Handley Page Halifax – 346 Sqn Free French Air Force 1/144
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From the Atlas Editions Military Giants of the Sky 1/144 scale series comes this model of the Handley Page Halifax, with H7 red code plus French markings represents an aircraft belonging to 346 Squadron, known as the “Guyenne”, one of several Heavy Free French Groups that flew the aircraft. Complete with undercarriage and stand. Complements the Corgi 1/144 scale. PLEASE NOTE: There is no booklet with this model.range perfectly.
Behind every great aircraft there is a bloody-minded, determined chief engineer/designer/Managing director. Sir Frederick Handley Page was such a man. The largely unhindered competition between British aircraft manufacturers was always intense and resulted in greater and faster leaps in technological advances. One such was the Halifax bomber.
Designed to the same 1935 specification as the Avro Manchester, Sir Frederick must have got wind that the Rolls Royce Vulture engine was a ‘stinker’ and quickly moved to Bristol Hercules engines. Then the Air Ministry threw more spanners in the works and demanded suitability for dive bombing, tropical capability, a strengthened floor and an additional two engines. All four engines had to be Merlins. From the outset then, the Halifax was a compromise that conveniently allowed adaptations for towing, transportation, paratrooper and bombing duties. An unintentional bonus was that, should a crew have to face the terror of ditching in the sea, the extra floor strength meant their chances were far better than a Lancaster crew’s. Also, the Halifax floated for longer than a Lancaster – apparently!
However, all this adaptability had a price. The redundant requirement for dive bomber characteristics had led to a thicker wing which included cells for bomb carrying. This led to reduced performance and crucially, reduced altitude. Even when Sir Frederick got his way with the dropping of the front turret and adoption of four Bristol Hercules engines, the Halifax still used more fuel and carried 2000lb less ordnance than a Lancaster. Yet it was much appreciated by its crews, particularly those of coastal command and from introduction in November 1940 till the end of the war and during the early years of post-war transportation, the Halifax proved a sturdy and reliable workhorse.
Two restored examples exist. The one at the excellent Yorkshire Air Museum at Elvington (just off the A64 York ring road) is a ‘bitsa’, made up of genuine components and decorated in the markings of ‘Friday the Thirteenth’, one of many illustrious Halifaxs. The other, NA337 was recovered from Lake Mjosa in Norway during 1995. Restoration was completed in 2005 and the Special Duties MkVII now resides at the RCAF Memorial Museum, Trenton, Ontario. An additional Halifax, W1048, was recovered from Lake Hoklingen, Norway, in 1973 and can be viewed in mostly un-restored condition at the RAF Museum, Hendon. This is the only extant Merlin powered Halifax MkII. During 2006, the remains of a transport Halifax, JP276 were found approximately 60 miles from Warsaw. There is some speculation that enough of the aircraft survives to warrant restoration and exhibition at the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
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