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 REVIEW: Corgi AA32008 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, No.242 (Canadian) RAF Squadron, Willie McKnight, 1940

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PostSubject: REVIEW: Corgi AA32008 RAF Hawker Hurricane Mk.I, No.242 (Canadian) RAF Squadron, Willie McKnight, 1940   Thu Jul 13 2017, 20:13

October 11, 2012



Corgi Hawker Hurricane Mk. I
Aces of the Commonwealth Series AA32008
242 (Canadian) RAF Squadron, 1940
Willie McKnight (RAF) DFC and Bar
1/72 Scale

May 2005 Release
Production Limited 2800 Units


This aircraft is from the famous Squadron Leader Douglas Bader's 242 (Canadian) RAF Squadron, 1940. "LEA" was piloted by William Lidstone "Willie" McKnight, a Canadian in the RAF (Corgi mistakenly refers to McKnight as a member of the RCAF but this was not the case).

"Willie" Mcknight was the first Canadian ace and the country's fifth-highest scoring ace of the Second World War. McKnight joined the RAF in early 1939 and served in No. 242 Squadron RAF during the final phase of the Battle of France, covering the Allied retreat from Brittany, and later the Battle of Britain. McKnight's aircraft wore a distinct cartoon of a jackboot kicking Hitler on the port side of the engine cowling. His Hurricane also carried a human skeleton image which held a sickle in its hand under the cockpit, on both sides of the aircraft. McKnight scored 17 victories, as well as two shared and three unconfirmed kills. McKnight was shot down and killed on 12 January 1941 during a fighter sweep over Calais.

Willie McKnight was born in Edmonton, Alberta, Canada but grew up in Calgary. For those who have ever been at the Calgary International Airport (YYC) - McKnight Boulevard was named in his honour.

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Left to right. 242 Squadron's Eric Ball, Douglas Bader & Willie McKnight admire their unit's unofficial motif




"McKnight's Hat Trick" by Michael Martchenko

On this day, August 30, 1940, following hard fighting, S/L Bader tucked in alongside his wingman, "Willie" McKnight as they returned to base. The exuberant Bader held up two fingers indicating his two victories. The Canadian flashed back three indicating a "Hat Trick". Bader was elated. The squadron that day claimed a total of 12 enemy A/C destroyed without loss to themselves. The tide of the battle was turning.




































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