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Corgi Aviation Archive US31923: Supermarine Spitfire Mk V of 4th FG, 334th FS, USAAF, Essex, England, 1942. Limited Edition of 1990 Pieces, intended mainly for US only issue.
Length 5 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches
Originally delivered new to the RAF’s No. 610 Sq. in late May 1942, this aircraft was passed on to the USAAF’s newly formed 31st FG in mid July. In early September, it was transferred to No. 71 “Eagle” Sq., which duly became the 334th FS as part of the newly formed 4th FG at month-end. Deemed surplus to requirements by the Eighth Air Force in March 1943 following the arrival of P-47Cs in-theater, the fighter returned to RAF service with No. 66 and 340 Sqs. Damaged in combat on December 7, 1943, the fighter was relegated to training duties following its repair and was finally written off in a forced landing following engine failure on May 2, 1945, while serving with No, 57 Operational Training Unit. The 334th Fighter Squadron was constituted by the War Department on August 22, 1942. It was then activated on September 12, 1942. Also activated were the 335th and 336th Squadrons known as the Eagle squadrons. Formerly made up of American volunteers in the RAF, the 334th was the first Army Air Corp unit activated in the European Theatre of Operation.
Designed by R.J.Michell to meet a British Air Ministry specification, the Supermarine Spitfire first flown on March 5th, 1936. With its combination of beautiful fighter design, the excellent performance of its Rolls-Royce Merlin powerplant and firepower provided by twin cannons and four machine guns, the Spitfire became an unrivaled symbol of victory. The Spitfire had 40 major variants and was built in greater numbers than any other British aircraft of the time. It flew operationally on every front between 1939 and 1945 and was engaged in every one of the Royal Air Force’s major actions.