3 Squadron

Hawker Tempest Mark Vs of No. 3 Squadron RAF parked at Newchurch Advanced Landing Ground, Kent. The nearest aircraft, JN765 'JF-K', was lost on 1 July 1944 when it dived into the ground near Winchelsea, Sussex, after the pilot lost control in a cloud while chasing a Fiesler Fi 103 flying-bomb (V1).  IWM HU92119

George Kosh at Newchurch

Group of pilots at Newchurch in front of Roland Beamont's Tempest.
     Second and third from the left are Morris Rose and George Kosh
(Still from RAF film)

Servicing a Tempest at Newchurch

Ground crew refuel and re-arm Hawker Tempest Mark V 'JF-G' of No. 3 Squadron RAF by the grass North-South runway at Newchurch, Kent. On the far side of the runway is the dispersal area of No. 56 Squadron RAF. IWM CH14088 


Hawker Tempest Mark Vs of No. 3 Squadron RAF undergoing servicing at Newchurch, Kent, while other off-duty ground crew relax in the foreground. The view was taken from one of the tents which constituted the accommodation for RAF personnel, since no permanent buildings were constructed at this Advanced Landing Ground. IWM CH14091

Tempest Mark V, JN682 ‘JF-Z’, of No. 3 Squadron RAF, parked at Newchurch  Kent, has been covered with canvas to keep the pilot's cockpit cool while awaiting the order for take off, as another pair of aircraft takes off to patrol the Normandy beachhead. IWM CH14095

Flight Sargeant Rose

Flight Sergeant Morris Rose of No 3 Squadron points out the essential characteristics of the V-1 flying bomb to other Tempest pilots at Newchurch, 23 June 1944. The Scottish pilot downed his first 'doodlebug' on 16 June, and by the end of July had claimed a total of 11 destroyed. IWM CH14328
Left to Right: F/Sgt Rose, F/O Barckley, P/O Dryland and P/O Slade-Betts

Squadron Leader A S Dredge, Officer Commanding No. 3 Squadron RAF, briefs his pilots for a sweep over the Caen area, on the elevator of a Hawker Tempest Mark V, 'JF-M' at Newchurch, Kent. IWM CH18814


Tempest of 3 Squadron having its cannons cleaned

3 Sqn pilots in front of the Operations Hut at Oak Farm, Newchurch

Back Row: Flg Off Kenneth Slade-Betts, Flt Lt Ted Sparrow, B Flt Cdr, Flt Lt Spike Umbers A Flt Cdr, Flg Off Clap Clapperton, Flg Off Don Butcher

Front Row: Flg Off Tom McCullogh, W.O Frank Reid, F. Sgt Johhnie Foster, Rocky the Dog (Bob Barcklay's dog)


Flight Lieutenant Bob Moore, Flight Commander of 3 Squadron at Newchurch IWM 

Pilot Officer 'Buck: Feldman (Canadian) flying Tempests with 3 Squadron (RAF) at Newchurch ALG, photographed a few days after receiving his DFC on 2nd July 1944
Buzz Bomb Diary by David G. Collyer/KAHRS

Squadron Leader A S Dredge, Officer Commanding No. 3 SquadronIWM


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