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36506 Corgi   Typhoon Mk1 - 247 Sqn RAF, D-Day, June 1944 (1,500) £
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA36506: Hawker Typhoon Mk I of 247 China British Squadron, RAF Hurn, England, D-Day June 1944. Limited Edition of only 1500 Pieces.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 7 inches

One of the greatest fears of the planners of Operation Overlord, was a counter-attack by Germany's Panzer Divisions. On June 10th, 1944, secret messages decoded at Bletchley Park located the Headquarters of Panzer Group West at the Chateau de la Caine, near Caen. The RAF's 2nd Tactical Air Force was ordered to carry out an attack and a force of Hawker Typhoons and B-25 Mitchells was prepared. The force took off from airfields in Southern England in the early evening and Panzer Group West's senior staff officers were sitting down to dinner in the Chateau's elegant dining room as seventeen Typhoons of 181 and 247 Squadrons released a total of 136 rockets. This devastating attack was followed by a saturation raid by the B-25 medium bombers and a further force of Typhoons. Panzer GroupWest had literally ceased to exist and any plans for an armoured counter-offensive were destroyed in what has become known in RAF folklore as 'The Dinner Raid'. The Germans took days to reorganize giving Allied ground forces vital time to secure the Normandy beach-head.

Designed by Sydney Camm for the British Air Ministry, the Typhoon was first flown on February 24th, 1940. The large under-fuselage chin radiator gave the Typhoon a menacing look, and was its most notable identifying physical feature. Powered by a Napier Sabre 24 cylinder engine-which gave it a top speed in excess of 400 mph-and fitted with air-to-ground rockets and two underwing bombs, it made an exceptional fighter-bomber hybrid. The Typhoon could engage ground targets and still hold its own against German bombers and fighters. It proved especially adept at engaging marauding Fw-190 on the British coast.
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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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