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Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII – JF502, 92 Sqn, RAF, Eddie Edwards, Marcianise, Italy, 1944

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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA31924: Supermarine Spitfire Mk VIII JF502 of 92 Sqn, RAF, Eddie Edwards, Marcianise, Italy, 1944. Limited Edition of 2590 Pieces.

Length 5.25 inches Wingspan 6.25 inches

“Eddie”, as he was known during World War II, was born in Nokomis, Saskatchewan in June of 1921. He attended school in Battleford like another well known Canadian WW2 Ace, ” Buck” McNair. He enlisted in the Royal Canadian Air Force in October of 1940 and completed flight training in early 1941 as a Sergeant Pilot. By July he found himself at No.55 OTU near Newcastle in the North of England undergoing fighter pilot training. In January 1940 Eddie was posted to 94 Squadron in Egypt as a Flight Sergeant. The squadron was working up on Kittyhawks and became operational in March. On his first operational mission, escorting Boston’s to the well defended Mar tuba airfield, Eddie made his mark with the destruction of a Bf 109F of Jagdgeschwader 27. 233 Wing Commander Beresford dubbed Eddie the “Hawk of Martuba” shortly afterwards in recognition of his quick reflexes, flying abilities and shooting instincts. It was only the beginning and Eddie’s score continued to mount over the coming months. By May, 94 Squadron had suffered heavy losses and was withdrawn from front line activity. F/Sgt Edwards was posted to 260 Squadron. On his first mission with 260 he damaged a Me 109 and on his second mission he destroyed another. On paper Edwards was promoted to Warrant Officer in July and to Pilot Officer in August. In practice he went directly from the rank of Flight Sergeant to that of Flying Officer in December and he had already led the squadron on several occasions even though he was only an NCO. After being rested as a gunnery instructor with 203 Group at El Ballah, Edwards was promoted to Squadron Leader and joined 417 Squadron I Italy in November flying Spitfire Mk VIIIs. He was transferred to 92 Squadron in December as a flight commander also flying the Spitfire VIII. Eddie continued to add to his score with this unit in early 1944. By March he was posted to take command of 247 Squadron in England which was just re-equipping Spitfire Mk. IXs. Operations began in May and included patrols over the Normandy beaches and bomber conversion to Tempests for “anti-diver” (V1) sorties. Shortly afterwards, Squadron Leader Edward’s second tour ended and he returned to Canada on leave.

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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Weight 0.9 kg