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 REVIEW: Hobby Master HA7110 RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV, 402 Squadron, Squadron Leader Wilbert Dodd, August 1944

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Hobby Master HA7110 RCAF Supermarine Spitfire Mk.XIV, 402 Squadron, Squadron Leader Wilbert Dodd, August 1944   Tue Mar 21 2017, 23:12

Hobby Master 1:48 Air Power Series
HA7110
Supermarine Spitfire Mk XIV
RCAF No.402 Sqn, Wilbert Dodd, RAF Hawkinge, England, August 26th 1944
1/48 Scale


My first 1/48 Scale Spitfire. Was surprised that the main gear is fully retractable!

This Spitfire XIV will go nicely with the previously released Post War RCAF Mustang IV that was also a 402 Squadron (City of Winnipeg) subject.

Squadron Leader Wilbert Dodd DFC was the Commanding Officer of 402 Squadron RCAF and finished the war as an Ace.



Here is a brief history of his service:

Hugh Halliday states;
Dodd Claimed with 185 Squadron (Malta):
4.33 destroyed, 3 probables & 3 damaged

With 402 Squadron:
1.25 destroyed, 1 probable & 2 damaged

Total Destroyed/Probable/Damaged = 6.57 / 4 / 5


Born 8 December 1920 at Rennie, Manitoba.
Home in Winnipeg or English River, Ontario;
Enlisted in Winnipeg, 6 January 1941.
Trained at
No.2 ITS (graduated 4 April 1941),
No.18 EFTS (graduated 6 June 1941) and
No.10 SFTS (graduated 30 August 1941).
Posted overseas in September 1941.
Further trained at No. 56 OTU;
To No.54 Squadron, 3 December 1941;
Assigned to Malta, 3 March 1942;
flew off HMS Eagle on 29 March and
immediately assigned to No.126 Squadron;
To
No.185 Squadron, 2 April 1942;
Commissioned 7 July 1942;
No.55 OTU (instructor) 12 September 1942.
No.416 Squadron for second tour, 14 May 1943;
No.402 Squadron 11 June 1943.

Met & married Margaret Graham 1943
F/O 7 January 1943;
F/L 22 February 1944;
S/L 26 July 1944.
Commanding Officer of No.402 Squadron,
- 26 July to 29 October 1944.

Repatriated to Canada, 27 November 1944;
To
No.2 Air Command, January 1945;
No.15 SFTS, 18 January to 26 March 1945;
No.18 SFTS, 27 March to 4 July 1945;
No.7 BGS, 5 July to 31 August 1945;
No.2 ACU, 1 September 1945;
Commanded -
No.2 REMU, 17 Dec. 1945 to 17 Feb. 1946.
Released from RCAF 26 February 1946.

Medal sent by registered mail, 24 February 1947

After the War he returned to Canada with Margaret
They had 3 children in Canada
Then moved to to San Jose, Ca. in 1955
They had one more child there

He passed away October 27th 1990 in San Jose



Below: A 402 Squadron (City of Winnipeg) RCAF Spitfire XIV 1945.



Dan
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