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The Secret Horsepower Race: Western Front Fighter Engine

by Calum E. Douglas


"The piston engines that powered Second World War fighters, the men who designed them, and the secret intelligence work carried out by both Britain and Germany would determine the outcome of the first global air war.

Advanced jet engines may have been in development but every militarily significant air battle was fought by piston-engined fighters. Whoever designed the most powerful piston engines would win air superiority and with it the ability to dictate the course of the war as a whole. This is the never-before-told story of a high-tech race, hidden behind the closed doors of design offices and intelligence agencies, to create the war’s best fighter engine.

Using the fruits of extensive research in archives around the world together with the previously unpublished memoirs of fighter engine designers, author Calum E. Douglas tells the story of a desperate contest between the world’s best engineers – the Secret Horsepower Race."


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Pierre CLOSTERMANN Journal de sa vie opérationnelle Janvier 1943 - Août 1945

by Georges-Eric Coisne


Possible to order from Amazon.fr


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Tempest V - An illustrated history of the Temporary Tempest

by Christopher Thomas

A pictorial book that covers Tempest Mk.V service.

NOTE: A book included with Eduard's Royal Class edition kit of Tempest Mk.V in 1/48 scale. Not sold separately.

Publisher: Eduard

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Sydney Camm: Hurricane and Harrier Designer

by John Sweetman


"This Man Saved Britain’ ran a headline in the News Chronicle on 18 February 1941, in a reference to the role of Sydney Camm, designer of the Hawker Hurricane, during the Battle of Britain. Similarly, the Minister of Economic Warfare, Lord Selborne, advised Winston Churchill that to Camm ‘England owed a great deal.

Twenty-five years later, following his death in 1966, obituaries in the Sunday Express and Sunday Times, among other tributes, referred to ‘Hurricane Designer’ or ‘Hurricane Maker’, implying that this machine represented the pinnacle of Camm’s professional achievement. Sir Thomas Sopwith, the respected aircraft designer and Hawker aircraft company founder, believed that Camm deserved much wider recognition, being ‘undoubtedly the greatest designer of fighter aircraft the world has ever known.

Born in 1893, the eldest of twelve children, Camm was raised in a small, terraced house. Despite lacking the advantages of a financially-secure upbringing and formal technical education after leaving school at 14, Camm would go on to become one of the most important people in the story of Britain’s aviation history.

Sydney Camm’s work on the Hurricane was far from the only pinnacle in his remarkable career in aircraft design and engineering – a career that stretched from the biplanes of the 1920s to the jet fighters of the Cold War. Indeed, over fifty years after his death, the revolutionary Hawker Siddeley Harrier in which Camm played such a prominent figure, following ‘a stellar performance in the Falkland Island crisis’, still remains in service with the American armed forces.

It is perhaps unsurprising therefore, as the author reveals in this detailed biography, that Camm would be knighted in his own country, receive formal honours in France and the United States, and be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in San Diego."


Publisher: Pen and Sword Books

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Tempest V vs Fw 190D-9: 1944–45 (Duel) 

by Robert Forsyth


"Arguably two of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Tempest V and Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II. The long-nosed 'Dora 9', designed by Kurt Tank, first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in the late summer of 1944. Fast, and with an exceptional rate of climb, it quickly bettered almost every fighter that the RAF, USAAF and Soviet Red Air Force could field. 
The Hawker Tempest V entered service in early 1944, initially proving itself a stalwart performer when it was deployed to intercept V1 flying bombs over southern England. From the autumn of 1944, the Tempest V also equipped squadrons of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, operating in support of the Allied armies advancing across north-west Europe. It became a potent ground-attack aircraft, armed with underwing rockets, but also a first-class interceptor when pitted against the Luftwaffe's advanced Fw 190D-9 and Me 262.
Featuring full colour artwork, this book describes in fascinating detail combats between the Tempest Vs of No 274 Sqn and the Fw 190D-9s of I. and III./JG 26 between February and April 1945."


Publisher: Osprey Publishing

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Airframe & Miniature No.4: The Hawker Tempest

by Richard A. Franks


Updated and expanded - now 160 pages!

In addition to the original content it contains:
  • Extra Eduard 1/48th Mk V Series I & Special Hobby 1/32nd Mk V kit builds by Steve A. Evans. These have been specially commissioned for the book
  • New kit reviews
  • A new stencil diagram
  • An extra 16 pages of content in total
  • Specially commissioned new front cover artwork by Jerry Boucher


The Hawker Tempest first edition content:

  • 40+ pages of technical information
  • 30+ 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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Hawker Typhoon and Tempest: A Formidable Pair

by Philip Birtles


"With technology of the Hurricane being at the end of the biplane combat era, there was an urgent requirement for a modern fighter with a capability ahead of anticipated fighter development for the Luftwaffe. 

Led by Sydney Camm, the Hawker design team created the all-metal stressed skin structure and the Typhoon was powered by the revolutionary Napier Sabre engine. Whereas the Hurricane had been developed in peacetime, the Typhoon was designed during the war, when the urgency of the programme caused the development of both the airframe and engine to be accelerated, resulting in teething troubles not being fully solved when the aircraft entered service with the RAF. 

The much-improved Tempest used the same engine and basic fuselage with thinner lamina flow wings, giving improved performance at high altitude and allowing the destruction of V-1s. Both aircraft made a significant impact on the victory by the Allies during the Second World War, although their low-level ground attack missions were extremely hazardous and resulted in high losses."


Publisher: Fonthill Media

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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


Tempest Magazines 


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RC Scale International - 2nd issue


Hawker Tempest Mk. V - A stunning warbird! by Davide Furini


Publisher: RC Scale International

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SECOND TO NONE - Anniversary Edition 2021


Remembering PAF's first fighter "Tempest II" by Franciszek Grabowski


Publisher: Second to None

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FlyPast March 2021


INSIDE STORIES: Pierre Clostermann

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FlyPast February 2020


Restoration in focus – Hawker Tempest (MW763)

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Aeroplane February 2020

Tempest for Cosford


"The RAF Museum’s Hawker Tempest II, PR536, was being dismantled at Hendon in mid-December prior to a transfer to the RAF Museum Cosford. The former Indian Air Force fighter — which went on display at Hendon in November 1991 following restoration by The Fighter Collection at Duxford — is expected to move north by the end of January."

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The true record of Clostermann, the Hero of the "Great Circus". 


With the use of all available archives, including Clostermann's own log books, the author of the "The Big Show" is described on 41 pages with a lot of details, 110 photos (for the most part never published) and 13 original color profiles by illustrator Thierry Dekker.


 Tempest DVDs



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