Hawker Tempest V of 486 Squadron at Newchurch April 1944. Pilot and a ground crew engineer make last minute checks before an early morning sortie in the early days of the newly introduced Tempest. Designed by Sydney Camm the Hawker Tempest V was a direct descendent of the Hawker Typhoon, an aircraft that had proved highly potent as a fighter bomber despite a number of design limitations. The Tempest built on the positive aspects of the Typhoon whilst at the same time eliminating many of its problems and improving overall performance. The first Tempest wing was commanded by Roland Beamont and consisted of Nos 3 and 486 Squadrons based at Newchurch in April 1944 and then subsequently joined by No 56 Squadron in July. As part of the 2nd TAF the Tempest was to prove a vital part of the Allied advance through Europe.
Original Oil Painting: canvas on board with Certificate of Authenticity, framed and ready to hang.
image 15 x 10 inches, overall framed size 21.5 x 16 inches
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