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34805 Corgi   Wellington Mk VIII - 172 Sqn, RAF Coastal Command, Greswell £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34805: Vickers Wellington Mk VIII of 172 Sqn, RAF Coastal Command as flown by Jeaffreson Greswell, 1942, Features working Leigh Light. Limited edition of 1,940 pieces.

Length 10.25 inches Wingspan 14.25 inches

Jeaffreson Greswell joined the Royal Air Force in 1935 and served for over thirty years. Much of his war time service was spent with RAF Coastal Command operating on convoy protection duties. Initially flying Ansons with 217 Squadron RAF and later in Wellingtons, promoted to squadron leader with 172 Squadron RAF. He was heavily involved in the development and testing of the 'Leigh Light' illumination system used effectively in the war against the U-boat menace. On the first serious test of the system in 1942, a Wellington piloted by Greswell, located two U-boats and seriously damaged both with depth charges and machinegun fire.

On his return from a detachment in the United States, where he had overseen American manufacturers on the fitting of the Leigh Light system in Liberators and trained aircrew in its use, Greswell was promoted to wing commander and posted to 179 Squadron RAF in Gibraltar.

At the end of the war Greswell was placed on the reserve list of RAF officers. Upon recall in the 1950s he was promoted to group captain and his post war appointments included involvement in the air support planning for the British forces landings in Egypt during the Suez crisis in 1956.[2]

On promotion to air commodore in June 1964, Greswell was appointed as the 11th Commandant of the Royal Observer Corps during a period which saw the greatest reorganisation and upheaval in the organisationís history.

In April 1942 the Wellington GR Mk.VIII entered service with No.172 squadron of Coastal Command. The GR.VIII was a modified Mk.IC bomber, with ASV Mk.II radar installed and in some cases also a Leigh Light. On the 3/4th June 1942 the first attack on a surfaced submarine at night using a Leigh Light was carried out by a Vickers Wellington of No. 172 Squadron, RAF Coastal Command, flown by Squadron Leader J.H. Greswell. The target was the Italian Navy Marconi Class submarine Luigi Torelli. When illuminated, the submarine initially remained on the surface and fired recognition flares, believing the aircraft to be friendly. The Wellington then dropped four Mk8 depth charges, damaging the submarine. No.172 Squadron was formed neither at Chive nor on the 4th April 1942 from No.1417 (Leigh Light) Flight had formed on the 8th March to operate Wellingtons equipped with airborne searchlights on anti-submarine patrols. In August 1942, seven aircraft were detached to Wick for patrols over the North Sea and were the basis of No.179 Squadron when it formed on 14 September. Patrols over the Western Approaches and Bay of Biscay led to many sightings and in March 1943 the Squadron's Wellingtons were fitted with ASV Mark III radar to guide the aircraft into a position where their searchlights could be exposed to reveal a U-boat. This method soon brought results, U-665 being sunk on the 20th March and the overall squadron averaged one sighting for every four sorties. Between October 1943 and April 1944 detachments were based at Gibraltar and later, in the Azores. In September 1944, No.172 moved to Northern Ireland and flew patrols over the Atlantic until disbanded on the 4th June 1945.

Vickers Wellington Mk VIII
Designed to meet a British Air Ministry specification for a two-engine bomber, the Wellington was first flown on June 15th, 1936. Used as a night bomber in the early years of the Second World War, the Wellington defended itself with machine guns: two in the front turret, four in the rear turret and an additional two in beam positions. Later in the war, the Wellington served as maritime patrol, anti-submarine. Equipped with radar and used as an Early Warning and Control aircraft, it operated at an altitude of some 4,000 ft over the North Sea, controlling Mosquito fighters intercepting He 111 bombers.
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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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