John Beavin, Auckland New Zealand, was with 80 sqdn at Gutersloh as an engine mech. 33 squadron was next door with their Tempest Mk. IIs. John says: "We called them flying tractors as those engines did not tick over like our Griffons".

The photo below of a Tempest Mk. II (5R-U, PR786) was taken by John.




John Beavin 

Latest updates:

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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