Corgi Aviation Archive Series Diecast Model
Supermarine Spitfire Mk.Ia - R6885, EB-Q, Pilot Officer Eric Stanley Lock, RAF No. 41 Squadron, RAF Catterick, August 1940 (Battle of Britain)
1:72 scale. Length: 5". Wingspan: 6.25"
Limited Edition of 1500 Models Worldwide
In 1939, as the threat of war loomed, Eric Stanley Lock joined the RAF Volunteer Reserve and learned to fly. When war was declared in September 1939, he was immediately called up to the RAF. After more training he was commissioned as a Pilot Officer, assigned to No. 41 Squadron at RAF Catterick flying Spitfires and chalked up his first kill, a Bf 110, on August 15, 1940.Realistic panel lines
Detailed cockpit with pilot figure
Historically accurate printed markings
Removable engine cover
Optional extended landing gear
Numbered collector card
On September 3, 1940, the squadron was posted to RAF Hornchurch in Essex. Two days later he achieved two kills and within a week he had claimed eight more, an achievement that earned him his first DFC. Despite being injured several times during the Battle of Britain he went on to achieve 16.5 victories making him the highest scoring British born pilot of the conflict.
Lock returned to action after a long hospital stay and on August 3, 1941 he was shot down over Northern France, his body and aircraft were never located. In only one year this skilful and brave fighter pilot had become a household name, claimed 26.5 kills, won a DSO and the DFC twice He died before his 22nd birthday.
The Supermarine Spitfire is a British single-seat fighter aircraft used by the Royal Air Force and many Allied countries air forces in World War II and into the 1950s as a front line fighter and in secondary roles. The Spitfire was first flown on March 5, 1936 and entered service with the RAF on August 4 1938. It served in several roles, including interceptor, photo-reconnaissance, fighter bomber, carrier-based fighter, and trainer. The Spitfire was built in many variants, using several wing configurations. It was produced in greater numbers than any other British aircraft and was the only British fighter in continuous production throughout the war. When production ended in February 1948, a total of 20,351 Spitfires of all variants had been built.
The Corgi Aviation Archive features a wide selection of high quality, ready-made, diecast model airplanes. Each model is crafted with meticulous attention to detail, using specifications of the original aircraft. Corgi models are built with diecast metal and some plastic components.
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Category: Corgi 1:72 Non-U.S. Military Aircraft Models
Not suitable for children under the age of 14