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RAF Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA(SD) Reconnaissance Aircraft - V9822, No. 161 Squadron, Special Operations, Tangmere, England, 1944 (1:72 Scale)
RAF Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA(SD) Reconnaissance Aircraft - V9822, No. 161 Squadron, Special Operations, Tangmere, England, 1944

Corgi RAF Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA(SD) Reconnaissance Aircraft - V9822, No. 161 Squadron, Special Operations, Tangmere, England, 1944




 
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Corgi AA36809 RAF Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA(SD) Reconnaissance Aircraft - V9822, No. 161 Squadron, Special Operations, Tangmere, England, 1944 (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 Westland Lysander (nickname the "Lizzie") is a British army co-operation and liaison aircraft produced by Westland Aircraft used immediately before and during the Second World War. After becoming obsolete in the army co-operation role, the aircraft's exceptional short-field performance enabled clandestine missions using small, improvised airstrips behind enemy lines to place or recover agents, particularly in occupied France with the help of the French Resistance. British Army air co-operation aircraft were named after mythical or historical military leaders; in this case the Spartan admiral Lysander was chosen.

Three squadrons of Mk. Is and three of Mk. Us equipped during 1938/39 moved to France with BEF in 1939; about 50 Westland Lysanders were shot down and 30 destroyed on the ground in May 1940.

Pictured here is a 1:72 scale replica of a RAF Westland Lysander Mk. IIIA(SD) reconnaissance aircraft that was attached to No. 161 Squadron, Special Operations. Now in stock!

Dimensions:
Wingspan: 8-1/4-inches
Length: 5-1/4-inches

Release Date: June 2019

Historical Account: "Special Operations Service" - With its famed short field landing and take-off performance, the distinctive Westland Lysander was in widespread service at the beginning of the Second World War, performing such duties as Army cooperation, artillery spotting, reconnaissance and light bombing missions. The Battle of France was disastrous for Lysander units, proving the vulnerability of the aircraft and its inability to defend itself against fighter attack, however, despite this, large numbers of Lysanders would have been sent against landing German forces, had their planned invasion of Britain took place the following year.

Significantly, the performance of the Lysander made it the ideal aircraft to undertake clandestine nocturnal operations into enemy occupied France and a number of aircraft were specially modified to transport and recover agents and people of interest, working with the Special Operations Executive and the French resistance. Unarmed and using nothing more than maps, compass and the moonlight for navigation, these dangerous missions were flown at low level to avoid detection and landing in fields which were marked by the French resistance. Knowing that the Germans would show them no mercy if they were captured during one of these missions, they helped to provide essential intelligence to Allied military planners in advance of the D-Day landings and required levels of flying skill, bravery and tenacity which were only found in a small number of special airmen.

Features
  • Diecast construction
  • Interchangeable landing gear
  • Spinning propeller
  • Accurate markings and insignia
  • Comes with display stand

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