Hobbymaster 1/48th scale HA7850 Spitfire Vb RF-D/EN951, Sqn. Leader Jan Zumbach, 303 Sqn., RAF, summer 1942. Buy online at Flying Tigers.
The Spitfire Mk.1 first became operational in July 1938 at Duxford, Cambridge. At the beginning of WWII 9 RAF squadrons were equipped with the Mk.1’s with two others converting to the new aircraft. By June 1940 the Mk.1 was being replaced by the faster long-range Mk.II but not before the Mk.I had bore the brunt of the Battle of Britain. The Mk.I also flew protective cover over the evacuation of Dunkirk. The Mk.1A had 8 machine guns instead of 4, a bulged canopy, a 3-blade propeller, self-sealing fuel tanks, armored windscreen and armor plating in front of and behind the pilot.
The 303 “Kościuszko” Squadron was a Polish-manned Fighter Squadron and part of the RAF. During the Battle of Britain the 303 Squadron recorded more victories than any of the other 66 allied fighter squadrons. The 303 Squadron Leader was Jan Zumbach who scored eight victories during the BoB. EN951 was the last of three different Spitfires Zumbach had flown. The victory markings on his aircraft were German crosses outlined in white for confirmed victories and red for probables. Zumbach ended the war with 13 1/3 victories.