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Hawker Tempest Mk. V at Wunstorf Airfield
Airfield Wunstorf in Germany was occupied by the British Army in April 1945. It became a base for various squadrons, including 3 Squadron RAF, equipped with Hawker Tempest Mk. V aircraft. The squadron played a significant role in the post-war efforts, maintaining a strong RAF presence in Germany.
RAF Wunstorf remained operational after the war, and in April 1948, 3 Squadron transitioned to the Vampire F1 jet aircraft. The airfield’s history continued to evolve, with subsequent aircraft types such as Sabres, Hunters, Gloster Javelins, and Canberra bombers.
On March 7, 1958, the Fliegerhorst was handed over to the German Luftwaffe.
I am not a professional historian and have neither access to first-hand sources nor to reports from witnesses. All thoughts discussed in this article are my unprovable opinion on an ongoing discussion. If any information is incorrect or misrepresented, please let me know.
Sources I have used:
Hawker Tempest F.5
3 Squadron RAF
between 1947 and 1948.
Kit: Mark 1
Photo-etched parts: Hauler – Brengun and Shelf Oddity
Decals: Shelf Oddity
Scratchbuilt from Styrene: Napier Sabre engine, guns and gun bays
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