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Topic Started: May 12 2015, 10:23 PM (3,528 Views)
hewman100

Lockheed Ventura II, AJ209 of 487 Squadron, Royal New Zealand Air Force
Flown from Methwold on 3rd May 1943, by Squadron Leader Leonard Henry Trent RNZAF
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It was his actions on this day, during the ill-fated Ramrod 212, for which Trent recieved his VC.

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The KING has been graciously pleased to confer the VICTORIA CROSS on the undermentioned officer in recognition of most conspicuous bravery :-

Squadron Leader Leonard Henry Trent D.F.C (N.Z. 2481), Royal New Zealand Air Force, No. 487 (R.N.Z.A.F) Squadron. :-


"On 3 May 1943, Squadron Leader Trent was detailed to lead a formation of Ventura aircraft on a daylight attack on the power station at Amsterdam.
This operation was intended to encourage the Dutch workmen in their resistance to enemy pressure, and the target was known to be heavily defended.
The importance of bombing it, regardless of enemy fighters or anti-aircraft fire, was strongly impressed on the aircrews taking part in the operation.
Before taking off, Squadron Leader Trent told the deputy leader that he was going over the target whatever happened.

All went well with the formation until the eleven Venturas and their fighter escort were nearing the Dutch coast.
Then one of the bombers was hit and had to turn back. Suddenly large numbers of enemy fighters appeared.
Our escorting fighters were hotly engaged and lost touch with the bombing force.
The Venturas closed up for mutual protection and commenced their run-up on the target.
Unfortunately, the fighters detailed to escort them over the target had reached the area too early and had been recalled.
Soon the bombers were attacked.

They were at the mercy of 10 to 20 Messerschmitts which dived on them incessantly. Within four minutes six Venturas were destroyed.
Squadron Leader Trent continued on his course with the three remaining aircraft and in a short time two more Venturas were shot down in flames.
Heedless of the murderous attacks and the heavy anti-aircraft fire which was now encountered,
Squadron Leader Trent completed an accurate bombing run and even shot down a Messerschmitt at point blank range.
Dropping his bombs in the target area, he turned away. The aircraft following him was shot down on reaching the target.

Immediately afterwards his own aircraft was hit and went into a spin and broke up.
Squadron Leader Trent and his navigator were thrown clear and became prisoners of war. The other two members of the crew perished.
On this, his 24th sortie, Squadron Leader Trent showed outstanding leadership.
Such was the trust placed in this gallant officer that the other pilots followed him unwaveringly.
His cool, unflinching courage and devotion to duty in the face of overwhelming odds rank with the fine examples of these virtues."

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The full story of this raid wasn't put together until after Trent's repatriation to the UK in 1945.
He had spent his captivity in Stalag Luft III, and was the 79th prisoner to emerge from the tunnel on 24th March 1944
He was almost immediately re-captured and fortunate enough to be placed in solitary confinement.
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Academy 1/72 Lockheed Ventura II (11619).
Decals are from the Kits at War Sheet K7/14
Edited by hewman100, Jul 22 2017, 11:58 PM.
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thomasweir
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Good work Ian
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Mark M
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nice one
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hewman100

This is the corrected Box scheme for the Hobbyboss Typhoon Ib (80232)

Hawker Typhoon Ib, MP197 of 245 Squadron.
Flown from Volkel (B.80) during early 1945
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I've shown it in the wartime guise mainly because the checked fuselage band wasn't supplied.
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Looks good
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Vickers Vildebeest MkIV, K6411 of 42 Squadron.
Flown from Bircham Newton during late 1939 and early 1940.
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From the outbreak of war until April 1940 the Vildebeests of 42 Squadron were the only UK based RAF torpedo bombers in Coastal Command.
They were regularly used to escort East coast convoys until being replaced by Bristol Beauforts.
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K6411 served its entire career with 42 Sqn.
The only thing of note is that it stalled on landing at Bircham on 10th January 1940.
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Special Hobby Vickers Vildebeest IV 'Perseus Engine Version' (SH72243)
This is the same kit as the Azur/FROMM Vickers Vildebeest/Vincent.
The resin Perseus engine supplied was too small for the cowling, and had to be replaced with an aftermarket item.
Edited by hewman100, Jun 24 2015, 09:22 PM.
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hewman100

I really have been bad at keeping this up to date.

Subject of First AMSIG GB:
MPC 1/72 Heinkel He177A-5 'Grief', 2-2502

Heinkel He177A-5/R6, TS439 of RAE Farnborough.
Flown by Captain Eric 'Winkle' Brown RN, on 20th September 1944
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Edited by hewman100, Jul 22 2017, 11:53 PM.
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ColinM
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Nicely done Ian. A display of all of the aircraft flown by Capt. Eric Brown would be pretty impressive, any plans?

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hewman100

I'd never given it much thought to be honest. 487 types? Would it need to be aircraft he'd personally flown, or a representative of the type?
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Mark M
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nice
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