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27605 Corgi   Hurricane MK1 - P3576 J. B. Nicolson VC, 249 Sqn RAF £ 44.99
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  AA27605 Hawker Hurricane MK1, P3576 J. B. Nicolson VC, 249 Squadron, Boscombe Down, August 1940

Wing Commander Eric James Brindley Nicolson VC DFC was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry in the face of the enemy that can be awarded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was also the ONLY Fighter pilot to receive the VC; All the other Air related VCs going to heavier aircraft crew members.

Although the prototype Hawker Hurricane completed its first flight only four months before the much celebrated Spitfire, it is seen by many as being from a much earlier era of British aviation and is generally not held in the same regard as its more famous stablemate. It did, however, prove to be a vital component in Britainís defences during the early months of WWII, equipping more RAF Squadrons than any other fighter. Much easier to construct and repair than the Spitfire, the Hurricane shouldered much of the combat burden during the Battle of Britain and was responsible for destroying more Luftwaffe aircraft than the combined total of Britainís other defences, including the Spitfire. Rugged and reliable, the Hurricane was a supremely stable gun platform which could absorb a tremendous amount of battle damage and still bring its pilot home. Once back at base, a damaged Hurricane could be patched up and returned to the fray much quicker than the all metal and more labour intensive Spitfire.

The heroic actions of Fighter Commandís few during the Battle of Britain are the stuff of legend and it is rather surprising that only one pilot was awarded the Victoria Cross, Britainís highest military award for gallantry in the face of the enemy, during this significant period in British history. Flight Lieutenant James Brindley Nicolson was attacking a large number of Bf 110 fighters above Southampton, when his Hurricane Mk.I (P3576) began taking hits from behind Ė Messerschmitt Bf 109s flying top cover had surprised the British fighters, which were now in mortal danger. Suffering injury and with his aircraft starting to burn, Nicolson was in the process of bailing out when he noticed one of the Bf 110 destroyers passing right in front of his stricken aircraft. Climbing back into the burning cockpit of his Hurricane, he fired his guns into the Luftwaffe fighter, until the intense heat forced him to jump out of his aircraft. Suffering severe burns to his hands and a number of other wounds, Nicolson managed to parachute to safety and was immediately rushed to Southampton Hospital, by members of the Home Guard. James Nicolson returned to flight operations in September 1941, after recovering from his injuries.
 
 
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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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