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33305 Corgi   B-17G Flying Fortress 2nd Patches 99th BG, 346th BS, USAAF £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA33305: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 2nd Patches of the 99th BG, 346th BS, USAAF, Tortella, Spain, 1944. Limited Edition of 1900 Pieces.

Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches

On 31st March 1944 B-17F 'Patches' of the 346th BS/99th BG effectively 'switched' places with B-17G 42-38201 of the 815th BS/483rd BG. The latter aircraft is seen here with a replacement wing panel, fin and crew access door. It carries 20 mission symbols and wears 99th BG late war markings with the addition of a shark-toothed chin turret which is a point of debate over when or if it, in fact, had been decorated as such. The black diamond Y represents the 99th Bomb Group and the 'I' the 346th Bomber Squadron. '2nd Patches' crashed on take off on the 24th August 1844 and was salvaged, whilst the original 'Patches' only survived until 31st March 1944.

Designed to meet a US Army Air Corps requirement for a multi-engined bomber to replace the B-10, the B-17 first flew on July 18, 1935. Best known for its role in the US Army Air Forces' daylight strategic bombing campaign during World War II, the B-17 could fly high and had a long range, and was capable of defending itself from enemy fighters. It was also tough, withstanding extensive battle damage, and was capable of carrying a 6,000 lb bombload. The B-17 became one of the symbols of Allied air power, equipping 32 overseas combat groups and dropping a total of 580,631 metric tons of bombs on European targets.

As of 2020, 46 B-17 airframes survive, of which 10 remain airworthy.
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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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