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36506 Corgi   Typhoon Mk1B - 247 Sqn RAF D-Day (1,500 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  Hawker Typhoon 1B MN317 "ZY-B" in the superb livery of 247 squadron, 124 Wing RAF, based at Hurn during the D-Day landings in June 1944. Mint and boxed, highly accurate 1/72 scale limited edition of only 1,500 pieces. Has to be seen to be appreciated in D Day stripes with rocket armament: very rare and highly sought after. Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 7 inches

One of the greatest fears of the planners of Operation Overlord, was a counter-attack by Germany's Panzer Divisions. On June 10th, 1944, secret messages decoded at Bletchley Park located the Headquarters of Panzer Group West at the Chateau de la Caine, near Caen. The RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force was ordered to carry out an attack and a force of Hawker Typhoons and B-25 Mitchells was prepared. The force took off from airfields in Southern England in the early evening and Panzer Group West's senior staff officers were sitting down to dinner in the Chateau's elegant dining room as seventeen Typhoons of 181 and 247 Squadrons released a total of 136 rockets. This devastating attack was followed by a saturation raid by the B-25 medium bombers and a further force of Typhoons. Panzer GroupWest had literally ceased to exist and any plans for an armoured counter-offensive were destroyed in what has become known in RAF folklore as 'The Dinner Raid'. The Germans took days to reorganize, giving Allied ground forces vital time to secure the Normandy beach-head.

The Hawker Typhoon was a British single-seat fighter-bomber, produced by Hawker Aircraft. While the Typhoon was supposedly designed to be a medium-high altitude interceptor, and a direct replacement for the Hawker Hurricane, several design problems were encountered and the Typhoon never completely satisfied this requirement. The Battle of Britain in 1940 prolonged the gestation of the Typhoon, as mass production of existing Hurricanes and Spitfires was desperately required.

Designed by Sydney Camm for the British Air Ministry, the Typhoon (Nicknamed the Tiffy) was first flown on February 24th, 1940. The large under-fuselage chin radiator gave the Typhoon a menacing look, and was its most notable identifying physical feature. Powered by a Napier Sabre 24 cylinder engine—which gave it a top speed in excess of 400 mph. Subsequently fitted with air-to-ground rockets or two underwing bombs, it became an exceptional fighter-bomber hybrid. The Typhoon could engage ground targets and still hold its own against German bombers and fighters at low to medium altutude. It proved especially adept at engaging marauding Fw 190 on the British coast. The Typhoon was the only fighter in the RAF inventory capable of catching the Fw 190 at low altitudes and, as a result secured a new role as a low-altitude interceptor. Through the support of pilots such as Roland Beamont the Typhoon also established itself in roles such as night-time intruder and a long-range fighter. From late 1942 the Typhoon was equipped with bombs; from late 1943 ground attack rockets were added to the Typhoons armoury. The RP-3 (Rocket Projectile 3 inch) was a rocket with a 60lb warhead, which gave the Typhoon the ability to hit targets accurately with the same devastating force as a 6 inch naval shell. With these weapons the Typhoon became one of the Second World Wars most successful ground-attack aircraft.
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Corgi aviation archive general information

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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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