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AA31914 Corgi   Supermarine Spitfire Mk V - 249 Sqn RAF, Beurling, RAF Takal £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA31914: Supermarine Spitfire Mk V BR323 of 249 Sqn RAF, George Beurling, RAF Takali, Malta, July 1942. Limited Edition of
2,950 Pieces.

Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

Between June 1940 and December 1942, Malta became one of the most bombed places on Earth. The battle for this tiny island proved to be one of the most decisive turning points of World War II. Malta, like Britain, was ill-prepared for war and when the first Italian bombers arrived over the island on June 11, 1940, had just a handful of loaned and modified Royal Navy Gloster Gladiator biplanes with which to defend the island. The first few Hurricanes arrived shortly after, although as soon as the Luftwaffe appeared over the island in January 1941, these fighter planes, which had done such sterling work during the Battle of Britain were shown to be massively inferior both in terms of numbers and performance to the German Messerschmitt 106Fs & Gs. Compounding the problems were the lack of spares and maintenance equipment, which meant that Malta's aircraft rarely operated at maximum performance anyway. By the end of January, the island had just 28 Hurricanes remaining from the 340 that had been delivered since the siege began. Many had been destroyed on the ground; the island's three airfields were bombed and strafed repeatedly. In March 1942, Takali airfield became the most bombed Allied airfirld in the history of warfare: 302 tons of bombs were dropped in a 24 hour period, more than had destroyed Coventry in November 1940. As elsewhere, Malta's fighter pilots were drawn from around the world: Britain, Canada, USA, Rhodesia, South Africa, Australia and New Zealand. Many men made their reputations in the frantic struggle over Malta's skies, but perhaps none more than Canadian George "Screwball" Beurling. Arguably the most naturally gifted Allied fighter pilot of the war, Beurling shot down no less than 26 confirmed enemy aircraft between July and October 1942. No other Allied pilot could claim more victories in such a short time. BR323/S was flown predominantly by Beurling, it was initially damaged in two sorties he made on 6th July and grounded until the 10th and was then written off two days later after suffering further damage whilst being flown by another pilot.

Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force's major actions.
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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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