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Corgi Aviation AA35313 1:72 North American B25 Mitchell, 40-2249, "Hari Kari-er", Doolittle Raid, 1942

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  • Scale:  1:72
  • Wingspan:  283mm

Special Features

  • Rotatable Propeller(s)/Rotor(s)
  • Optional Undercarriage Down
  • Armaments/Weapons
  • Detailed Crew Figure(s)
  • Rotatable Turret(s)
  • Weight: 1.56Kg

As the USS Hornet task force approached the Japanese coast, they were spotted by an enemy ship and decided to launch their aircraft early. Just after 8am on 18th April 1942, sixteen B-25 bombers lifted off the relatively short deck of USS Hornet and set course for Japan – this would be the first time that any of these airmen had taken off from the deck of an aircraft carrier at sea. Flying at extremely low level, the raiders had a six-hour flight ahead of them before reaching their targets, almost certain that they would be intercepted by enemy fighters. If they managed to complete their mission, they would then fly on to China, but it would be very much a case of every man for himself.

On April 18, 1942, then Captain Greening, piloting the Hari Kari-er, a B-25B Mitchell medium bomber, launched from the United States Navy's aircraft carrier USS Hornet (CV-8), in the Doolittle Raid of Japan. He led a flight of three aircraft to bomb oil refineries, docks, warehouses and industrial areas of Yokohama. He and his crew survived the raid, reaching China in the area northeast of Quzhou before they ran out of gas and had to abandoned their aircraft.After the Doolittle raid, he went back to the war.

After he returned from China, Greening trained in the Martin B-26 Marauder. He was assigned to a base in North Africa, and flew 27 missions before being shot down over Italy on July 17, 1943 and taken prisoner. He escaped and evaded capture until early 1944, after which he was held at the Stalag Luft I POW camp for the duration of the war.

After the war, he continued on active duty in the Air Force until he died of an infection on March 29, 1957, at the Bethesda Naval Hospital, Bethesda, Maryland.

Conceived as a way to boost the morale of a nation still reeling from the attack on Pearl Harbour, the Doolittle Raid consisted of the USAAF flying a number of B-25 Medium bombers off an aircraft carrier close to Japan, bombing Tokyo and then flying on to land in China.  While material damage would be slight, the effect on morale back in America, and detrimentally in Japan, would be huge.

 

Safety Notice:

A detailed die-cast scale model for the adult collector. Not suitable for children under 14 years.

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