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Tempest Books


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Pierre CLOSTERMANN Journal de sa vie opérationnelle Janvier 1943 - Août 1945

by Georges-Eric Coisne

Released on 9 March 2020.

Possible to order from Amazon.fr


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Tempest V - An illustrated history of the Temporary Tempest

by Christopher Thomas

A pictorial book that covers Tempest Mk.V service.

NOTE: A book included with Eduard's Royal Class edition kit of Tempest Mk.V in 1/48 scale. Not sold separately.

Publisher: Eduard

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Sydney Camm: Hurricane and Harrier Designer

by John Sweetman


‘This Man Saved Britain’ ran a headline in the News Chronicle on 18 February 1941, in a reference to the role of Sydney Camm, designer of the Hawker Hurricane, during the Battle of Britain. Similarly, the Minister of Economic Warfare, Lord Selborne, advised Winston Churchill that to Camm ‘England owed a great deal’.

Twenty-five years later, following his death in 1966, obituaries in the Sunday Express and Sunday Times, among other tributes, referred to ‘Hurricane Designer’ or ‘Hurricane Maker’, implying that this machine represented the pinnacle of Camm’s professional achievement. Sir Thomas Sopwith, the respected aircraft designer and Hawker aircraft company founder, believed that Camm deserved much wider recognition, being ‘undoubtedly the greatest designer of fighter aircraft the world has ever known.’

Born in 1893, the eldest of twelve children, Camm was raised in a small, terraced house. Despite lacking the advantages of a financially-secure upbringing and formal technical education after leaving school at 14, Camm would go on to become one of the most important people in the story of Britain’s aviation history.

Sydney Camm’s work on the Hurricane was far from the only pinnacle in his remarkable career in aircraft design and engineering – a career that stretched from the biplanes of the 1920s to the jet fighters of the Cold War. Indeed, over fifty years after his death, the revolutionary Hawker Siddeley Harrier in which Camm played such a prominent figure, following ‘a stellar performance in the Falkland Island crisis’, still remains in service with the American armed forces.

It is perhaps unsurprising therefore, as the author reveals in this detailed biography, that Camm would be knighted in his own country, receive formal honours in France and the United States, and be inducted into the International Hall of Fame in San Diego.


Publisher: Pen and Sword Books

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Tempest V vs Fw 190D-9: 1944–45 (Duel) 

by Robert Forsyth


Arguably two of the finest piston-engined fighters ever built, the Tempest V and Fw 190D-9 raised the bar in terms of aircraft design and operational capability during World War II. The long-nosed 'Dora 9', designed by Kurt Tank, first appeared in the skies over the Western and Eastern Fronts in the late summer of 1944. Fast, and with an exceptional rate of climb, it quickly bettered almost every fighter that the RAF, USAAF and Soviet Red Air Force could field. 
The Hawker Tempest V entered service in early 1944, initially proving itself a stalwart performer when it was deployed to intercept V1 flying bombs over southern England. From the autumn of 1944, the Tempest V also equipped squadrons of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, operating in support of the Allied armies advancing across north-west Europe. It became a potent ground-attack aircraft, armed with underwing rockets, but also a first-class interceptor when pitted against the Luftwaffe's advanced Fw 190D-9 and Me 262.
Featuring full colour artwork, this book describes in fascinating detail combats between the Tempest Vs of No 274 Sqn and the Fw 190D-9s of I. and III./JG 26 between February and April 1945.


Publisher: Osprey Publishing

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Airframe & Miniature No.4: The Hawker Tempest

by Richard A. Franks


Updated and expanded - now 160 pages!

In addition to the original content it contains:
  • Extra Eduard 1/48th Mk V Series I & Special Hobby 1/32nd Mk V kit builds by Steve A. Evans. These have been specially commissioned for the book
  • New kit reviews
  • A new stencil diagram
  • An extra 16 pages of content in total
  • Specially commissioned new front cover artwork by Jerry Boucher


The Hawker Tempest first edition content:

  • 40+ pages of technical information
  • 30+ pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams
  • 5+ pages of camouflage and markings
  • 25+ pages of model builds and modelling information
  • 200+ photographs including wartime images
  • Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana
  • 3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz
  • Extensive 1/48 and 1/72 scale kit builds
  • A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans

Publisher: Wings Publishing

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Hawker Typhoon and Tempest: A Formidable Pair

by Philip Birtles


With technology of the Hurricane being at the end of the biplane combat era, there was an urgent requirement for a modern fighter with a capability ahead of anticipated fighter development for the Luftwaffe. 

