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39503 Corgi   Stirling Mk 111 - 218 Sqn RAF, Arthur Aaron VC (2,000 ONLY) £
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  AA39503 - 1/72 Short Stirling MK.III 218 Sqn RAF, as flown by Arthur Aaron VC 1943. Limited edition of only 2,000.
Length 14.5 inches Wingspan 16.5 inches

By 1943 only a limited number of squadrons still operated the Stirling, including 218 Squadron. It was on a raid to Turin in Italy that Flight Sergeant Arthur Aaron was awarded Great Britain's highest honour, the Victoria Cross. While on the raid the Stirling was hit by enemy fire. This damaged the windscreen, the front and rear turrets were put out of action, the elevator control was damaged and three of the engines were hit. The navigator was killed and Flt. Sgt Aaron was also badly injured. Levelling the aircraft out at 3,000ft the bomb aimer took over flying duties as the crippled aircraft struggled towards Allied bases in North Africa. After receiving some medical attention Aaron assisted the bomb aimer in flying the aircraft, writing directions with his left hand he managed to help the bomb aimer perform a successful belly landing at Bone airfield. He passed away nine hours later.

The Short Stirling was the first British four-engined heavy bomber of the World War Two. Designed and built by Short Brothers to an Air Ministry specification from 1936, it entered service in 1941. Its front-line operational career was relatively short being relegated to second line duties from 1943 onwards when the superior Handley Page Halifax and Avro Lancaster, took over its role. Of the trio of heavies, the Short Stirling is the least well known and sadly, there are no surviving examples left anywhere in the world. Design origins go back to 1937 and significantly, the Stirling’s main weaknesses stem from the overall penny-pinching attitudes of the inter-war years. The Air Ministry required that in order to fit conveniently into existing hangars, the wingspan should not exceed 100 feet, although many hangars could accommodate spans up to 125ft. This resulted in a long takeoff run and in order to alleviate this, the undercarriage became a gangly affair that had to fold twice. A poor undercarriage and poor altitude performance made Stirlings (operational from 1940-1944) highly vulnerable to fly and dangerous to land. Yet they later found popularity as glider tugs and transports. As a bomber, the most significant shortcoming was the design of the bomb bay. Like its contemporaries, the bay was compartmentalised and designed to carry the 500lb and 1000lb bombs then standard in the RAF. No one had thought that bombs too would need to develop in future wars.

 
 
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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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