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Roden 1/48 Gloster Sea Gladiator


Roden 1/48 Gloster Sea Gladiator

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Superb kit of the Gloster Sea Gladiator which is perhaps most famous for it's role in the defence of Malta:

In April 1940, 18 Sea Gladiators from the aircraft carrier HMS Glorious were transferred to the newly created Hal Far Station Flight. Before then there was no fighter base on Malta. The Navy agreed that some of them could stay for the air defence of the island, and the rest of them had to be transferred aboard another aircraft carrier, HMS Eagle.

When Italy entered the war on June 10th 1940, only three Sea Gladiators opposed all the aircraft the Reggia Aeronautica threw at the island. They were nicknamed 'Faith', 'Hope' and 'Charity' and during the early days of war they were the only British defence in the air. Their first victory was scored on June 22nd - Flt Lt George Burges shot down a SM79.

Soon the Hal Far Station Flight was reorganized as 261 Squadron of the Royal Air Force. For two more months, until the appearance of Hurricanes in Malta in some quantity, the Sea Gladiators were Malta's only hope.

The last plane of this famous trio remained in service until the beginning of 1942. Nowadays this plane, N5220, is in the historical museum of the island and is one of the most honoured exhibits.

Markings are included for the following aircraft:

  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N5519/R, Malta, Hal Far Fighting Flight, Flt Lt George Burges, June 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N2266/RTP, No.804 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, Scapa- Flow, Lt Cdr J C Cockburn, April 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N5517/6-A , No.813 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, HMS Eagle, Cdr Charles Keighly-Peach, July 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N2276/H, No.804 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, HMS Furious, Lt Cdr J C Cockburn, May 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N5567/6-C, No.813 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, HMS Eagle, Lt A N Young, August 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N5520, No.261 Sqn RAF, Takali, Malta, Flt Lt C G StJ Jeffries, September 1941.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N2272/G, No.804 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, Hatston, Orkney, Sub Lt J W Sleigh, July 1940.
  • Gloster Sea Gladiator N2274, No. 804 Sqn Fleet Air Arm, Hatston, Orkney, Spring 1940.

 

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