Led by Sydney Camm, the Hawker design team created the all-metal stressed skin structure and the Typhoon was powered by the revolutionary Napier Sabre engine. Whereas the Hurricane had been developed in peacetime, the Typhoon was designed during the war, when the urgency of the programme caused the development of both the airframe and engine to be accelerated, resulting in teething troubles not being fully solved when the aircraft entered service with the RAF. 

The much-improved Tempest used the same engine and basic fuselage with thinner lamina flow wings, giving improved performance at high altitude and allowing the destruction of V-1s. Both aircraft made a significant impact on the victory by the Allies during the Second World War, although their low-level ground attack missions were extremely hazardous and resulted in high losses.


Publisher: Fonthill Media

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Tempest Squadrons of the RAF - COMBAT AIRCRAFT 117

by Chris Thomas


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.

Chapter 1 Development and entry into RAF service
Chapter 2 Battle against the V1 flying bomb
Chapter 3 Service with the 2nd TAF 1944-45
Chapter 4 BAFO and Cold War
Chapter 5 Confrontation in the Middle East
Chapter 6 Service in the Far East (India and Malaya)
Appendices: Listing all font line units equipped with the Tempest, along with their bases and commanding officers, Plate Commentaries


Publisher: Osprey Publishing

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Hawker Tornado, Typhoon, Tempest V (Spotlight On)

by Janusz Światłoń


This book is the latest in a new reference series for aircraft modellers called 'Spotlight On' and presents detailed illustrations of the celebrated Hawker family of RAF fighter aircraft from World War II. The book contains fifty colour plan and profile views of the Hawker Tornado, Typhoon and Tempest V aircraft showing a variety of authentic camouflage schemes and RAF markings. Mushroom Model Publications' Spotlight On books feature superb colour illustrations of camouflage and markings, specially commissioned for the series.




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V1 Flying Bomb Aces - AIRCRAFT OF THE ACES 113

by Andrew Thomas

Shortly after the Allied landings in France the Germans unleashed the first of their so-called ‘revenge weapons', the V1 flying bomb. Launched from specially constructed sites in northern France, the fast, small, pulse-jet powered pilotless aircraft were aimed at London with the sole intent of destroying civilian morale to the point where the British government would be forced to sue for peace. This dangerous new threat drew an immediate response, and the Air Defence of Great Britain (as Fighter Command had been temporarily renamed) established layers of defence that included a gun line and balloon barrage. The main element, however, were standing patrols by the fastest piston-engined fighters available to the RAF - the new Tempest V and Griffon-powered Spitfire XIV. Other types were allocated too, most notably the Polish Mustang wing, while night defence was left in the capable hands of several dedicated Mosquito squadrons. Although pilotless, the V1 was no easy foe thanks to its speed, powerful warhead and sheer unpredictability. Nevertheless, 154 pilots became V1 aces, 25 of whom were also aces against manned aircraft.


Publisher: Osprey Publishing
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Airframe Extra No 1 - ‘D-Day To VE Day’

Covers the last eleven months of the air battle over Europe from  June 1944 to May 1945
Historical narrative by Richard A. Franks
Selection of period images
15 pages of full colour profiles by Richard J. Caruana
50+ pages of specially commissioned  kit builds:
          - Hasegawa 1/32nd P-47D by Dani Zamarbide
          - Academy 1/48th F-5E Lightning, Hasegawa 1/48th Bf 109G-10
             and Hobbyboss 1/48th Me 262B-1a/U1 by Steve Evans
          - Airfix 1/72nd Spitfire PR MK XIX and C-47 Skytrain  by Libor Jekl


Publisher: Wings Publishing


Airframe & Miniature No.4: The Hawker Tempest

by Richard A. Franks


128 pages packed with vital information that no active aviation modeller should be without

