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2020 is the 80th anniversary where the RAF made its mark as the world’s finest air force having faced overwhelming odds against the Luftwaffe. The history of the bravery of the men and women in the air and ground is well documented. This diorama is to honour two of those squadrons, one based at Tangmere and the other at RAF Westhampnett (now Goodwood) which was within the Tangmere sector of operations and in particular two pilots one of whom was the first American ‘eagle’ pilot to be killed in the battle. Pilot officer William Meade Lindsley Fiske III (Billy) was one of the 7 American pilots who flew with the RAF during the battle of Britain. In July 1940 he joined 601 Sqn RAF Tangmere, more famously known as the millionaire’s squadron which at the time flew Hawker Hurricane Mk1 aircraft. On the 16thAugust 1940 the squadron was scrambled to intercept a flight of German bombers over the Solent and the Isle of Wight during that action a round hit Fiske’s aircraft in the fuel tank and other vital areas. His aircraft was seriously damaged and he returned to Tangmere nursing it all the way home despite the aircraft being on fire. and was taken to Chichester for medical attention. Sadly he died 48 hours later, he was 29 years old. P/O Billy Fiske was laid to rest with full military honours at Boxgrove Priory Church. Hi aircraft P3358 UF-H. Pilot Officer Osgood Hanbury DSO, DFC & bar from 602 Sqn RAF Westhampnett flying a Spitfire Mk1 X4382 LO-G. By the end of 1940 he had 4 confirmed kills. He continued flying and in 1941 went to 260 Sqn in North Africa flying Curtiss P-40 Warhawk’s. This double build uses the Tamiya Mk1 Spitfire with custom decals and the plug and play merlin engine sound and movement set from Magic Scale Modelling: https://www.magicscalemodeling.com/ Alongside the Airfix Ready fro Battle, Battle of Britain set with custom decals and scratch building.
Hey guys, This is my first build posted on britmodeller and I hope you all enjoy the build. I enjoyed the build apart from some of the fitting issues concerning the gun cowling and the two fuselage pieces. Its all OOB apart from some Tamyia tape seat belts and some Xtradecal swastikas, painted with brush using Humbrol acrylics and Vallejo Model Colours Hope you like it, Cam