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38203 Corgi   Dakota KG374 - 271 Sqn, RAF, David Lord VC, Arnhem (1,300) £
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  Douglas DC-3 Dakota KG374 of 271 Sqn, RAF, as flown by David Lord VC, Arnhem, Holland, September 19th 1944. Limited edition of only 1,300 pieces, now hard to find.

On Sept 19th 1944, 'Dakota' "YS DM" took off to re-supply the allied troops at Arnhem in Holland, who were hemmed into a small area heavily defended by anti-aircraft guns. To ensure accuracy the air crews were ordered to fly at 900ft when dropping their containers. While flying to Arnhem the starboard wing of Flt Lt Lord's Dakota was hit by anti-aircraft fire and the starboard engine was set on fire. He could have turned for home, but on learning that the drop zone was just 3 minutes away he decided he would complete his mission. With the starboard engine burning furiously, Lord came down to 900ft where he was singled out by all the anti-aircraft guns. Un-daunted he held his course while the supplies were dropped. At the end of the run 2 containers remained. Lord circled, and made a second run to drop them. His task completed Lord ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft, making no attempt to do so himself, giving his crew members the best chance of baling out. By this time the plane was down to 500ft, at which point the wing collapsed and the aircraft fell in flames. There was only one survivor who was flung out while assisting other crew members. For his bravery Flight Lieutenant D.S.A. Lord DFC was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross.

Designed to meet an American Airlines requirement for an enlarged version of the DC-2, the DC-3 was first flown on December 17th, 1935. Capable of carrying 24 passengers at a cruising speed of 180 mph, the DC-3's speed and long range revolutionized commercial air travel in the 1930s and 40s, when it carried 90 percent of the world's air travelers. Early DC-3s used Wright R-1820 Cyclone engines, but Pratt & Whitney R-1830 Twin Wasp Radials were fitted to later versions; these engines had better single engine performance and allowed the DC-3 to fly at higher altitudes.
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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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