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34012 Corgi   B-24 Liberator BMkVI - 223 Sqn Bomber Support Unit, RAF £ 149.99
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  Corgi Aviation Archive AA34012: Consolidated B-24 Liberator BMkVI of 223 Sqn Bomber Support Unit, RAF Oulton, England, 1944. Limited Edition of 1400 Pieces.

Length 11.25 inches Wingspan 18.25 inches

223 Squadron reformed in England on 23 August 1944 as a Bomber Support squadron as part of 100 Group of RAF Bomber Command. Flying Liberator and Fortress four-engined bombers on radio counter measures missions from RAF Oulton, Norfolk, they helped to disrupt German night defences by jamming its radar and communications.

In January 1939, the U.S. Army Air Corps asked Consolidated to submit a design for a bomber with higher range and greater capacity than Boeing's B-17 Flying Fortress. The resulting design became the most-produced American combat aircraft in Air Corps history. The Liberator BMkVI was the RAF designation for the B-24J.

Designed to fill a United States Army Air Corps need for a heavy bomber, the B-24 Liberator was first flown on December 29, 1939. The USAAC originally asked Consolidated to build the B-17 under license, but the company instead chose to submit a more modern design with greater speed, greater range and a heavier bomb load. Despite these advantages, the B-24 was more difficult to fly, had poor formation-flying characteristics, and was much more vulnerable to battle damage, which meant it never became the favored bomber among American aircrews. It did prove more than serviceable, however, especially for long-range missions.
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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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