Hobby Master HA4204 RAAF Douglas A-20G Havoc Light Attack Bomber - A28-60, DU-P "Hilda Shane", No. 22 Squadron,New Guinea, Late 1944 (1:72 Scale)
"Why should we have a navy at all? There are no enemies for it to fight except apparently the Army Air Force."
- General Carl Spaatz, Commander of the US 8th Army Air Force, after WWII
The Douglas A-20/DB-7 Havoc was a family of American attack, light bomber and night fighter aircraft of World War II, that served with several Allied air forces, principally those of the Soviet Union, United Kingdom, and United States. The DB-7 was also used by the air forces of Australia, South Africa, France, and the Netherlands during the war, and Brazil afterwards. The bomber aircraft was known as Boston among British and Commonwealth air forces, while the Royal Air Force night fighter variants were given the service name Havoc. The United States Army Air Forces assigned the DB-7 the designation "A-20" and gave it the popular name "Havoc".
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a Royal Australian Air Force Douglas A-20G Havoc Light Attack Bomber was nicknamed "Hilda Shane", and attached to 22 Squadron, then deployed to New Guinea, during late 1944. Special Order!
Wingspan: 8-1/4 inches
Length: 11-3/4 inches
Release Date: October 2013
Historical Account: "Valiant and Brave" - 22 squadron reformed in 1934 in the torpedo bomber role, flying Vickers Vildebeests and later Bristol Beauforts. In this role, the unit flew sorties over the North Sea from North Coates, Thorney Island, St Eval and Portreath. In April 1941, a pilot of the unit, F/O Kenneth Campbell, was posthumously awarded the Victoria Cross for a daring attack on the Gneisenau in Brest harbor.
Moving to the Mediterranean in 1942, the unit was posted in North Africa before being moved to the Far East and re-equipping with the Bristol Beaufighter. 22 Squadron continued its anti-shipping role, this time using rockets. The squadron disbanded for the third time a month after war's end.