"Just thought you may be interested in the last pages of my fathers log book, Flt Lt Desmond Martin, when he was with 233 OTU. His log shows he ferried NV 778 to Aston Downes and also the last Tempest used by the RAF. His log book is showing how NV 778 was used and I have also enclosed the only photo I have.

I have his complete log books with 233 OTU and of his time with 98 squadron before and after D day if these can be of assistance to any ones research."


Roger Martin (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

Palmerston North

New Zealand













Hawker Tempest Mk.V/Target Tug NV711.





Roger Martin

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RC Tempests

17 Sept 2023
Stephan Frappier's 1/5-scale Hawker Tempest Mk. II, Vailly Aviation design.

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Latest story

13 Sept 2023
Gordon Mellis' article about the loss of F/O Marshall and NV709 on the outskirts of the village Birgham in 1945.


Latest photos

11 Sept 2023
Paul Germain shares his late father's photos. He was stationed at Gutersloh with No. 16 Squadron in approx' 1948.

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9 Sept 2023
Avionics update. The KF Aerospace team have been progressing well with avionics work over the past few weeks.

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29 June 2023
Another step closer to flight! Extensive engine running during the summer including taxing.

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