Hawker Tempest Mk.V NV981


nv981-1 In April 2004 Hawker Tempest Mk. V NV981 was dug up by a team in the Netherlands. These photos were taken by Piet Witjens when the parts were on display during an Air show at Volkel military airport in 2004. On March 25 1945 NV981 was flown by Flying Officer William Kalka (of 486 Sqn.). The a/c was hit by flak and the ailerons were jammed. Kalka bailed out but fell into the River Maas, 3 miles from Grave. Kalka was drowned, despite heroic efforts of a young Dutch girl, Miss Riet Jansen of Nijmegan, to save him. It's possible to read her story here.

The text on the sign says: "Model of Tempest V is  made of the material that is retrieved from the airplane".



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Piet Wintjens
Piet Wintjens
The Hawker Typhoon and Tempest Story by Chris Thomas