A139 (ex PR809), No. 14 Squadron, Royal Pakistan Air Force, Pakistan, 1949
On November 1, 1948 in Peshavar the No. 14 Squadron of the Royal Pakistan Air Force was established.
Only four days later the first encounter of RIAF and
RPAF aircraft took place when two RIAF Tempestes
attacked the Pakistani Dakota. On January 15, 1949
the No. 14 Squadron was disbanded due to the fact
that during December the unit had lost two Tempests
and without replacement aircraft the situation became critical. The supplies of new Tempests commenced in March 1949 and the aircraft were immediately
allocated to the combat units. They received the serials from A128 to A151 and were easily recognizable
thanks to their desert camouflage scheme. The recognition stripes were not applied. As the material and
personal situation improved on December 15, 1949 the
No. 14 Squadron was again re-activated under the leadership of Julian Kazimierz Żuromski. On March 24,
1950 the unit has been relocated to Miranshah for its
first combat deployment against Faqir of Ipi uprising.
HA547, No. 7 Squadron, Royal Indian Air Force, India, 1949
The first from 89 Tempests that underwent the overhaul and were delivered to RIAF, was HA547. Originally it was PR874 airframe which in February 1946 was
delivered directly to the storage and after more than
two years was sold from No. 20 MU (Maintenance
Unit) back to Hawker in order to satisfy the aircraft
deliveries for India and Pakistan. All Tempests were
finished in Aluminum. Initially these aircraft carried
the „Chakra“ style national insignia which were soon
replaced by the new orange-white-green cockades.
These were introduced in 1950.
HA426, No. 7 Squadron, Royal Indian Air Force, Jammu, India, December 1948
Even though HA426 from No. 7 Squadron still sports
the original RAF Day Fighter Scheme it already carries the new orange-white-green RIAF cockades.
There is a winged battle axe, No. 7 Squadron insignia,
painted below the canopy. White wingtips as well as
white propeller spinner and rear fuselage band were
applied to RIAF Tempests to distinguish them from
RPAF aircraft carrying the same camouflage.