Corgi 1/48 Sopwith Camel F1 Death of the Red Baron Diecast Model
Model Number: AA8110
The Corgi 1/48 Sopwith Camel F.1. Wilfred May, 21st April 1918, Death of the Red Baron - Special Edition is a diecast model plane in the Corgi Aviation Archive range.
As he climbed into the cockpit of his Sopwith Camel fighter at Bertangles aerodrome on 21st April 1918, Canadian Wilfred Reid 'Wop' May had no idea that this would be the most significant day in his life. Embarking on only his second mission over the Western Front, he had been instructed by his Flight Commander, the ace pilot Captain Roy Brown, to avoid combat if they encountered the enemy, simply to gain height and make for home.
Over the River Somme, No.209 Sqn encountered several Fokker Dr.1s of von Richthofen's Flying Circus and dived to attack – as instructed, May stayed at altitude, but when an enemy Triplane passed close by, he saw the chance of an easy victory.
Misjudging his attack, he overshot the enemy aircraft and by the time he had regained his bearings, his Camel began taking bullet strikes on its wings – the novice hunter had become the hunted. His opponent was clearly an experienced pilot and May could not shake him from his tail - his only chance of survival was to dive for the ground and try to make it over Allied lines, hoping his enemy would not follow.
What he did not know was that he was being chased by the distinctive red Fokker Triplane of Manfred von Richthofen, the greatest air ace the world had ever known....
Model: AA38110 Sopwith Camel F.1. Wilfred May, 21st April 1918, Death of the Red Baron - Special Edition
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