For an air group composed of obsolete airplanes – 800’s Seafires and 827’s Firefly FR.1s – these guys had a major influence on the outcome of the war. When they joined USS Valley Forge in TF 77 and struck Pyongyang on July 3, a week after outbreak of the war, they did more than damage the Norks’ railroad – Stalin was going to OK direct involvement of the Red Air Force in providing air cover for the invasion, but when the carriers struck Pyongyang, he realized the US was going to be in the fight (he had OKd Kim Il Sung’s plan on the basis of a speech the previous January by the US Sec State that listed US interests in the Far East in which he didn’t mention S. Korea, which was taken by both Stalin and Mao to mean the US did not consider Korea a vital interest), and he canceled the planned support. Had it been otherwise, the Norks would likely have succeeded in forcible reunification. Operating in support of UN forces through the rest of July, through the dangerous month of August and the battles that finally held the Pusan Perimeter on the Naktong River, Triumph and her used-up air group finally left for home just before the Inchon invasion. By that point, none of the Seafires were operational, having all been “bent” from the heavy shipboard use.
Here’s a link to a good history for those interested:
Just as an aside, the “D-Day stripes” weren’t applied until the end of July, after an unfortunate “blue on blue” run-in with a B-29 whose gunners thought the Seafires were Yaks. For the Pyongyang strikes and the important “holding the line” period in July, no stripes.
Good luck on it, it’s a great kit. If you can get the Falcon/Squadron vacuform canopy, it’s vastly superior to what’s in the kit. Those decals in the early kits are pretty bad, but the recent release (2015) kit has great decals.
Here’s one I did from the 2015 release, representing the Pyongyang strikes.
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