JN751, W/Cdr Roland P. Beamont, CO of No. 150 Wing, Newchurch,
Great Britain, June – July 1944
During June, the field-applied invasion stripes
on JN751 were replaced with factory-applied
paint at Hawker. This type of paint application
had a positive impact on performance, which was
crucial for achieving maximum speed while in
combat with V-1 flying bombs. Most of Beamont’s
31 V-1 victories were achieved in this aircraft.
JN751 was replaced as his personal aircraft in
September 1944 with a new Series 2 Tempest
Mk.V sporting the code RPB (EJ706). At the end of
September 1944, the entire unit, under Beamont's
command, moved to liberated European territory.
On October 12, Beamont's aircraft was hit by flak
in the radiator, forcing him to make an emergency
landing in enemy territory, where he spent the
rest of the war. During World War II, he achieved
nine enemy aircraft kills and was awarded the
DFC & Bar and DSO & Bar. After the war, Beamont
worked as a test pilot and flew aircraft such as
the Meteor, Vampire, Canberra, Lightning, and the
impressive TSR-2. He retired in August 1979 and
passed away on November 19, 2001.
JN738, No. 486 (RNZAF) Squadron, RAF Station Castle Camp, Great Britain, April 1944
No. 486 Squadron was established on March 7,
1942, at Kirton in Lindsey base, and its personnel
were predominantly New Zealanders. Initially,
it was equipped with Hawker Hurricane aircraft,
but from July 1942, it used Hawker Typhoons.
Due to its excellent performance, it was selected
as the first unit to transition to Tempests Mk.V.
The new aircraft were received in January and
February 1944, and it became part of the newly
formed No. 150 Wing, also equipped with Tempests.
It was declared fully operational in April 1944.
The camouflage of the new Tempests consisted
of the Day Fighter Scheme colors, with the upper
and side surfaces painted Dark Green and Ocean
Grey, and the lower surfaces in Medium Sea Grey.
During this period, black and white stripes were
added to the lower wing surfaces of Typhoons
and Tempests for better identification of friendly