Hawker Hurricane Mk I – 32 Sqn, Pete Brothers, RAF Biggin Hill, Battle of Britain 1940 (Unboxed Displayed)
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Corgi Aviation Archive Warbirds WB99603: Hawker Hurricane Mk I of 32 Sqn, Pete Brothers, RAF Biggin Hill, England, Summer 1940. Unlike the original model this uniquely has optional position undercarriage and a pilot figure, plus display stand.
Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.75 inches
PLEASE NOTE: this is a previously displayed, unboxed model. It is complete and ready for you to display, plus slightly different to the original model when manufactured. It is perfect if you are on a low budget and/or not bothered about having a box. It could have the odd minor paint defect but is guaranteed to look superb in your display cabinet alongside any other models. However as it is purchased with possible defects returns are not possible. Please do not purchase if you are expecting a perfect example.
Air Commodore Peter Malam ‘Pete’ Brothers, CBE, DSO, DFC Bar (30 September 1917 – 18 December 2008 ) was a famed World War II Royal Air Force fighter pilot during the Battle of Britain. Brothers was scored a total of 16 kills during the Second World War, 10 of which were during the Battle of Britain. Brothers first saw action during the Battle of Britain as a flight commander on 32 Squadron RAF which was then based at RAF Biggin Hill flying Hurricane aircraft. Hurricane Mk I GZ-L was flown by acting F/L Peter M “Pete” Brothers, who had a Blue Peter flag pained below the cockpit on the port side. The B Flight leader had his rigger file down the wing rivets and swap the external rear view mirror for a locally bought curved car mirror inside the cockpit to reduce the level of drag. The result was the fastest Hawker fighter on 32 Squadron RAF by at least 5mph, according to the 23-year-old pilot. The Battle of Britain was a very busy time for Brothers, and during this time he shot down his first enemy aircraft (a Bf 109) by the end of August 1940 he was officially recognised as a Flying ace, having shot down eight enemy aircraft. He was awarded the Distinguished Flying Cross for this actions. Brothers was promoted substantive flight lieutenant on 3 September 1940, and due to the level of losses within 32 Sqn, it was stood down, and on 9 September he was posted to 257 Squadron RAF (also based at RAF Biggin Hill) on 9 September as a Flight Commander under S/L Robert Stanford Tuck. He was promoted in 1941 to Squadron Leader and took command of 457 Squadron RAAF in June 1941, and converted to the Spitfire aircraft. A year later when 457 Squadron returned to Australia, Brothers took command of 602 Squadron RAF. He became Tangmere Wing Wing Leader in October 1942. He was awarded a Bar to his DFC on 15 June 1943.
By 1945, Brothers had flown 875 operational hours and was credited with having shot down 16 enemy aircraft and damaged many more. Despite his record, he was not offered a permanent commission so left the RAF in 1947 and joined the Colonial Service. After two years as a district officer in Kenya, Brothers applied to rejoin the RAF. He was commissioned as a squadron leader on 2 June 1949 (with seniority from 5 August 1946), and rather to his surprise was given command of a bomber squadron, 57 Squadron RAF, equipped with the Avro Lincoln bomber. He held command from 1950 to 1952, which included the Malayan Emergency campaign (Operation Firedog). He was promoted wing commander on 2 July 1952,] and after RAF Staff College, Andover he was appointed wing commander (flying) at RAF Marham. There he joined the V bombers, flying the Vickers Valiant jet bombers.
He retired from the RAF in 1973, after tours including Staff Officer at SHAPE, Director of RAF Operations (Overseas), Air Officer Commading Military Air Traffic Operations and Director of Public Relations (RAF). He was appointed Commander of the Order of the British Empire (CBE) in the 1964 Queen’s Birthday Honours.
Brothers was best known for his Battle of Britain exploits and was the Chairman of the Battle of Britain Fighter Association for a number of years. He died, aged 91, on 18 December 2008.
The Hawker Hurricane was a British single-seat fighter aircraft designed and predominantly built by Hawker Aircraft Ltd. Some production of the Hurricane was carried out in Canada by the Canada Car and Foundry Co Ltd. The 1930s design evolved through several versions and adaptations, resulting in a series of aircraft which acted as interceptor-fighters, fighter-bombers (also called “Hurribombers”), and ground support aircraft. Further versions known as the Sea Hurricane had modifications which enabled operation from ships. Some were converted as catapult-launched convoy escorts, known as “Hurricats”. Together with the Spitfire, the Hurricane was significant in enabling the Royal Air Force (RAF) to win the Battle of Britain of 1940, accounting for the majority of the RAF’s air victories. About 14,000 Hurricanes were built by the end of 1944 (including about 1,200 converted to Sea Hurricanes, and about 1,400 built in Canada), and served in all the major theatres of the Second World War.
Based on the Fury biplane and designed by Sydney Camm as a monoplane fighter, the Hurricane was first flown on November 6th, 1935. With its wide-set landing gear, easy handling, reliability, and stable gun platform, the Hurricane was suitable for a variety of different roles such as intruder, ground strafing and night fighter. Steel-tube construction meant cannon shells could pass right through the wood and fabric covering without exploding. The Hurricane underwent many modifications during its lifetime, including an upgraded Merlin engine and interchangeable multi-purpose wings, staging twelve 7.7mm guns and two 40mm anti-tank guns and carrying two 500lb bombs.