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AA39205 Corgi   Supermarine Spitfire Mk II - 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF, William Dun £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA39205: Supermarine Spitfire Mk II P7308 of 71 (Eagle) Sqn RAF, William Dunn, North Weald 1941. Limited Edition of 1,500 models.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

William R. Dunn was the first American ace of the Second World War. First flying Hurricanes with 71 Squadron, he shot down his first enemy machines in July 1941, before becoming an ace flying Spitfires with the same unit in August. It was while flying this machine that Dunn was forced to land at Hawkinge, in Kent, after sustaining injuries to his leg in combat over occupied France. After this, Dunn went on to lecture on air combat across various units in both Great Britain and the USA. He then joined the USAAF and flew combat missions again over occupied Europe, downing a Messerschmitt Bf110 in an unusual manner, with a salvo of 5 inch rockets. The Eagle Squadron was made up from American volunteers and proved to be a formidable fighting force. Equipped firstly with Hurricanes, the squadron then used Spitfire Mk.IIs until being upgraded to the RAF's latest cannon equipped Spitfire Mk.Vb in late 1941. They were disbanded once America entered the war properly and its air arm arrived in England in 1942, with the Eagle Squadron and their machines being turned over the fledgling Eighth Air Force.

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

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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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