dogfights with Hurricanes and Spitfires against the Messerschmitts during the Battle of Britain. Join the battle with the Hellcats and Corsairs in the Far East and rejoin the fray with Lightnings, Mustangs, Thunderbolts, Typhoons and Tempests over Europe. Mosquitoes, Beaufighters and Black Widows also feature dramatically to show, as never before, the might of Allied fighter warplanes in action, which included the Russian Yaks, Petlyakovs and Ilyushins." 

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Tempest at War

From the backcover of the DVD:
"On its introduction into RAF service in April 1944, the Hawker Tempest proved to be a truly outstanding fighter/bomber. It was the fastest aircraft in RAF, highly manoeuvrable and packed a real punch.
Equipped with 4 x 20mm cannons, it also carried bombs and rockets, which made it as fierce a ground attack aircraft as a fighter.

From the backcover of the DVD:
"On its introduction into RAF service in April 1944, the Hawker Tempest proved to be a truly outstanding fighter/bomber. It was the fastest aircraft in RAF, highly manoeuvrable and packed a real punch.
Equipped with 4 x 20mm cannons, it also carried bombs and rockets, which made it as fierce a ground attack aircraft as a fighter.

Surviving Tempest pilots and ground crew provide a fascinating insight into what it was like to fly and fight in the Tempest, recalling dogfights with Fw190s and Me262s, shooting down and "wing tipping" V1 Flying Bombs, a highly dangerous occupation, and stalking the skies of a ravaged Nazi Germany looking for targets of opportunity on the ground below.
Expert commentary is provided by Kev Darling, author of many respected books on fighter aircraft."

Running time: 68 mins approx with 7 mins extras.
Colour & B/W
Format: PAL 4x3
Audio: Stereo
Possible to order from DD Home Entertainment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Tempest Audio CD:

 

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Fighter Command at War (1939-45)

This evocative 75 minute CD includes original broadcast recordings made between 1940 and 1945 by several well-known Royal Air Force fighter pilots, including Paddy Finucane, Sailor Malan, John Topham, Johnnie Johnson, and J.B. Nicolson - the latter being the winner of the only Victoria Cross awarded to Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Campaigns and operations covered include the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, nightfighters, North Africa, ground attack ops in Normandy, operations against V-1 and V-2 rockets, and bomber escort. Fighter types discussed (and heard) include the Spitfire, Hurricane, Tempest, Typhoon, Mustang and Beaufighter. The CD begins with a stirring rendition of the The Royal Air Force March, recorded by the Band of the RAF in 1941.

All materials are authentic wartime recordings which have been carefully digitally remastered for CD. The booklet includes archive images and detailed historical notes by James Hayward.

ISBN: 978-1-906310-12-7


 

From tracklist:

19. V-1 INTERCEPTION: TEMPESTS (6.48)
Recorded 20 June 1944. talks by Flight Lieutenant A.E. Umbers and Flight Sergeant M.J.A. Rose on methods and dangers of intercepting V-1 flying bombs. Both pilots flew Tempests with 3 Squadron, based at the Newchurch ALG near Dungeness. The piece also includes commentary by Ian Wilson, and actuality of a V-1 ('Diver') raid near Dover, with fighter interception. Shooting down V-1s was highly dangerous, since the 850 kg warhead tended to explode violently. Morris Rose was the first pilot credited with shooting down a V-1 in flight, with landed in an orchard on 16 June. His final tally was eleven V-1s (plus one shared), and two Bf 109s. Born in Dunedin in 1919, Arthur Umbers DFC and Bar destroyed 28 V-1s, but was killed in action on 14 February 1945. As a unit 3 Squadron destroyed 288 flying bombs. Blessed with high speed, excellent low-altitude performance and four Hispano 20mm cannon, the Tempest was one of the best Allied countermeasures against 400 mph V-1s.

22. V-1 NIGHTFIGHTER: TEMPEST (2.01)
Recorded 8 September 1944. Talk by Squadron Leader Joseph Berry, a Tempest pilot with a dedicated Fighter Interception Unit (FIU) flight operating from Newchurch ALG and later Manston. He describes patrolling at 5,000 feet, and engaging doodlebugs that pass through coastal the anti-aircraft belt. Born in 1920, Joe Berry previously flew Defiants, Beaufighters and Mosquitos, and in the Tempest destroyed some 60 V-1s. On 23 July 1944 he claimed seven in a single night. He was killed in action on 1 October 1944 during a Ranger sortie over Germany.

The Audio CD is possible to order from CD41 Recordings.