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Hawker Tempest Mk V JN751 R-B. by M A Kinnear.- Airforce-Art
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Hawker Tempest Mk V JN751 R-B. by M A Kinnear.

Hawker Tempest Mk V JN751 R-B. by M A Kinnear.

Aircraft History: JN751 was built at Hawkers Langley factory and delivered to No. 20 MU at Aston Down 20th February 1944. Delivered to No.486 (NZ) Squadron initially, and subsequently received by No.3 Squadron, it became the personal aircraft of Wing Commander R P Beamont. On 8th June 1944, it became the first Tempest to shoot down and enemy aircraft (Bf109G-6, JN751 was hit in the starboard wing by a cannon shell in this combat) and during June/August it shot down over 30 V-1 flying bombs. On 1st September, following an engine failure on take-off, JN751 made a forced landing at Langley. Repaired 2nd September, Wing Commander Beamont collected the aircraft from Langley on 5th September and returned to Newchurch - this was his last flight in JN751. Returned to No.20 MU on 3rd October 1944, it was delivered to No.287 Squadron at Hornchurch on anti aircraft co-operation duties. On 18th May 1945, whilst trying to avoid a fog bank JN751 crashed on the Isle of Sheppey, killing the pilot, Flight Sergeant P.C.A. Redstone.

Wing Commander Roland P Beamont, CBE, DSO and bar, DFC and bar, DFC (USA), DL: Born on 10th August 1920, Roland Beamont joined No87. Squadron in France during November 1939. Returning to England 20th May 1940 (having destroyed a Do17 and an Me109) he went on to destroy a further three enemy aircraft during the Battle of Britain. In June 1941 he was posted to No79 Squadron as a Flight Commander. In December 1941, he went to Hawker Aircraft Limited as a Service test pilot flying Hurricanes. On 29th June 1942, he was posted as Flight Commander to Hawker Typhoon equipped No.609 (WR) squadron at Duxford, and took command of the squadron in October. He returned to Hawker Aircraft during May 1943, to test fly the Tempest. In February 1944, he was tasked with forming the first Tempest Wing, No.150 at Castle Camps and later Newchurch. When leader of the five squadron Tempest Wing No.122 over Germany on 12th October 1944, Roland Beamont was shot down by ground fire, and became a POW. During his time with Nos 150 and 122 Wings he destroyed one Bf109, one Fw190, one Ju88 on the ground and thirty two V1 flying bombs. After the war Roland Beamont became Chief Test Pilot for English Electric, test flying the Canberra, P1, Lightning and TSR2 aircraft. He was the first British pilot to fly a British aircraft at Mach 1 in level flight, and later at Mach 2. After serving as Director of Flight operations for the Tornado test programme he retired and became a respected author.
Item Code : AP0020Hawker Tempest Mk V JN751 R-B. by M A Kinnear. - This EditionAdd any two items on this offer to your basket, and the lower priced item will be half price in the checkout! Buy 1 Get 1 Half Price!
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Extra Details : Hawker Tempest Mk V JN751 R-B. by M A Kinnear.
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150 Wing, 2nd T.A.F., Royal Air Force: In February 1944, Wing Commander R.P. Beamont was tasked with forming the first Tempest Wing (No.150). The wing initially comprised of two Typhoon Squadrons which were transferred from Air Defence of Great Britain (ADGB), No.s 3 and 486 (New Zealand), which received their Tempests in March, and then flew to Ayr in Scotland for weapons training. They moved to No.B60 (ALG) airfield at Newchurch later in the month and were joined by No.56 Squadron, who, because of a shortage of Tempests, exchanged their Hawker Typhoons temporarily for MK V Spitfires. Under the leadership of Wing Commander Beamont, the wing was tasked with providing air cover for the Normandy beachhead during the D-Day landings. On 8th June, Wing Commander Beamont led No.3 and No.486 (NZ) squadrons on the third Tempest patrol over the beachhead area and during this sortie, the squadrons attacked five enemy Bf109G-6 aircraft east of Rouen. Beamont shot down one, with two more being accounted for by No.3 squadron pilots. These were the first enemy aircraft shot down by Hawker Tempests. On 18th June, still at Newchurch, the Wing, because of the Tempests high speed, was tasked with the interception of the V1 flying bombs (under the control of ADGB). It was to be a further three months (during which time No.56 squadron received their Tempests) before the V1 threat was reduced enough to allow the former No.150 Wing to return to operations over Europe, having the highest wing score of V1s destroyed, 632. No.s 3, 486 (NZ) and 56 squadrons (still under the command of Wing Commander Beamont) flew to Belgium in September where they replaced the Mustang Mk III equipped squadrons of No.122 Wing (No.s 19, 65 and 122 who returned to the UK to reform No.150 Wing). The original squadrons of No.150 now formed the nucleus of No.122 Wing, which with the addition of No.s 80 and 274 squadrons on 7th October 1944, became the first five Tempest squadron Wing. Following several movements in Germany, and ending as one of the two top scoring Wings in the 2nd T.A.F. (No.122 Wing had finally reached Copenhagen Kastrup in Denmark when hostilities ended in Europe), No.150 Wing was finally disbanded on 8th March 1945. Because of the short period of time it existed, No.150 Wing did not have a badge. Consequently the badge which is depicted on the print is of the 2nd Tactical Air Force, of which No.150 Wing was part.

The Aircraft :
TempestThe Hawker Tempest was a much improved development of the Typhoon and first flew in June 1943. and started service with the RAF in April 1944. mainly serving in the attack role in Europe against ground targets including the V1 Flying Bomb installations. It remained in service after the war until 1949 when it was eventually replaced by the Jet Aircraft. but continued for another 4 years in the Indian and Pakistan air forces. In total no less than 1395 Hawker Tempests were built. Speed: 426mph at 18,500 feet, Crew One. Range 800 miles. Armament: Four 20mm Hispano cannons mounted in the wings and a bomb payload of upto 2,000 lbs.

Aviation History Timeline : 22nd March
22March1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, P/O J. S. Southwell of 245 Squadron, was Killed.
22March1941Former British Battle of Britain pilot, Sgt. R. A. Spyer of 607 Squadron, was Killed.
22March1944Hauptmann Mikel Tassara of 5./Jagdgeschwader 51 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22March1944Oberfeldwebel Hans Nuhr of Schnellkampfgeschwader 210 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22March1945 Eugene Peel of 78th Fighter Group, 82nd Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22March1945 Harold Barnaby of 78th Fighter Group, 83rd Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22March1945 John Cunnick of 55th Fighter Group, 38th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22March1945 Milton Stutzman of 78th Fighter Group, 82nd Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22March1945 William Dillard of 31st Fighter Group, 308th Fighter Squadron shot down a Me262
22March1945Leutnant of the Reserves Karl Schnrrer of 11./Jagdgeschwader 7 was awarded the Knight's Cross
22March1972Charles Biddle, a WW1 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day
22March2006Colonel Pierre Clostermann CDLL L&H MM CdeG DFC*, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22March2006Pierre Closterman, a WW2 Ace with 26.00 victories, died on this day
22March2007Jay Zeamer, whose signature is on some of our aviation art, died on this day
22March2008Gordon Graham, a WW2 Ace with 7.00 victories, died on this day

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