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Hawker Typhoon and Tempest: books - history and technology

A book on the Hawker Typhoon or Tempest? Here are illustrated books on the history and technology of Hawker fighter aircraft.

Hawker Typhoon And Tempest : a Formidable Pair

With the technology of the Hurricane being at the end of the biplane combat aircraft era, there was an urgent requirement for a modern fighter with a capability ahead of the anticipated German fighter development for the Luftwaffe.
The Hawker design team lead by Sydney Camm created the all-metal stressed skin structure Typhoon powered by the revolutionary Napier Sabre engine. Whereas the Hurricane had been developed in peacetime, the Typhoon was designed in wartime, 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 altitude, and allowing the destruction of the V1s at low altitude.
Both aircraft made a significant impact on the victory by the Allies in WW2, although their low level ground attack missions were extremely hazardous, and resulted in high pilot losses.

Author:Philip Birtles
Specs:288 pages, 25.5 x 18 x 2.2 cm / 10 x 7.1 x 0.87 in, hardback
Illustrations:222 b&w photographs
Publisher:Fonthill Media (GB, 2018)
Book: Hawker Typhoon And Tempest : a Formidable Pair

Hawker Typhoon And Tempest : a Formidable Pair

Language: English

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Tempest Squadrons of the RAF (Osprey)

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

Author:Chris Thomas
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:80 b&w and 30 colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2016)
Series:Combat Aircraft (117)
Book: Tempest Squadrons of the RAF (Osprey)

Tempest Squadrons of the RAF

Language: English

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

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.

Author:Robert Forsyth
Specs:80 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.5 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.2 in, paperback
Illustrations:55 b&w and 10 colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2019)
Book: Tempest V vs Fw 190 D-9 : 1944-45 (Osprey)

Tempest V vs Fw 190 D-9 : 1944-45

Language: English

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Hawker Typhoon: The RAF's Ground-Breaking Fighter-Bomber

Although first designed as a fighter, during the fighting in and over Europe during 1944 and 1945 the Hawker Typhoon gained a tremendous reputation and true fame as a ground-attack aircraft and tank-buster. This was a remarkable achievement because, during its development and early career, the Typhoon had experienced severe problems with its Napier Sabre engine and catastrophic failures of its airframe.

The Typhoon's offensive ground-attack work is well known, but that tends to overshadow the type's successes operating from 1942 as a true fighter based in the UK. Nevertheless, during the final year of World War Two, following the D-Day landings in June 1944, the Typhoon performed a crucial role in the European theatre.

After May 1945 it disappeared from RAF squadrons very quickly, so to leave such a record of success over such a short time is nothing short of outstanding! It was not a world-beater, but the Typhoon was perfect for the job that was required of it.
Many books that document the Typhoon cover it in conjunction with its successor, the Hawker Tempest. However, this work, fully illustrated with over 180 photographs, gives this heavyweight machine a well-deserved volume of its own.

Author:Tony Buttler
Specs:128 pages, 24 x 17 x 1.5 cm / 9 x 6.7 x 0.59 in, paperback
Illustrations:180+ b&w and colour photographs
Publisher:Key Publishing Ltd (GB, 2020)
Book: Hawker Typhoon: The RAF's Ground-Breaking Fighter-Bomber

Hawker Typhoon: The RAF's Ground-Breaking Fighter-Bomber

Language: English

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Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Osprey)

The Typhoon was the RAF's heavyweight fighter-bomber of choice to support the British and Canadian armies during the invasion of northwest Europe.

In this book Chris Thomas extols the great importance of the Typhoon wings in the ultimate Allied victory in Europe. He describes their destruction of German radar in the lead-up to D-Day, the use of large-scale rocket projectiles in land battles and pinpoint attacks on German command and control centres, which crippled the Wehrmacht's ability to respond quickly to Allied troop movements.
But not everything went smoothly for the Typhoon wings. Their epic battle with highly effective German flak installations prompted Air Chief Marshal Sir Harry Broadhurst to remark 'I suppose that flying one of these aircraft was the most dangerous task the Air Force has ever asked anybody to do'.

Contents: Early Deployment - Into Action - Rolling Thunder - 'Doom Pussy' - Patricia Lynn - Aussie Canberras - B-57G - End Game - Appendices and plate commentaries

Author:Chris Thomas
Specs:96 pages, 24.5 x 18.5 x 0.7 cm / 9.7 x 7.3 x 0.28 in, paperback
Illustrations:photographs and drawings (in b&w and colour)
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 2010)
Series:Combat Aircraft (86)
Book: Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45 (Osprey)

Typhoon Wings of 2nd TAF 1943-45

Language: English

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Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 (Osprey)

Hawker Typhoon and Tempest - two aircraft types with widely differing reputations. The former was a technical nightmare redeemed as a ground attack machine, whilst the latter proved to be the most superlative low and medium level fighter to see service with the RAF, and arguably any air force, during the latter stages of World War 2.
With 246 enemy aircraft destroyed by the Typhoon and 239 by the Tempest, over 40 aces flew one or both types in combat, and men like 'Foob' Fairbanks and Johnny Baldwin attained double-figure scores with the Hawker fighters.

Son of a Typhoon pilot, Chris Thomas is arguably Britain's best authority on the Typhoon/Tempest family, having served as Air Britain's specialist on the type for over two decades.
Contents: Introduction - Into Service and Out? - Jabo Hunters - 'Rhubarbs' and 'Rangers' - D-Day and 'Divers' - Holland - Final Battles - Top Scorers - Appendices.

Author:Chris Thomas
Specs:96 pages, 25 x 18.5 x 0.8 cm / 9.8 x 7.3 x 0.31 in, paperback
Illustrations:100 b&w and 40 colour photographs
Publisher:Osprey Publishing (GB, 1999)
Series:Aircraft of the Aces (27)
Book: Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2 (Osprey)

Typhoon and Tempest Aces of World War 2

Language: English

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