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Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX – RR201, 411 (Grizzly Bear) Sqn, RAF, Dick Audet, RAF Heesch, Holland, 1944. With Replica Pilots Notes

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA31925: Supermarine Spitfire Mk IX RR201 of 411 (Grizzly Bear) Sqn, RAF, Dick Audet, RAF Heesch, Holland, 1944. Limited Edition of 3220 Pieces. Complete with an authentic replica set of pilots notes

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

French Canadian ace “Dick” Audet was serving with No. 411 “Grizzly Bear” Sq. when he opened his account in spectacular fashion on December 29, 1944, by downing five aircraft in quick succession. In the month that followed, he gained several other victories before being killed on March 3, 1945, when his aircraft was hit by flak during a strafing mission. His score stood at ten claims at this time.

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.

 

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