RCAF 143 Wing Typhoons – 1944 to Bodenplatte
2.2• Decals to model any one individual aircraft of the 12 (9 + 3 bonus) options, featuring subjects from 438, 439, & 440 Squadrons.
• Ten 8.5 x 11 inch pages of illustrated documentation.*
• Available as a standard set (as shown) or as a combo set with Typhoon airframe stencil data markings set (AOD72s03) included.
• JR249 as F3•P of 438 Sqn - a 'car door' Typhoon Ib with ‘Lita’ inscription on nose & chequer pattern on gear doors. Funtington, April 1944.
• JR500 as 5V•X of 439 Sqn - AEAF stripes on wing undersurfaces and lower rear fuselage and asymmetrical spinner colours. Flown by F/O R.A. Johns, B.9 Lantheuil, mid July 1944.
• MN345 as 5V•G of 439 Sqn - ‘Peace River’ inscription on R/H nose, mission markers, AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage, and asymmetrical spinner colours. Flown by F/O J.A. Brown, B.78 Eindhoven, Oct. thru 6 Nov. 1944.
• MN413 as I8•T of 440 Sqn - AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage - not confirmed on wing undersurfaces (see pg 10 captions). Landing incident when flown by F/S N.L Gordon, B.9 Lantheuil, 1 Aug. 1944.
• MN518 as R•D of 143 Wing (a 438 Sqn a/c) - Victory ‘flags’ on R/H side. May have had command pennant markings after reference photo was taken in April 1944. Very clean finish - possibly waxed. Flown by W/C R.T.P. Davidson to 8 May 1944 and W/C M.T. Judd afterwards (Judd's aircraft is also covered as a bonus option in this set).
• MN957 as F3•N of 438 Sqn - typical pre-D-Day markings. Aircraft in which W/C Davidson made a forced landing in enemy territory on 8 May 1944. Avoiding capture, he joined the Maquis (French resistance), serving with them until 5 September 1944. Based on two photos of the crash-landed aircraft.
• MN716 as F3•A of 438 Sqn - ‘Diane’ inscription on L/H nose, mission markers and “Archer” inscription on R/H nose. ‘Dirtied’ AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage only. Flown by FS (later P/O) R.G. Fox, B.78 Eindhoven, circa fall & winter of 1944. Both pilot and aircraft survived the Luftwaffe Operation Bodenplatte (Base Plate) attack at B.78 Eindhoven on New Years Day 1945.
• MP149 as I8•P of 440 Sqn - ‘Pulverizer II’ inscription on both sides of nose, mission markers and ‘Vargas girl’ on R/H side, black spinner, AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage. Flown by F/O H.J. 'Harry' Hardy, B.78 Eindhoven, circa fall & winter of 1944.
• RB205 as FGG of 143 Wing (a 440 Sqn a/c) - Large W/C pennant on L/H side under windscreen, AEAF stripes on wing undersurfaces and lower rear fuselage. Destroyed by strafing 1 January 1945. W/C F.G. Grant’s personal aircraft from 26 October to 24 December 1944.
Additional Bonus Options
(some of the following subjects can be categorized as 'more research required' but are covered anyway):
• MN311 as I8•P of 440 Sqn - The original ‘Pulverizer’ with inscription on both sides of nose and AEAF stripes on lower rear fuselage. Flown by F/L H.J. Hardy mid August to 6 September 1944 (interestingly, prior to her 440 Sqn service, this had been a trials aircraft for the new four-bladed propeller and larger Tempest tail configuration.
• MN426 as F3•H of 438 Sqn - Flown by then S/L F.G. Grant through July 1944 (his first tour on Typhoons which ended with him as 438 Sqn OC).
• MP131 (or was it MN579?) as F3•J of 438 Sqn - Sometimes flown by F/O N.E. Dawber from the crossing of the Channel in late June through to 18 Nov. 1944 when he had to bale out of 'J'. Reportedly carried a variation of ‘Fritz the Wildcat’ emblem & most probably AEAF stripes on wing under-surfaces and lower rear fuselage for a time. A second F3•J, MN579 is also noted as a possible subject featuring the Squadron's Wildcat emblem. The brief article on page 6 of the Docs features these aircraft within some related discussion on all three known variations of the squadron emblem.
*A high resolution b&w (monotone) copy of the Docs is supplied in the package. The colour PDF e-publication (that you can use to zoom in to high magnification on-screen, or print out in colour) is automatically made available via email after direct purchase of this set.
Internet-connected registered owners of this set also get the PDF e-publication for free. All Aviaeology Docs e-publications are also available separately.
Features comprehensive decal placement and painting instructions for all subject aircraft variations, a concise guide to each aircraft's various technical features (propeller, tail plane, intake filter arrangement differences etc), and a range of reference photographs, in addition to scale illustrations to help with modeling the usual range of under-wing ordnance used on 143 Wing's Typhoons.
A separate general decal preparation / application instruction sheet completes the package.