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37202 Corgi   Halifax B111 - 578 Sqn RAF, Cyril Barton VC (2210 ONLY) £
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  The stunning 1/72 scale Halifax model features opening bomb doors, rotating turrets and optional undercarriage positions. This B Mark 111, LK797 LK-E of 578 Sqn RAF, as flown by Victoria Cross hero Cyril Barton, is typical of the type which formed part of the early 1,000 Bomber raids in April 1944.
Cyril Joe Barton was an English recipient of the Victoria Cross, the highest and most prestigious award for gallantry that can be warded to British and Commonwealth forces. He was 22 years old, and a Pilot officer in the 578 Squadron, Royal Air Force volunteer Reserve during WWII. On March 30, 944, in an attack on Nuremburg, Germany, 70 miles from the target PO Barton's Halifax bomber was badly damaged by enemy aircraft. A misinterpreted signal resulted in three of the crew bailing out, and PO Barton was left with no navigator, air bomber or wireless operator. He pressed on with the attack, however, releasing the bombs himself. On the return journey, as he crossed the English coast the fuel ran short, and with only one engine working, he crashed trying to void the houses of the village of Ryhope, near Sunderland, and was killed. His Victoria Ross is displayed at the royal Air Force Museum.
Bartons aircraft was fitted with Bristol Hercules Air cooled radial engines. Highly sought after limited edition of only 2,210, these models are now hard to find and must be seen to be appreciated.

Behind every great aircraft there is a bloody-minded, determined chief engineer/designer/Managing director. Sir Frederick Handley Page was such a man.
The largely unhindered competition between British aircraft manufacturers was always intense and resulted in greater and faster leaps in technological advances. One such was the Halifax bomber.

Designed to the same 1935 specification as the Avro Manchester, Sir Frederick must have got wind that the Rolls Royce Vulture engine was a ‘stinker’ and quickly moved to Bristol Hercules engines. Then the Air Ministry threw more spanners in the works and demanded suitability for dive bombing, tropical capability, a strengthened floor and an additional two engines. All four engines had to be Merlins. From the outset then, the Halifax was a compromise that conveniently allowed adaptations for towing, transportation, paratrooper and bombing duties. An unintentional bonus was that, should a crew have to face the terror of ditching in the sea, the extra floor strength meant their chances were far better than a Lancaster crew’s. Also, the Halifax floated for longer than a Lancaster – apparently!

However, all this adaptability had a price. The redundant requirement for dive bomber characteristics had led to a thicker wing which included cells for bomb carrying. This led to reduced performance and crucially, reduced altitude. Even when Sir Frederick got his way with the dropping of the front turret and adoption of four Bristol Hercules engines, the Halifax still used more fuel and carried 2000lb less ordnance than a Lancaster. Yet it was much appreciated by its crews, particularly those of coastal command and from introduction in November 1940 till the end of the war and during the early years of post-war transportation, the Halifax proved a sturdy and reliable workhorse.

Two restored examples exist. The one at the excellent Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington (just off the A64 York ring road) is a ‘bitsa’, made up of genuine components and decorated in the markings of ‘Friday the Thirteenth’, one of many illustrious Halifaxs. The other, NA337 was recovered from Lake Mjosa in Norway during 1995. Restoration was completed in 2005 and the Special Duties MkVII now resides at the RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario. An additional Halifax, W1048, was recovered from Lake Hoklingen, Norway, in 1973 and can be viewed in mostly un-restored condition at the RAF Museum, Hendon. This is the only extant Merlin powered Halifax MkII. During 2006, the remains of a transport Halifax, JP276 were found approximately 60 miles from Warsaw. There is some speculation that enough of the aircraft survives to warrant restoration and exhibition at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
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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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