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RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II Fighter - "B" Flight, No. 615 ("County of Surrey") Squadron, France, 1940 (1:72 Scale)
RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II Fighter - "B" Flight, No. 615 ("County of Surrey") Squadron, France, 1940

Oxford Diecast RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II Fighter RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II Fighter - "B" Flight, No. 615 Squadron, France, 1940




 
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Oxford AC023 RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II Fighter - "B" Flight, No. 615 ("County of Surrey") Squadron, France, 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

One of the only biplane fighters to have any measurable success in the Second World War, the Gloster Gladiator was the product of a bygone era combining with modernity for one last fling. The Gladiator was obsolete by September 1939, but it still had what it took to make a significant impact on history. Air Ministry specification F.7/30 realized (correctly) that future fighters were going to be faster and better armed.

Unfortunately, the delay in placing an order lasted 4 and a half years, by which time war was approaching, and it was realized that biplanes were soon to be judged obsolete. Folland created the S.S.37, which was the best design, and was accepted. It was really obsolete by the time of its first flight. However, since nothing else had arrived to replace the aging Bulldog fighter, the Gloster was readily accepted, and was the main fighter of the RAF until the Hawker Hurricane was delivered. By 1939, four squadrons were still operational with Gladiators.

Gladiators formed the core of the British Expeditionary Force's Advanced Striking Force in France in 1939. Many served in Belgium and the Netherlands, and many were present for the collapse of France. After 1940, most that still remained with the RAF worked as Meteorological Reconnaisance Aircraft.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a RAF Gloster Gladiator Mk. II fighter that was assigned to "B" Flight, No. 615 ("County of Surrey") Squadron, then deployed to France during 1940. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 5-1/4-inches
Length: 4-1/2-inches

Release Date: October 2011

Historical Account: "County of Surrey" - No. 615 squadron went to France as part of the Air Component of the BEF in November 1939, having re-equipped with Gloster Gladiators in May. Conversion to Hawker Hurricanes took place just prior to the German invasion of France, but by 20 May 1940 the squadron was back at Kenley. "B" Flight were based at Saint Inglevert during the early part of 1940. 615 squadron took part in the early actions of the Battle of Britain, but then moved to Scotland to rest. It later took part in offensive sweeps over Europe and defense duties in Wales, before moving to India in April 1942.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Spinning propeller
  • Realistic wire rigging
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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Price, Appearance July 9, 2012
Reviewer: Thaddeus Adamaszek from Reynoldsburg, OH United States  
Excellent model for the price.

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