40+ pages of technical information

20+ pages of walkaround images and technical diagrams

5+ pages of camouflage and markings

25+ pages of model builds and modelling information

200+ photographs including wartime images

Colour side views and four-views by Richard Caruana

3D isometric views of all variants by Jacek Jackiewicz

Extensive 1/48 and 1/72 scale kit builds

A full set of fold-out 1/48 scale plans


Publisher: Wings Publishing


TEMPEST Hawker's Outstanding Piston-Engined Fighter

by Tony Buttler

120 pages

144 b/w photos, 19 pages of colour artworks


ISBN: 978-1-905414-15-4


Publisher: Dalrymple & Verdun Publishing


LEADING FROM THE COCKPIT: A fighter pilot's story

by Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar

This is the remarkable story of fighters and flying as seen through the eyes of a ‘pure pilot’. The book takes the reader through a memorable journey as we retrace the flights of Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar PVSM, MVC (retd), from the time he joined the fledgling Indian Air Force in 1940 till he retired 38 years later as the Chief of Air Staff. The narrative makes for riveting reading.

During World War II, there are first hand accounts from the young officer of what took place in the Burma campaigns. Later, as a Wing Commander in charge of No. I Operational Wing during the Kashmir Operations in 1948, his experiences are again embellished with extracts from his flying log book. His outstanding performance in this theatre earned for him the Maha Vir Chakara but what comes through at all times is his indomitable spirit of ‘Leading from the Cockpit’.

In fact the history of the India Air Force unfolds as he gains in rank and responsibility even as the IAF evaluates and acquires new aircraft and establishes new air bases. Considered “Exceptional” in his flying proficiency, Arvind Moolgavkar flew an incredible 66 different types of aircraft (as Spitfires, Tempests, Hurricanes, Canberras, Swifts and more) and was most at home in the cockpit. As Chief of Air Staff, he ensured that the accident rate came down to acceptable standards and implemented major reforms in the personal policies which has had major impact on the Service which can be seen today, may decades later.

Air Chief Marshal H. Moolgavkar turned 90 years of age on 14th August, 2010 when this book was completed.

224 pages

ISBN: 81-901915-7-8


Tempest Magazines 


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FlyPast February 2020


Restoration in focus – Hawker Tempest (MW763)

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Aeroplane February 2020

Tempest for Cosford


"The RAF Museum’s Hawker Tempest II, PR536, was being dismantled at Hendon in mid-December prior to a transfer to the RAF Museum Cosford. The former Indian Air Force fighter — which went on display at Hendon in November 1991 following restoration by The Fighter Collection at Duxford — is expected to move north by the end of January."

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The true record of Clostermann, the Hero of the "Great Circus". 


With the use of all available archives, including Clostermann's own log books, the author of the "The Big Show" is described on 41 pages with a lot of details, 110 photos (for the most part never published) and 13 original color profiles by illustrator Thierry Dekker.

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FlyPast December 2016


Spotlight: Hawker Tempest

Spotlight shines on the Hawker Tempest. A development of the Typhoon, it was intended to address the older machine’s drop in performance at high altitude. The Tempest ended up being one of the fastest propellerdriven aircraft of the war, and became a preferred tool for countering the V-1 bomb threat. With exclusive features and brand new artwork, we re¬flect on one of the RAF’s ultimate wartime   fighters.

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FlyPast October 2016


Historian James Holland examines the career of Pierre Clostermann, a French fighter ace who flew with the RAF during the war.

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FlyPast June 2015

From The Workshop

Kermit Weeks speaks to Darren Harbar about progress on his long-term Hawker Tempest restoration.

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FlyPast May 2015

Tempest - Behind the scenes

A peek behind the scenes at a Hawker Tempest project at North Weald.


Flying Scale Models December 2014

Tempest arisen


Andy and Colin Wynn's 1/5-scale Tempest Mk. V, marked as JF-K (JN765), in detail. The Tempest is a Vailly Aviation Design.


Aeroplane September 2014

Doodlebugs over London
V-1 Attacks 70 Years On


 Tempest DVDs



Allied Fighters

From Key Publishing Online Shop:
"Allied Fighters sweeps you into dogfights with Hurricanes and Spitfires against the Messerschmitts during the Battle of Britain. Join the battle with the Hellcats and Corsairs in the Far East and rejoin the fray with Lightnings, Mustangs, Thunderbolts, Typhoons and Tempests over Europe. Mosquitoes, Beaufighters and Black Widows also feature dramatically to show, as never before, the might of Allied fighter warplanes in action, which included the Russian Yaks, Petlyakovs and Ilyushins." 

