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 offer - Fw 190D-9s, Ta 152s, Me 262s and Bf 109G/Ks - achieving 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 2 through to their post-war role and the eventual decline of this iconic British fighter.
This will be Chris Thomas' third book for Osprey (the first being the highly successful ACE 27 Typhoon and Tempest Aces, followed by COM 86 - Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF). He is the Air-Britain specialist on the Hawker Typhoon. Chris Thomas has had profile illustrations published in Air Enthusiast, Aeroplane Monthly, Flypast and Le Fana de l'Aviation, as well as illustrating recent Osprey titles COM 86 and ACE 122. Producing the artwork for this volume will enable him to utilise his specialist knowledge of the markings and detailed appearance of the subject aircraft. Mark Postlethwaite first worked as a photographer before turning his attention solely to artwork, and is now highly regarded in his field for the quality and accuracy of his work. He became the youngest elected member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1991. Mark is a valued Osprey artist and has contributed to more than 80 of its books.
Into Service /Tempest versus the 'Flak Target Apparatus' /Tempest Joins 'Second TAF' /To India /Cold War Fighter-Bomber /Tempest VI - Middle East Fighter-Bomber /Firedog and Farewell /Appendices /Colour Plates Commentary /Index