Brewster Buffalo B339E – Malaya 1941
December 1941 was not a good time to be in Malaya or Singapore. When the Japanese invaded on 8 December, Geoff Fisken, a former farmer from Gisborne, New Zealand, went into action with No 243 (RAF) Squadron. No 243 was equipped with Brewster Buffalos at that time, and Fisken’s usual mount was W8147, coded as WP-O.
Geoff Fisken fought in the skies over Malaya and Singapore until 6 February 1942 when he was badly injured during a dogfight with two Japanese fighters. He was medically evacuated to New Zealand just before Singapore fell, and later fought in P40s in the Solomons, finishing his war with 11 confirmed kills. He is regarded as the highest-scoring British Commonwealth ace in the Pacific theatre. He passed away on June 11 2011.
The model is pretty much OOB from the 1/32 Special Hobby kit. From what I can gather, these aircraft were not exactly in mint condition in terms of their external finish, so I got a bit heavy-handed with the paint fading and chipping. Anyway, the resulting model represents an homage from an old Aussie fighter jock to a Kiwi great.
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