The Hawker Tempest was designed to improve upon the successful Typhoon, and was first flown on February 24th, 1943. It boasts an excellent low-altitude performance and was one of the main aircraft used to deal with German V-1 missiles. Hawker Tempest EJ762 "JJ-F" was assigned to F/L D.C. Fairbanks of No. 274 Squadron in the Netherlands. In October 1944 the port-side wing fuel tank was hit, damaging the fabric skin and some of the paint. F/L Fairbanks returned to base and the aircraft repaired. One month later EJ765 was hit again and once again repaired. In February 1945 EJ752 was being piloted by F/L G.J. Bruce when it was shot down. F/L Bruce survived and became a POW.