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33815 Corgi   P-47D Thunderbolt - 56th FG, Bud Mahurin 1944 £ 49.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive US33815: Republic P-47D Thunderbolt of 56th FG, 64rd FS, "Spirit of Atlantic City", Bud Mahurin, 1944. Limited edition of 1810 pieces. Intended mainly for US only issue.

Capt 'Bud' Mahurin shot down a total of 18.75 aircraft, ranging from Fw 190s to a Ju 88, whilst with the 56th FG. This War Bond presentation aircraft (the second assigned to Mahurin) was used for three of these victories the first two (Fw 190s) were achieved in C-2 42-6259/UN-V on 17 of August, and he claimed a Bf 109 (and a second damage) in D-11 42-75278/UN-B on 29 of November. Unusual in that it retained its full squadron code letters (the inscription tended to replace the two letters on the other subscriber- purchased P-47s), this machine is not known to have had any other form of personal marking on the starboard side. Mahurin was shot down in 42-8487 on 27 of March 1944 by the rear gunner of a Do 217 that he had helped destroy south of Chartres. Rescued by the French Resistance he was brought back to the UK in a SOE Lysander. Mahurin then got himself assigned to the Philippines, commanding fighters in the Third Air Commando group. Switching to the P-51 Mustang, he scored one more kill; a Mitsubishi Dinah. As a young fighter pilot, Bud Mahurin was always photographed with a big smile on his face, especially in his early WWII photographs. He couldn't have known that he would be one of the new US fighter pilots who would be shot down in both theatres of WW11 (Europe and Asia) and in two different wars (WW11 and Korea). He also couldn't have known he'd become a fighter ace, a POW and an American hero. During World War II he was credited with 19.75 aerial victories, making him the sixth-highest American P-47 ace. He was credited with shooting down 3.5 MiG-15s in Korea, giving him a total of 23.25 aircraft destroyed in aerial combat. Mahurin was the only US Air Force pilot to shoot down enemy aircraft in the European theatre, the Pacific and in Korea.

Designed by Alexander Kartveli meeting a USAAC requirement for a heavy fighter, the P-47 was first flown on May 6th, 1941. Later models featured a "bubble-top" canopy rather than the sharply peaked "razorback" fuselage which resulted in poor visibility for the aircraft's pilot. The P-47, a deadly pursuit aircraft, featured 8 x 12.7mm machine guns; all mounted in the wings. Even with the complicated turbosupercharger system, the sturdy airframe and tough radial engine, the P-47 ("Jug" or "Juggernaut" as it was nicknamed) could absorb damage and still return home. Built in greater quantities than any other US fighter, the P-47 was the heaviest single-engine WWII fighter and the first piston-powered fighter to exceed 500 mph.
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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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