Corgi AA32020 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Fighter - Wing Commander Bob Foster, "Battle of Britain", No. 73 Squadron, Croydon, 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 Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane to join the Royal Air Force as a fighter aircraft, capable of reaching speeds in excess of 300-mph in level flight. Often compared with the sleek-looking Supermarine Spitfire, the Hurricane, in actuality, shouldered the brunt of the fighting during the "Battle of Britain", equipping more than three-fifths of the RAF's Fighter Command squadrons. When it lost its edge as a dogfighter in 1941, the Hurricane took on a number of other roles, including ground attack missions and maritime combat air patrols.
This particular 1:72 scale replica of a RAF Hurricane Mk. I was piloted by Wing Commander Bob Foster, who was attached to No. 73 Squadron, then deployed to Rouvres, France, during the spring of 1940. Sold Out!
Wingspan: 6 inches
Length: 5 inches
Release Date: May 2010
Historical Account: "Promotion from Within" - Only days after war was declared, Foster was posted as the Senior Personnel Officer at the headquarters of No. 2 Group. Late 1939 saw Foster appointed Officer Commanding No. 110 Squadron and in 1940 he was the Station Commander of RAF Wyton.
In January 1942, Foster took up command of No. 214 Group and in October that year he received an acting promotion to air commodore and was posted as Air Officer Commanding (AOC) No. 213 Group. The following March, Foster was engaged in staff duties at Mediterranean Air Command before being appointed AOC RAF Malta and receiving acting promotion to air vice-marshal. Later, in 1944, he served as Head of the Air Commission in Italy which effectively granted him command of the Italian Air Force. Foster did not spend long as Head of the Air Commission, being posted as AOC the Desert Air Force in North Africa.
Following the defeat of the Germany, Foster served on the Control Commission in Austria as the Chief of the Air Division. Only days later the post became AOC RAF Austria.