Probably the most well-known Polish Air Force fighter unit is the 303 Squadron of the in Great Britain in the period of the Second World War. The history of fights of the squadron was popularised during the war in Arkady Fiedler's book „Dywizjon 303”.
Hurricane 303 Squadron, September1940, Northolt. Photo from Wojtek Matusiak collection.
With the release of the films "Squadron 303" and "Hurricane", the interest in the Squadron has experienced renewal. The history of the unit, which fought only for a little over a month from the entire Battle of Britain and achieved the best result among all the squadrons, became a favourite topic again.
Contrary to popular belief, the Polish pilots of the 303 Squadron in the Battle of Britain did not fight on Spitfire aeroplanes. They used the more popular RAF fighter then, the Hawker Hurricane Mk I aircraft. Although this plane played a crucial role in stopping of the offensive of Hitler's Germany for the first time, it did not be rendered in a good replica in the scale of 1/72. Even the latest model from Airfix presents a version from the period before the Battle of Britain. However, the well designed Hasegawa model is difficult to access and has simplified interior and chassis details. The high price also plays a significant role.
The new Arma Hobby models have been designed according to the latest modelling trends and solve the problems faced by modellers building model kits from other companies. The models will be available in December 2018, more information can be found in the description of individual models.
70019 Hurricane Mk I Expert Set – set for experienced modellers with huge decal sheet (four diffeerent markings options) and with extra accessories included: canopy masks, photoetched parts. – release November/December 2018
70020 Hurricane Mk I 303 Squadron Model Kit (former Junior Set) – basic set with regular decal sheet (markings for Squadron 303 and 1 RCAF) – release December2018.
Hurricane Mk I P3901/RF-E, 303 Squadron Polish Air Force, Northolt, September-December 1940. The aeroplane was flown among others by P/O Jan „Donald” Zumbach i F/O Witold „Cobra” Urbanowicz. W. Urbanowicz shot down 9 of his Battle of Britain victories including four kills a day claimed twice when flying this Hurricane.
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