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Late in the afternoon of 3 May 1945, Flight Lieutenant Pierre Clostermann led 24 aircraft of No. 122 Tempest Wing in an attack on Grossenbrode naval airbase in northern Germany. The Tempest pilots were met by more than 100 enemy fighters over the target, while on the beach and at anchor, approximately 100 flying boats and transport aircraft were being used to evacuate the base. After positioning 20 of his force to face the enemy fighters, Clostermann led the remaining aircraft down to attack the airfield. He made three high-speed strafing passes in his "Le Grande Charles" and destroyed four aircraft on the ground and in the water, and shot down a transport and two armed flying boats in the air. After completing his attack on the airbase, Clostermann engaged the enemy fighters and shared in destroying two of them. Following the battle, only 13 of the original 24 Tempest aircraft returned home. Four days later, on 7 May 1945, Germany surrendered. By the end of WWII, Clostermann had flown 420 combat sorties during World War II and achieved 32 confirmed aerial victories, most of them in engagements with fighters (from Air University Bios page, http://www.au.af.mil/au/goe/pages/bios/83bios/closte83.htm )
Decals : Options for two aircraft are included. I chose to model the aircraft of Pierre Clostermann, the leading Free French ace of WWII. (see images)
14.25 x 17.35 x 6.81 cm; 154.22 grams