Another RCAF Spitfire Mk. IX, this time a LF (Low Altitude) version. After the first encounters with the new and superior German Focke Wulf FW-190, the Spitfire IX was modified for better maneuverability at low level by having its' distinctive elliptical wing clipped.
The only fault with this version by Gemini is that the Pilot figure is painted too blue. Someone forgot to paint the head gear a different colour.
An excellent historical summary of RCAF 443 Squadron can be found on the link below:
Normandy Nemesis -Paintings Volume VI RAF & Commonwealth Edition
When Johnnie Johnson led the Mk IX Spitfires of his 144 Canadian Wing to temporary airstrip B.3 near the village of St Croix sur Mer, a few miles inland from the Normandy beach head, they were making history. As they landed on the hastily constructed Summerfield mesh tracking runway on D-Day plus 9, they became the first Allied air force unit to be based in former occupied Europe, and the first to operate in France after D-Day. Mk IX Spitfires of 443 Squadron RCAF, based at St Croix sur Mer tangle with a group of Fw190s whom they had encountered on a fighter sweep near Alençon, in southern Normandy on 23 June 1944. During the melée that followed, their Squadron Leader, Wally McLeod, quickly destroyed two Fw190s, whilst another Fw190 was badly damaged.
Two Spitfires of 443 Squadron take off at radio-mast height flying over a control van in Holland. Note the clipped Wing Spitfire nearest the camera.
Below: Seen with Gemini Aces "Buzz" Beurling's elliptical wing Spitfire IX
Dan, buried in your description which most probably didn't notice is the limited edition run number, 600. They rarely come up on eBay and when they do they command top dollar prices. It's definitely one of my favorites in my Spit collection. As much as I like Corgi, Gemini Spits and Mustangs make the completion look like toys.
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