Bristol Beaufighter TF.X (RAF 144 Sqn 1944) Diecast Model Airplane

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Bristol Beaufighter TF.X (RAF 144 Sqn 1944) Diecast Model Airplane

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As one of the most capable twin engined aircraft of WWII - the Bristol Beaufighter was originally developed as a heavy fighter variant of the company's Beaufort bomber - already in service with the Royal Air Force. The first examples were pressed into service as nightfighters and whilst the aircraft proved to be a significant improvement over existing types - there was more to come from the mighty beau. As the aircraft received successive upgrades to make it more powerful and capable of carrying a greater array of offensive weaponry - the Beaufighter became a successful multi-role aircraft - with a particular flair for mounting hard hitting anti-shipping strikes into the North Sea - preventing Axis shipping from moving supplies back to Germany. It was during one of these missions that Banff based Flying Officer Maurice Exton was awarded a DFC for outstanding flying skill and determination in the face of the enemy. Flying Beaufighter NE829 on 9th October 1944 - Exton and his squadron attacked a large convoy of enemy vessels off the coast of Norway - but his aircraft was hit by heavy flak from the ships. Damaging the aircraft's flight controls - causing it to almost flip onto its back - Exton wrestled with the Beaufighter's control column - bringing it back straight and level - before immediately pressing home his attack. He then nursed the damaged aircraft back to Banff - where he managed to land safely. Inflicting heavy damage on the enemy convoy they attacked - this incident says as much about the determination of the airmen of Coastal Command as it does about the resilience of the Bristol Beaufighter.

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Brand Corgi
Category Scale Models
Size 25cm wingspan
Fruugo ID 40363074-82375392
EAN 5055286665820
Retailer VRN GB992313019