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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series AA34604
de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk VI Diecast Model
RAF No.487 (New Zealand) Sqn , F for Freddie, Percy Pickard, Amiens Prison, France, Operation Jericho, February 18th 1944

Limited Edition
999
Pieces Worldwide

1:32 Scale   Length   Width
de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk VI   15.5"   20.25"

"It's a real death-or-glory show, boys" That was how Group Captain Percy Pickard ended the briefing for one of the RAF's most daring and dangerous raids of WWII; "Operation Jericho", the Amiens Gaol Raid of Feb 1944. Requested by the French Resistance to free, or to sacrifice, up to 700 prisoners held by the Gestapo at Amiens, 18 Mosquito FBVIs of 140 Wing were prepared at short notice to attack the prison at low-level and high speed, the objective being to break the walls. Led by Pickard in Mosquito HX922, 140 Wing attacked with complete surprise causing utter chaos inside the prison. 258 prisoners escaped through the breached walls, with 102 killed. Warned of collateral damage, the Resistance said death from RAF bombs was preferable to Gestapo torture and execution. Only two Mosquitoes were lost, one of which was HX922. Pickard and his navigator, "Bill" Broadley, failed to return and are buried at Amiens.

de Havilland Mosquito FB.Mk VI

Designed in a private venture as a high-altitude, high-speed unarmed bomber, the de Havilland DH.98 Mosquito was first flown on November 25th, 1940. The Mosquito was one of the most successful aircraft of the Second World War. Only the Ju 88 could rival its versatility. Powered by two Rolls-Royce Merlin engines, the all-wood Mosquito was as fast as a fighter and could carry the payload of a medium bomber. During its lifetime, the Mosquito was used in varying roles, which included night fighter and ground attack. It carried radar systems and cannons, and there was even a carrier landing version.

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Corgi's 1:32 scale Mosquito is a massive model constructed with a large number of diecast metal components. All of the control surfaces are movable, including positionable radiator ducts and flaps that move in unison around each engine nacelle. The articulating main landing gear and tail wheel are beautifully detailed and lock easily in place for ground display. The side engine cowlings are removable, revealing detailed Merlin V-12 engines. The large canopy provides easy viewing of the highly detailed crew figures. The bottom of the model has spring loaded bomb-bay doors that open to reveal ordnance details and crew access door.

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Corgi Aviation Archive Collector Series

The Corgi "Aviation Archive" range presents highly-detailed, ready-made diecast models of military and civilian aircraft. The vast Aviation Archive range has become the standard by which all other diecast airplane ranges are judged. Each Corgi model is based on a specific aircraft from an important historical or modern era of flight, and has been authentically detailed from original documents and archival library material. Famous airplanes and aviators from both military and commercial airline aviation are all honored.

Corgi "Aviation Archive" diecast airplanes feature:

  • Diecast metal construction with some plastic components.
  • Realistic panel lines, antennas, access panels and surface details.
  • Pad printed markings and placards that won't fade or peel like decals.
  • Interchangeable extended/retracted landing gear with rotating wheels.
  • Poseable presention stand to display the aircraft "in flight".
  • Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
  • Detailed, hand-painted pilot and crew member figures.
  • Authentic detachable ordnance loads complete with placards.
  • Selected interchangeable features such as speed-brakes, opened canopies and access panels.
  • Selected moving parts such as gun turrets, control surfaces and swing-wings.

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