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39304 Corgi   Defiant MkI Night Fighter - N1671, Sole Survivor, Hendon £
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  Boulton Paul Defiant MkI Night Fighter N1671 of 307 (Polish) Sqn, based at RAF Kirton-on-Lindsey, England, 1940. This is now the only complete surviving Defiant airframe, now preserved at the RAF museum at Hendon.

The only Polish Night Fighter Squadron to fly alongside the RAF’s own, 307 Squadron was formed on 24th August 1940 as part of an agreement between the Polish Government in exile and the RAF. Flying from RAF Kirton-In-Lindsey in Lincolnshire, the squadron soon acquitted itself well, flying the Boulton Paul Defiant. Moving to RAF Clyst, Honiton, in 1941, the Squadron succeeded in shooting down a number of enemy bombers, including a brace of Heinkel He111s. Already outclassed as a day fighter due to its unorthodox turret armament, the Defiant found itself to be a capable night fighter, able to bring its powerful turret armament to bear more easily against lone German bombers operating at night. The Polish were not however that keen on their mounts and when the Squadron exchanged the Defiants for Beaufighters in the autumn of 1941, the squadron personnel were not too sad to see the single engine fighters depart.
This particular Defiant is the only survivor from the 1,064 produced, it was operated by 307 (Polish) Squadron until late 1942. It then moved to 285 Squadron being used for anti-aircraft co-operation duties before being placed into storage. Here it was saved for display and has been at either RAF Hendon or Cosford since the creation of the RAF Museum. Recently restored by the Medway Air Preservation Society, the Defiant looks superb in its typical matt black night fighter scheme.

The Boulton Paul Defiant was a British interceptor aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force (RAF) during the Second World War. The Defiant was designed and built by Boulton Paul Aircraft as a "turret fighter", without any forward-firing guns. It was a contemporary of the Royal Navy's Blackburn Roc. The concept of a turret fighter related directly to the successful First World War-era Bristol F.2 Fighter.

In combat, the Defiant was found to be reasonably effective at its intended task of destroying bombers but was vulnerable to the Luftwaffe's more manoeuvrable, single-seat Messerschmitt Bf 109 fighters. The lack of forward-firing armament proved to be a great weakness in daylight combat and its potential was only realised when it was converted to night fighting. It was supplanted in the night fighter role by the Bristol Beaufighter and de Havilland Mosquito. The Defiant found use in gunnery training, target towing, electronic countermeasures and air-sea rescue. Among RAF pilots it had the nickname "Daffy".
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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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