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35304 Corgi   B-25J Mitchell - 226 Sqn RAF, D-Day 1944 (2,010 ONLY) £
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  B-25J Mitchell of 226 Squadron Royal Air Force based at Swanton Morley during the D-Day landings in 1944. Limited edition of 2,010 from November 2005. The model has to be seen to be appreciated, with rotating gun turret, opening bomb doors, optional rear ladder, steps and undercarriage positions and stand. Now very sought after and hard to find.

No 226 Squadron converted to the B-25 in 1943 and was heavily involved in the tactical bombing in the run up to D-Day and the subsequent invasion of France, hence the model being painted with the invasion stripes. The RAF Mitchell crews found that they had to maintain very tight formations in order to ward off enemy fighters. Unlike the British built 4 engined bombers they retained the retractable ventral turret, since protection from below was essential with the threat of the German fighters, especially those fitted with Schrage Muzik (upward firing cannons).

The North American B-25 Mitchell was an American twin-engined medium bomber manufactured by North American Aviation. It was used by many Allied air forces, in every theater of World War II, as well as many other air forces after the war ended, and saw service across four decades.
The B-25 was named in honor of General Billy Mitchell, a pioneer of U.S. military aviation. By the end of its production, nearly 10,000 B-25s in numerous models had been built. These included a few limited variations, such as the United States Navy's and Marine Corps' PBJ-1 patrol bomber and the United States Army Air Forces' F-10 photo reconnaissance aircraft.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

(note not all this information will apply to the above model)

The Corgi Aviation Archive features a vast selection of diecast model airplanes in 1:144, 1:72, 1:48 and 1:32 scales and has become the standard by which all other ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival material. Subject aircraft in the Aviation Archive appeal to all aviation enthusiasts and every diecast model airplane includes such features as:

  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed pilots and crew members (1:72/1:32).
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected interchangeable features such as airbrakes, opened canopies and access panels (1:72/1:32).
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings (1:72/1:32).
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