Running time:


Possible to order from Key Publishing Online Shop


Tempest at War

From the backcover of the DVD:
"On its introduction into RAF service in April 1944, the Hawker Tempest proved to be a truly outstanding fighter/bomber. It was the fastest aircraft in RAF, highly manoeuvrable and packed a real punch.
Equipped with 4 x 20mm cannons, it also carried bombs and rockets, which made it as fierce a ground attack aircraft as a fighter.

From the backcover of the DVD:
"On its introduction into RAF service in April 1944, the Hawker Tempest proved to be a truly outstanding fighter/bomber. It was the fastest aircraft in RAF, highly manoeuvrable and packed a real punch.
Equipped with 4 x 20mm cannons, it also carried bombs and rockets, which made it as fierce a ground attack aircraft as a fighter.

Surviving Tempest pilots and ground crew provide a fascinating insight into what it was like to fly and fight in the Tempest, recalling dogfights with Fw190s and Me262s, shooting down and "wing tipping" V1 Flying Bombs, a highly dangerous occupation, and stalking the skies of a ravaged Nazi Germany looking for targets of opportunity on the ground below.
Expert commentary is provided by Kev Darling, author of many respected books on fighter aircraft."

Running time: 68 mins approx with 7 mins extras.
Colour & B/W
Format: PAL 4x3
Audio: Stereo
Possible to order from DD Home Entertainment



Tempest Audio CD:



Fighter Command at War (1939-45)

This evocative 75 minute CD includes original broadcast recordings made between 1940 and 1945 by several well-known Royal Air Force fighter pilots, including Paddy Finucane, Sailor Malan, John Topham, Johnnie Johnson, and J.B. Nicolson - the latter being the winner of the only Victoria Cross awarded to Fighter Command during the Battle of Britain. Campaigns and operations covered include the Battle of France, the Battle of Britain, nightfighters, North Africa, ground attack ops in Normandy, operations against V-1 and V-2 rockets, and bomber escort. Fighter types discussed (and heard) include the Spitfire, Hurricane, Tempest, Typhoon, Mustang and Beaufighter. The CD begins with a stirring rendition of the The Royal Air Force March, recorded by the Band of the RAF in 1941.

All materials are authentic wartime recordings which have been carefully digitally remastered for CD. The booklet includes archive images and detailed historical notes by James Hayward.

ISBN: 978-1-906310-12-7


From tracklist:

Recorded 20 June 1944. talks by Flight Lieutenant A.E. Umbers and Flight Sergeant M.J.A. Rose on methods and dangers of intercepting V-1 flying bombs. Both pilots flew Tempests with 3 Squadron, based at the Newchurch ALG near Dungeness. The piece also includes commentary by Ian Wilson, and actuality of a V-1 ('Diver') raid near Dover, with fighter interception. Shooting down V-1s was highly dangerous, since the 850 kg warhead tended to explode violently. Morris Rose was the first pilot credited with shooting down a V-1 in flight, with landed in an orchard on 16 June. His final tally was eleven V-1s (plus one shared), and two Bf 109s. Born in Dunedin in 1919, Arthur Umbers DFC and Bar destroyed 28 V-1s, but was killed in action on 14 February 1945. As a unit 3 Squadron destroyed 288 flying bombs. Blessed with high speed, excellent low-altitude performance and four Hispano 20mm cannon, the Tempest was one of the best Allied countermeasures against 400 mph V-1s.

Recorded 8 September 1944. Talk by Squadron Leader Joseph Berry, a Tempest pilot with a dedicated Fighter Interception Unit (FIU) flight operating from Newchurch ALG and later Manston. He describes patrolling at 5,000 feet, and engaging doodlebugs that pass through coastal the anti-aircraft belt. Born in 1920, Joe Berry previously flew Defiants, Beaufighters and Mosquitos, and in the Tempest destroyed some 60 V-1s. On 23 July 1944 he claimed seven in a single night. He was killed in action on 1 October 1944 during a Ranger sortie over Germany.

The Audio CD is possible to order from CD41 Recordings.