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35311 Corgi   B-25 Mitchell II - FW130 MQ-A, 226 Squadron RAF (1,200 ONLY) £ 0.00
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  AA35311 - 1/72 North American B-25 Mitchell II FW130 MQ-A No226 Squadron Hartford Bridge, Hampshire June 1944 Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 8.75 inches. Limited edition of only 1,200 pieces

Whilst it was the heavy bombers of the RAF that gained much of the fame for the total devastation of the German lines of communication in France prior to D-Day, it was in fact the medium bombers of the 2nd Tactical Air Force that did much of the work. The Mitchells of 226 squadron took part in the bombing of Panzer Group West H.Q at Chateau de la Caine, on 10th June 1944. Aircraft like the B-25 Mitchell were available in large numbers and were able to accurately attack targets such as marshalling yards, bridges and railways lines. Losses could be heavy due to the daytime operations undertaken. One of the squadrons engaged in such operations was Sqn 226. They had been to France before, flying Fairey Battles in 1940, but they now flew the B-25 from RAF Hartford Bridge and were a powerful force in the skies over occupied Europe. The B-25 proved to be a capable medium bomber throughout the latter part of the war, being both reliable and tough.

Originally designed as an attack bomber for export to France and the UK, the B-25 Mitchell was first flown on August 19, 1940. Rejected by the countries it was designed for in favor of the new Douglas DB-7, the B-25 later entered service with the Army Air Corps as a medium bomber. Early in its service career, the B-25 became famous for its role in the Doolittle Raid. Nearly 10,000 B-25s were built by North American Aviation, and the aircraft's service spanned four decades. Named for aviation pioneer Billy Mitchell, the B-25 is the only US military aircraft to bear the name of an individual person.
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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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