Fairey Battle Mk I

Fairey Battle Mk I   LS-Y   P2177  15 Squadron A.A.S.F. Vraux,
Wg. Cdr. Hugh George, France, September 1939.

Fairey Battle of 15 Squadron part of the AASF in Vraux France 1939.

Scale 1:144     Wingspan 4.49" (114 mm)
Base size 4.84" (123 mm) square (No. 3)
Weight not including base 3 ozs (81 grams)

Total number of models produced 226

This aircraft called 'Sytveste' was flown by amongst others Wg. Cdr. Hugh George once Chairman of the Blenheim Society. One of the ground crew / engineers for 15 Sqn. was aviation author Victor Bingham. The Battie carried four 250lb bombs had one 0.303 machine gun in the starboard wing and a Vickers K gun in the rear cockpit. On May 12th 1940 Flying Officer D E Garland (pilot) and Sergeant T Gray (observer) flying a Battle of 12 Sqn. were shot down in a desperate attack to destroy bridges over the Albert Canal, both were awarded posthumous V.C's the first to be awarded to the RAF in the Second World War; for reasons unknown the rear gunner who was also killed received no recognition.
The Battle was loved by its crews but was too slow and poorly armed. Even though it was obsolete, in 1939 it formed the equipment of 1 Group Bomber Command and the major part of the A.A.S.F. This force suffered huge losses culminating in raids against pontoon bridges at Sedan when 40 aircraft were lost out of a force of 71.