Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV Diecast Model RAF No.322 (Dutch) Sqn, K. C. Kuhlmann, RAF Acklington, England, March 1944
The No.322 Squadron was formed on June 12, 1943 at RAF Woodvale. It would be staffed with Dutch personnel from within RAF No.167 Squadron. The squadron was assigned the code-letters VL until late 1944 when it was changed to 3W. In September 1943 Major K.C. Kuhlman, a South African became the No.322 C/O until September 1, 1944 when he was shot down by German flak and spent the remainder of WWII as a POW. From March 1944 until August 1944 No.322 Squadron flew the Spitfire XIV. During a one month period from June 20, 1944 to July 21, 1944 No.322 was tasked with intercepting V-1 Flying Bombs "doodlebugs". During this one month period one squadron pilot destroyed 5 V-1’s in a single day giving them a total of 108.5 V-1’s.
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
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.
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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