Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV RCAF No.402 Sqn, Wilbert Dodd, RAF Hawkinge, England, August 26th 1944
In July 1944 Squadron Leader Wilbert Dodd was appointed C/O of 402nd Squadron RCAF at Hawkinge. He was assigned Spitfire XIV RM683/AE-N that had flown its first 402nd operation on August 10th on a V-1 patrol. Dodd flew his first operation on August 26, 1944 over the Compiegne region. Dodd was only with the 402nd until October 1944 but RM683 was now piloted by Flg. Off. Sherk who destroyed an Fw-190 near Aachen on Christmas day. RM683 survived WWII and eventually was transferred to the Belgian Air Force
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIVDesigned 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.
Hobby Master's 1:48 scale late model Spitfire is cleverly designed to provide the collector with a reasonably-priced, top-quality product with just the right number of features. The canopy is removable for an unobstructed view of the instrument panel with pad-printed gauges and seat. The all-metal five-bladed propeller spins freely and the rudder and elevators are movable. The near-solid metal wing features hinged metal landing gear with integrated metal gear doors and radiator ducts with inside core details seen both front and back. Variants include the Mk.XIV with Large flat back blister canopy and the Mk. XIX with standard Malcolm hood canopy.
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