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 offerFw 190D-9s, Ta 152s, Me 262s, and Bf 109G/Ksachieving 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 II through to their post-war role, and the eventual decline of this iconic British fighter.
About the Author
This is Chris Thomas' third book for Osprey, following ACE 27: Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War IIand COM 86: Typhoon Wings of TAF 1943-45. He co-authored Typhoon and Tempest Story (1988) and four volumes of 2nd Tactical Air Force (2004-09). He is the Air-Britain specialist on the Hawker Typhoon and wroteThe Typhoon File and Warpaint No 5 Typhoon. Chris has published illustrations in Air Enthusiast, Aeroplane Monthly, and Le Fana de l'Aviation. He illustrated the 2nd Tactical Air Force series, and ACE 122: Spitfire Aces of Northwest Europe 1944-45.
Table of Contents
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