Oxford OXAA001 RAF Avro Anson Mk. I Multi-Role Aircraft - No. 500 Squadron, RAF Detling, England, 1940 (1:72 Scale)
"Never in the field of human conflict was so much owed by so many to so few."
- British Prime Minister Winston Churchill, commenting on the British airmen in the Battle of Britain
The Avro Anson is a British twin-engine, multi-role aircraft that served with the Royal Air Force, Fleet Air Arm, Royal Canadian Air Force and numerous other air forces before, during, and after the Second World War. Named after British Admiral George Anson, it was originally designed as an airliner as the Avro 652 before being redeveloped for maritime reconnaissance, but was soon rendered obsolete in both roles. However, it was rescued from obscurity by its suitability as a multi-engine air crew trainer, becoming the mainstay of the British Commonwealth Air Training Plan. By the end of production in 1952, the Anson spanned nine variants; a total of 8,138 were built in Britain by Avro. From 1941, a further 2,882 were built by Federal Aircraft Ltd. in Canada.
Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a Avro Anson Mk. I Multi-Role Aircraft that was attached to No. 500 Squadron, then deployed to RAF Detling, England, during 1940.
Back Order! Ship Date: May 2015.
Wingspan: 9-1/4 inches
Length: 7 inches
Release Date: November 2014
Historical Account: "County of Kent" - No. 500 (County of Kent) Squadron AAF was formed in 1931 as a Special Reserve squadron and in 1936 became part of the Auxiliary Air Force. It served in a number of roles before being disbanded in 1957.
On November 7th, 1938, the squadron saw another role change as it was transferred to RAF Coastal Command and became a general reconnaissance squadron flying on Anson Mk.Is. In April 1941 these were replaced with Blenheim Mk.IVs which the squadron used till November 1941, when Lockheed Hudsons took their place. Some of 500 squadron ground crew, went in with the first wave of Operation Torch on November 7th, to secure beachheads and airfields around Arzeu, North Africa. (Later, from December 1943, Hudsons were replaced with Lockheed Venturas Lockheed Ventura Mk.V's, until the squadron was completely equipped with them in April 1944). In September 1943, a Special Detachment of RAF 500 squadron was flown into Ghisonaccia, Corsica over several days while the Nazi's were still on the island with the orders ' to establish squatters rights'. The squadron later operated up through Italy. ( It was briefly disbanded on July 11th, 1944, but reformed soon after, handing over their Ventura's to No. 27 Squadron SAAF.