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    Default Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    I was wondering if there was anyone who could confirm the amount of ammunition carried by Hawker Tempests Mk V's, with the Hispano Mk V cannon, during its wartime service.

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    200 Rounds per gun - Total 800 rounds
    as per 4+ publication's Hawker Tempest (Mark Ovcacik). Also mentioned in Warpaint Books Hawker Tempest (Richard Caruana)

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    Thanks Jagan :)

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    Are there any wartime documents to support the 200 rounds per gun? especially on the Series 2 Tempests.

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    Quote Originally Posted by Fish_1960 View Post
    Are there any wartime documents to support the 200 rounds per gun? especially on the Series 2 Tempests.
    Glad you asked

    I looked up AP2458B the manual for Hawker Tempest II Aircraft/ Centauras IV Engine states right on Page 4:

    ARMAMENT
    Guns:
    Tpe - 20 mm Hispano MkV
    No. Four (Two in each wing)
    No of rounds per gun
    Inboard guns, each ..... 162 rounds
    Outboard guns, each ... 156 rounds
    Total number of rounds .. 636 rounds

    If you hadnt asked, we wouldnt have known that the publications were all wrong!!

    (I am assuming Tempest II and Tempest V would have had the same specs for armt - except for the engine)
    Cant find a war time doc for Tempest V

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    Parallel: Hawker Typhoon
    Prototype, 4 x Hispano 20 mm, reportedly 4x140 round belts .
    No further info or reliable source re prodn a/craft to hand.

    Tempest: thinner wing.
    2x162 round belts inboard,
    2x156 round outboard.
    Space/structure +/or strength the prime factors?
    Plus, a not insignifant weight saving vs supposed 4x200 round belts

    Tempest II v Tempest V: Hispano long barrel v short barrel?

    Not my field, bar far distant comparison for interest
    Beaufighter X, 4 cannon (Nav/Ws struggles to swap hot 60+lb drums by hand mid flight, midst cordite fumes, vs later belt tanks).
    Last edited by Don Clark; 23rd January 2021 at 09:59.
    Toujours propos

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    Default Re: Hawker Tempest MkV armament

    Quote Originally Posted by Don Clark View Post
    Tempest II v Tempest V: Hispano long barrel v short barrel?
    Hello

    No, Tempest V series 1 had the long barrel cannons, and the Tempest V series 2 had the short barrel Hispanos.

    Tempest expert Chris Thomas would answer the ammo question. I've checked in a few publications, but I'm more interested by Typhoons than Tempests, so have less documentation about the latter.

    Joss

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