Bristol Blenheim Mk IV,RAF, Operation Leg, August 19th 1941
At a time when Britain and its Commonwealth were in their "darkest hour", the nation needed inspirational heroes and perhaps no one answered that call more famously than Douglas Bader. Having lost both his legs in a pre-war flying accident, Bader's determination to rejoin the RAF enabled him to play a significant role in Fighter Command's defiant resistance to the Luftwaffe during the Battle of Britain and later to take part in the fighter sweeps over northern France as the RAF went on the offensive. It was during one of these operations, on August 9, 1941, that Bader's Spitfire collided with another aircraft, cutting off its tail and sending it into a spin to the ground. Although he managed to get out of the plane and parachute out, one of his prosthetic legs was stuck in the cockpit and crashed to the ground with the hit Spitfire. This was obviously a huge propaganda coup for the Germans, who contacted the RAF to announce Bader's capture and to provide safe passage for an aircraft bringing a replacement leg for their illustrious guest. Not wanting to allow the Germans an even greater propaganda victory, the RAF planned to drop a new leg by parachute, not by accepting the safe passage option, but as part of a full 'Circus' bombing raid. On 19 August 1941, six Blenheim Mk.IVs supported by a large force of Spitfires launched an attack on the Gosnay power station, the Blenheim R3843s also carrying a rather unusual payload, Douglas Bader's new leg. The wooden box containing the prosthetic limb was unceremoniously taken out of the Blenheim over the target area before the six bombers turned to return home, their bombs not having been dropped, due to the heavy cloud cover over the target area and fear of inaccurate bombing causing civilian casualties. The Spitfires, which were protecting the area, were not very successful, as eight aircraft were lost during the operation.
Die-cast metal construction with some plastic components.
Panel lines, antennas, access panels and realistic surface details.
Markings and stamped plates that will not fade or peel like decals
Interchangeable landing gear extended / retracted with rotating wheels.
A display to display the plane "in flight".
Many limited editions with numbered certificate of authenticity.
Detailed and hand-painted characters of pilots and crew members.
Loads of genuine detachable ammunition
Some interchangeable features such as speed brakes, open awnings and access panels.
Some moving parts such as turrets, control surfaces and swivel wings