FLYPAST – HAWKERS FINEST – MEN BEHIND THE TEMPEST

tempest-3This 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.

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