Vickers Wellington Mk VIII – 221 Sqn Special Duties Flight, RAF, Malta 1941
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Corgi Aviation Archive 1/72 scale AA34804: Vickers Wellington Mk VIII of 221 Sqn Special Duties Flight, RAF, Malta late 1941. Limited edition of 1,790 pieces.
Length 10.25 inches Wingspan 14.25 inches
PLEASE NOTE: Box has a light crush to the lid top right corner. Model is new.
The reason Malta was so critical to Allied fortunes in the Middle East was because of its strategic location. Lying midway along the Mediterranean and halfway between Italy and the North Africa, it was the perfect place from which to attack Axis shipping heading to Libya. It is no coincidence that whenever Axis attacks on the island intensified, Axis fortunes in North Africa improved. Working with the Royal Navy, steadily increasing numbers of RAF bombers – Wellingtons, Blenheims, Beauforts and attack aircraft like the Beaufighterplayed a crucial role in attacking enemy shipping. HX604:X flew with 221 Sqn, Special Duties Flight from late 1941 and was painted in the scheme of Extra Dark Sea Grey and Dark Slate Grey upper surfaces and Night underside specifically for this theatre of operations.
Designed to meet a British Air Ministry specification for a two-engine bomber, the Wellington was first flown on June 15th, 1936. Used as a night bomber in the early years of the Second World War, the Wellington defended itself with machine guns: two in the front turret, four in the rear turret and an additional two in beam positions. Later in the war, the Wellington served as maritime patrol, anti-submarine. Equipped with radar and used as an Early Warning and Control aircraft, it operated at an altitude of some 4,000 ft over the North Sea, controlling Mosquito fighters intercepting He 111 bombers.