Hasegawa 1/32 Spitfire Vb, S/Ldr Jan Zumbach of 303 Squadron
August 10, 2013 in Aviation
The Hasegawa Spitfire Vb dates to the mid-1970s. Despite having raised panel detail, with rescribing it makes up into a nice model, though I recommend picking up both the resin cockpit and the Rotol prop from Greymatter figures, both of which can help turn the kit into a show-stopper, neither of which I used here but I did later get the Rotol prop. Techmod decals were used to do the Spitfire Vb flown by Squadron Leader Jan Zumbach of 303 (Polish) Squadron in 1942 (actually one of several he flew, each with a slightly-different Donald Duck personal marking).
With a total of 250 victories scored between 7 September 1940 and 31 October 1944, 303 was the most successful of the Polish fighter squadrons in the RAF. Zumbach flew with 303 from its days in Hurricanes in the Battle of Britain, and became Squadron Leader in April 1942, ending his tour that December 1. He scored a total of 12.5 victories during the war. Returning to Poland in 1945, he ran afoul of the Communists placed in power by Stalin (as did most of the Poles who served in the West during the war), and escaped in 1947. In 1961, he formed the air force for the short-lived breakaway Republic of Katanga in the former Belgian Congo, which he led with other Polish mercenaries until 1965. He died in 1986 and is buried in Warsaw.
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