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34013 Corgi   B-24D Liberator - Jerk's Natural, 93rd BG, Ploesti Raid 1700 £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation US34013: Consolidated B-24D Liberator #41-23711 "Jerk's Natural",of the 93rd BG, 328th BS, USAAF based at Benghazi, Libya. The aircraft took part in Operation Tidal Wave; the Ploesti Raid on Nazi held Romanian Oilfields on 1 August 1943. Limited edition of only 1,700 pieces, intended primarily for US only issue. Length 11.25" Wingspan 18.25"

This Consolidated-built machine was amongst the first B-24s assigned to the 93rd BG, known as "Ted's Traveling Circus" after its colorful CO, Col. Ted Timberlake. The cloverleaf worn by this machine denoted that the bomber had visited Northern Ireland to undergo modification, while the U-boat silhouette signified a claim of a German submarine sinking by the crew, while flying anti-U-boat patrols over the Gulf of Mexico in mid-1942. Flown to Alconbury in September 1942 as part of the first wave of USAAF B-34s to arrive in England, 41-23711 participated in the Op Tidal Wave Ploesti raid of August 1, 1943 and was eventually lost during a mission to Austria in October of that same year.

Operation Tidal Wave was an air attack by bombers of the United States Army Air Forces (USAAF) based in Libya on nine oil refineries around Ploiești, Romania on 1 August 1943, during World War II. It was a strategic bombing mission and part of the "oil campaign" to deny petroleum-based fuel to the Axis. The mission resulted in "no curtailment of overall product output", and so was deemed unsuccessful.

This mission was one of the costliest for the USAAF in the European Theater, with 53 aircraft and 660 aircrewmen lost. It was the worst loss ever suffered by the USAAF on a single mission, and its date was later referred to as "Black Sunday". Five Medals of Honor and numerous Distinguished Service Crosses were awarded to Operation Tidal Wave crew members.

Designed to fill a United States Army Air Corps need for a heavy bomber, the B-24 Liberator was first flown on December 29, 1939. The USAAC originally asked Consolidated to build the B-17 under license, but the company instead chose to submit a more modern design with greater speed, greater range and a heavier bomb load. Despite these advantages, the B-24 was more difficult to fly, had poor formation-flying characteristics, and was much more vulnerable to battle damage, which meant it never became the favored bomber among American aircrews. It did prove more than serviceable, however, especially for long-range missions.

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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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