Novo (Frog) 1/72 Martin Baltimore
A versatile combat aircraft, used almost exclusively in the Mediterranean and Middle East theatre of World War II, though not serving with the United States, it eventually served with the British, Canadian, Australian, South African, Hellenic and Italian Air Forces.
The 13th Light Bombardment Squadron, a historic unit of the Hellenic Air Force, was founded in June 1941 in Dekeila, Egypt.
They initially flew five fled Avro Ansons, and were gradually equipped with Blenheims IV and V. After many requests, the British decided to supply the 13th Squadron with the more potent Baltimore. The aircraft were acquired by the United States through the Lend - Lease Agreement and were used by the RAF almost exclusively on the North African front.
In the spring of '44 the Squadron was transferred to Italy and in November of the same year, they returned to partially free Greece with 16 Baltimores, undertaking not only the bombing of German positions, but also search and rescue missions and launching announcements and supplies.
By the end of WWII, the situation in the recently liberated Greece was going from bad to worse, with Civil War soon to break out.
Baltimores began returning to the RAF in August 1945, with the last three aircraft leaving Greece on September 18, 1945, after an impressive display in the skies of Athens. All aircraft flew to Kasfarit, Egypt from where they were distributed to other RAF units, or ended up in scrap metal.
This is the ancient Frog mold which was reissued by Novo back in the late 70s, my specific copy being somewhat hard to identify when it had been issued, as it came in an unsealed bag with a very bad quality photocopy of the (seemingly) Novo instructions.
The scheme depicted is a probable one, based on the way those Baltimores that returned to Greece were hastily painted for the brief period they remained there.
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