What made the Hawker Tempest II the ultimate variant?

Thomas McKelvey Cleaver describes how the Tempest provided the fighter core of the British Occupation forces in Germany and served in India to become the initial equipment for the air forces of India and Pakistan.

All seven Tempest squadrons were in Germany for VE-Day. 122 Wing’s 3, 56, 80 and 486 Squadrons were part of 83 Group based at B152 Fassberg, while 135 Wing’s 33, 222 and 274 Squadrons in 84 Group were at B109 Quackenbrück. After a few days spent celebrating survival, they turned to a routine of training flights, patrols, flag-waving sorties and occasional massive flypasts in celebration of the Allied victory.

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