Australian Desert Biplane Ace
Here is a model of a Gloster Gladiator II fighter flown by Australian Ace Alan Boyd.
Alan was born in Quirindi, New South Wales, on 17 March 1916.
He was a regular RAAF officer before the war. In 1940 he served with 3 Squadron RAAF in the Middle East.
At this time the Squadron was flying Gloster Gladiator II biplanes.
In the period between 19 November and 26 December 1940, Alan had claims of six destroyed, two or three probables, and 2 damaged.
All his Middle Eastern claims were against Italian CR42 biplane fighters.This included, in a single engagement on 19 Novermber 1940, three "confirmed destroyed" plus one "probable". This was the very first occasion that 3 Squadron tangled with the enemy over the Western Desert.
On 13 December 1940 Alan claimed two aircraft off Bardia, but his Gladiator was one of five 3 Squadron aircraft shot down on that day, and he force landed. He repaired the damage to his flying wires himself in the desert and was later able to fly back to base.
After this period of combat, Alan was rested, finishing his tour as one of a rare breed of WW2 "Biplane Aces".
Returning to Australia, he flew as Flight Commander with 75 Squadron, in defence of Port Moresby. Here he shared in the destruction of a Zero fighter and damaged a further two. He subsequently served with 76 and 84 Squadrons, before commanding 101 and 110 Fighter Control Units during 1944. He ended the war as Commanding Officer of 67 Squadron RAAF, He was discharged on 17 October 1947.
Alan Boyd passed away peacefully on 20 June 2014 at the age of 98.
The ICM 1/32nd Gloster Gladiator kit is very well detailed and the fit is great, no problems at all.
I used an AIMS decals for Alan's Aircraft. The decals are very good quality.
I used RB Productions Sutton seat belts.
I mixed Tamiya paints for the camouflage colours.
I have included pictures of 3 Squadron Gladiators.
The picture of three pilots walking away from a Gladiator shows Alan Boyd on the right.
I also included is a picture of a Fiat CR42 shot down by 3 Squadron with it's markings removed by souvenir hunters.
11 additional images. Click to enlarge.