This article appears in the ‘Spotlight’ feature of the December issue of the magazine and is devoted to the Hawker Tempest, a development of the Typhoon. Entering RAF service in the later stages of the war, it gained success against the V-1 flying bomb threat and gave excellent service as a ground attack fighter with 2 TAF. My article outlines the careers of three men who gave distinguished service flying the aircraft;
- New Zealander Harvey Sweetman DFC who had 11 ‘kills’ against the V-1.
- Wally ‘Smokey’ Schrader DFC & Bar highest scoring pilot in the latter weeks of the war.
- Frank Jensen DFC, AFC who commanded No. 8 Squadron in Aden in the late 1940s.