Tempest Mk. V, ‘JN 862’, 3rd RAF Squadron, 150th Wing
Again, I enjoyed our ‘Belgian Sun’ (which is not shining so often those last days) and decided to take few shots of my Tempest, built last years. I chose this famous day of the 6th of June to post this article. 77 years ago those brave men fought for our liberty! Please remember them.
The kit is the 1/48 Eduard Tempest Series 2 build straight from the box, paint scheme is the plane flown by a Belgian pilot: Remi ‘Mony’ Van Lierde.
The kit was not difficult, the only problems encountered were: the fragile cockpit cells which I had to re-glue all the joints and the marking code which is not clearly identifiable on the D-Day white band markings.
About the plane and the pilot:
The JFoZ was flown by the Flight Lieutnant, DFC 2 bars, Remi ‘Mony’ Van Lierde, . Mony started his career in 1935 in the Belgian Air Force. During the 1940 campaign he was shot down by the DCA and wounded and spent some days in the hospital from where he could escape to Spain where he was captured and prisoned.
In 1941 he succeed to join England and joined the RAF 609 Squadron. Remi was credited of 6 victories and one damaged aircraft while flying with the 609 (1 on Spit Mk V, and 6 on Typhoon Mk Ib).
In 1944, in joined the 3rd Squadron where he has been credited of 34 destroyed flying bomb. From those 34, 30 were accomplished with the ‘JN 862’
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