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Corgi WWII Night Air War Series: 1939-1945

Corgi WWII Night Air War Series: 1939-1945

Air warfare was a major component in all theaters of World War II, and, together with anti-aircraft warfare, consumed a large fraction of the industrial output of the major powers. Germany and Japan depended on air forces that were closely integrated with land and naval forces; the Axis powers downplayed the advantage of fleets of strategic bombers, and were late in appreciating the need to defend against Allied strategic bombing. By contrast, Britain and the United States took an approach that greatly emphasised strategic bombing, and (to a lesser degree) tactical control of the battlefield by air, as well as adequate air defences. Both Britain and the U.S. built substantially larger strategic forces of large, long-range bombers. Simultaneously, they built tactical air forces that could win air superiority over the battlefields, thereby giving vital assistance to ground troops. The U.S. and Royal Navy also built a powerful naval-air component based on aircraft carriers, as did the Japanese; these played the central role in the war at sea

#AA39504 - RAF Short Stirling Mk. III Heavy Bomber - "The Gremlin Teaser", No.199 Squadron, RAF Lakenheath, England, 1943 (1:72 Scale)

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RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Fighter - Squadron Leader Ian Richard "Widge" Gleed, No.87 Squadron, Exeter, England, 1940 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk. I Fighter - Squadron Leader Ian Richard "Widge" Gleed, No.87 Squadron, Exeter, England, 1940 (1:72 Scale)

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.

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RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Night Fighter -  N1801 / PS-Y "Coimbatore II", Desmond Hughes, No.264 Squadron, RAF Rochford, England, 1941 RAF Boulton Paul Defiant Mk. I Night Fighter - N1801 / PS-Y "Coimbatore II", Desmond Hughes, No.264 Squadron, RAF Rochford, England, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The Boulton Paul Defiant was a result of an Air Ministry specification (F.9/35) issued before the onset of WWII. It was a low-wing, cantilever monoplane, two-seat fighter of all-metal construction, with retractable landing gear, looking not unlike the Hurricane.

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RCAF De Havilland Mosquito B Mk. VI Fighter-Bomber - James Forrest "Lou" Luma, No.418 Intruder Squadron, "Moonbeam McSwine", Debden, England, January 22nd, 1944 RCAF De Havilland Mosquito B Mk. VI Fighter-Bomber - James Forrest "Lou" Luma, No.418 Intruder Squadron, "Moonbeam McSwine", Debden, England, January 22nd, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The "Mossie," as it was known affectionately by its British crews, was both simple in construction and design. It was a twin engine, single boom aircraft that placed the pilot and navigator in a side-by-side sitting configuration. The Mosquito was one of the most cost effective aircraft ever built because it was constructed out of wood.

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RAF Bristol Beaufort Mk.1 Torpedo Bomber - N1016 (OA-X), Pilot Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell, No.22 Squadron, RAF Cornwall, England, 1941 RAF Bristol Beaufort Mk.1 Torpedo Bomber - N1016 (OA-X), Pilot Flying Officer Kenneth Campbell, No.22 Squadron, RAF Cornwall, England, 1941 (1:72 Scale)

Developed as a private venture by the Bristol Aeroplane Company, the Beaufighter was a two-seat all-metal fighter using components from the Beaufort torpedo-bomber. First flown on July 17th, 1939, the Beaufighter eventually equipped 52 RAF squadrons, giving outstanding service during World War II, in particular as a night-fighter and torpedo-bomber (where the aircraft were affectionally known as 'Torbeaus').

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RNZAF Vickers Wellington Mk. IC Medium Bomber - L7818, Sgt. James Allen Ward, No.75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, July 1941 RNZAF Vickers Wellington Mk. IC Medium Bomber - L7818, Sgt. James Allen Ward, No.75 (NZ) Squadron, RAF Feltwell, Norfolk, July 1941 (1:72 Scale)

The twin-engine Wellington was the mainstay of Bomber Command until 1942, when the four-engine heavy bombers entered service. The Wellington prototype took to the air for the first time in June 1936 and production models entered service with the Royal Air Force in October 1938.

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RAF Short Stirling Mk. III Heavy Bomber - "The Gremlin Teaser", No.199 Squadron, RAF North Creake, England, 1944 RAF Short Stirling Mk. III Heavy Bomber - "The Gremlin Teaser", No.199 Squadron, RAF North Creake, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale)

The Short Stirling was the first four-engined British heavy bomber of the Second World War. The Stirling was designed and built by Short Brothers to an Air Ministry specification from 1936, and entered service in 1941.

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