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AA33316 Corgi   Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 'Little Miss Mischief' USAAF, £ 0.00
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  Corgi Aviation 1/72 scale AA33316: Boeing B-17G Flying Fortress 42-9780 'Little Miss Mischief', 324th Bomb Sqn, 91st Bombardment Group USAAF 1944. Limited edition of 1,100 models.

Length 12.25 inches Wingspan 17.25 inches

When ?Little Miss Mischief? joined the 91st Bomb Group on 15 June 1944, she looked just like any other natural metal replacement B-17G. Her first pilot, Joe Bessolo, named her Little Miss Mischief and went on to fly 27 of his 28 combat missions in her.

Her nose art, based on one of George Petty?s Esquire centerfolds, was painted by the 91st Bomb Groups Tony Starcer,. Upon finishing his task, Starcer told Bessolo ?I outdid myself on this one!? Few people would have disagreed that LMM was one of the best of the more than 130 creations that came from the brush of one of the war?s most famous nose art artists. But she would be remembered for more than just great nose art?unlike the typical B-17, she combined an amazing combat history with an unusual appearance.

LMM did her job well, and after Joe Bessolo?s crew completed their tour she was taken over by other crews. Lt Paul McDowell was flying her on the 15 October 1944 mission to Koln (Cologne) when she became a victim of antiaircraft fire. Flak blew a large hole in the left side of the fuselage just above the ball turret, trapping gunner Sgt Ed Abdo inside. The same explosion wounded right waist gunner Glenn Slaughter. The rudder and trim cables were shot through as well.
McDowell salvoed the bombs while flight engineer Jim Hobbs grabbed and repaired the control cables flapping in the waist. Ball turret gunner Abdo was given blankets and oxygen bottles, and administered himself morphine, amazingly surviving the whole ordeal. The aircraft dropped down to lower altitude and flying at only about 100 miles per hour eventually made it home to Bassingbourn. Before landing the crew had to crank the landing gear down by hand. The fact that the aircraft had suffered such major damage, yet stayed intact long enough to bring her crew home, was a testament to the strength of the Flying Fortress and the indomitable spirit of the people who built them. But, it certainly appeared that LMM had flown her final mission.

At the 441st Sub Depot, the service unit attached to the 91st Bomb Group, Col Frank Kamykowski decided to make an extraordinary effort to repair this ship. He combined its undamaged front portion and wings with the rear fuselage from an older aircraft, most likely 42-31405 ?Walleroo Mk. 2,? a camouflaged B-17G-15-BO that had served with the 303rd Bomb Group?s 359th Bomb Squadron and was salvaged on 12 August 1944. By the time they were finished the repaired plane incorporated parts from 13 different aircraft!

LMM?s ?half and half? finish made her one of the most conspicuous aircraft in the Eighth Air Force. After yet another raid on K?ln, she was forced to make an emergency landing at Merville, France, on 6 January 1945, remaining on the continent for about a month. She rejoined the 91st upon her return, but lost an engine on 4 April 1945 while setting out to attack Fassberg, Germany, and was forced to abort the mission. Upon return to Bassingbourn her landing gear collapsed on landing and she again suffered major damage.

Repaired yet again, she transferred to the 306th Bomb Group at Thurleigh in May 1945. Presumably she was eventually scrapped?a sad end for one of the thousands of aluminum warriors that refused to stop fighting. All told, she flew more than 50 combat missions.

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

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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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