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Spitfire Flown by Sir Douglas Bader (Ace Credited w/ 22 Aerial Victories), WWII Display Model 

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Thomas Gunn 1:30 WOW196
Spitfire Flown by Sir Douglas Bader (Ace Credited w/ 22 Aerial Victories), WWII Display Model
World War II

Historical Note:



All Thomas Gunn aircraft are hand carved in mahogany and take around 60 hours to manufacture, each comes with a full interior and all are limited editions.


**No figures included.

The Supermarine Spitfire was a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and other Allied countries before, during and after World War II. Many variants of the Spitfire were built, using several wing configurations, it was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft. It was also the only British fighter produced continuously throughout the war. The Spitfire was designed as a short-range, high-performance interceptor aircraft by R. J. Mitchell, chief designer at Supermarine Aviation Works, which operated as a subsidiary of Vickers-Armstrong from 1928. Mitchell pushed the Spitfire's distinctive elliptical wing designed by Beverley Shenstone to have the thinnest possible cross-section, giving the aircraft a higher top speed than several contemporary fighters, including the Hawker Hurricane. Mitchell continued to refine the design until his death in 1937, whereupon his colleague Joseph Smith took over as chief designer, overseeing the Spitfire's development through its multitude of variants. During the Battle of Britain, from July to October 1940, the public perceived the Spitfire to be the main RAF fighter, though the more numerous Hurricane shouldered a greater proportion of the burden against Nazi Germany's air force, the Luftwaffe. However Spitfire units had a lower attrition rate and a higher victory-to-loss ratio than those flying Hurricanes because of the fighter's higher performance. During the Battle, Spitfires were generally tasked with engaging Luftwaffe fighters-mainly Messerschmitt Bf 109E series aircraft-which were a close match for them, whereas the Hurricanes were used to engage the slower German bombers. This variant of the Spitfire was one flown by Sir Douglas Bader and ace credited with 22 aerial victories, four shared, six probable's and eleven enemy aircraft damaged. Bader joined the RAF in 1928 as a pilot and it was whilst carrying out aerial acrobatics he crashed and lost both his legs. The RAF discharged Bader against his will but he was able to rejoin the RAF on the outbreak of war. Bader scored his victories during the Dunkirk and Battle of Britain campaigns, only to be shot down in August 1941. Despite the lack of a leg (confiscated by the Luftwaffe) Bader made several escape attempts and was eventually sent to Colditz Castle prisoner of war camp. He remained there until US forces liberated the castle in 1945. After the war Bader left the RAF and went to work in the oil industry, he only stopped flying at the age of 69 and died of a heart attack at the age of 82 years old. Our 1/30 scale Mahogany model is limited to 8 pieces worldwide.

Info: Spitfire Flown by Sir Douglas Bader (Ace Credited w/ 22 Aerial Victories), WWII Display Model - No figures included.

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Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX TA805 (07:47)
Video and Audio content is Copyright © 2013 Malcolm Auld This video and audio material may not be used in any form without written permission. Supermarine Spitfire LF Mk IX TA805 FX-M was built at Castle Bromwich in 1944. After delivery to the RAF it went to 29 Maintenance Unit (MU) in December 1944. From there she transferred to 39 MU in 1945 before getting her first operational assignment with 183 Squadron at Chilbolton in June 1945. From 183 Squadron she was transferred to 234 Squadron at RAF Bentwaters in July 1945 before going to 29 MU and being stored. Eventually she was sold to the South African Air Force in 1949 where it served until she was sold to the South African Metal & Machinery Co. in Cape Town, before being scrapped in 1954. Her remains finally got to the South African Museum at Snake Valley. On that spot her remains were discovered and eventually returned to the United Kingdom in 1981. The Spitfire was owned by Steve Atkins, Oxford, UK from 1989 to 1995 and her remains were sent to the Isle of Wight as a restoration project in 1995. She got new owners in 1996, being Peter R. Monk & Mike Simpson from Maidstone, Kent from 1996 to 2002. She was passed to the Aircraft Restoration Company at Duxford who completed the re-build. On December 7, 2005 she made her first flight out of Duxford after restoration. Being painted in original markings TA805/FX-M while she was assigned to 234 Squadron at RAF Bentwaters in 1945. There she was part of a wing of 24 Squadrons led by legendary Battle of Britain ace and later famous test pilot Wing Commander Roland P. Beamont. She bears the inscription "Spirit of Kent" on the fuselage as a tribute to Kent that was the only county in the UK to have paid for an entire RAF Squadron. This was all done due to the initiative of Lord Cornwallis who raised money for the Kent County Spitfire Fund that financed the complete 131 "County of Kent" Squadron. The Kent Spitfire as she is known, has here home at Biggin Hill, Kent since 2006. This was also the base where the County of Kent Squadron was based in the first days of existence.
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