HA8613 Hobbymaster Hawker Hurricane MK. Ia V7419, S/Ldr Marmaduke Thomas St. John Pattle, No 33 Sqn., RAF, Greece, March – April 1941
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Hobbymaster 1/48th scale
Hawker Hurricane MK. Ia
S/Ldr Marmaduke Thomas St. John Pattle
No 33 Sqn.
March - April 1941
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Hobbymaster 1/48th scale HA8613 Hawker Hurricane MK. Ia V7419, S/Ldr Marmaduke Thomas St. John Pattle, No 33 Sqn., RAF, Greece, March – April 1941. Buy now online at Flying Tigers.
The Hawker Hurricane was the first British single-engine fighter and the first single wing aircraft with retractable landing gear as well as an enclosed cockpit and 8 machine guns. The Hurricane went into operational service in December 1937 with the RAF 111 Squadron. The Hurricane is usually over looked as a major player in the BoB because of the Spitfire but 80% of the 1,792 German aircraft shot down were because of the Hurricane. There were 14,533 Hurricanes produced in all variants.
Marmaduke Thomas St John Pattle was raised in South Africa of British born parents, in the 1930s he tried to join the very small South African Air Force, but was turned down due to lack of vacancies. He sailed for the UK and managed to get a short service commission in the Royal Air Force.
He gained his wings in the late 1930s and was soon posted to the Middle East to fly the Gloster Gladiator. In the summer of 1940 the back water of Egypt, was ruffled up with the invasion of the Italian Forces.
The Italians had a force of over 300,000 and hundreds of Biplanes such as the CR.42, facing them was the British Western Desert Force of just 36,000, and a small RAF force made up of Gladiators and Blenheims and odd assortments of other aircraft, but not up to date modern fighters and bombers.
Against all the odds the British battered the Italians and drove them out of Egypt and into what is now western Libya, before halting on the orders of Churchill, as a large proportion of the force had to be sent to Greece due to the Italian and later German invasion. During Pattle’s time in North Africa, he managed to shoot down at least 15 Italian aircraft making him possibly the top Biplane ace of the war.
Before going to Greece the squadron was converted to the Hawker Hurricane, many of these were veterans of the Battle of Britain, and in a poor state, but at least a fairly modern Fighter.
Pat Pattle operated in Greece from the end of 1940 to April 1941 when he was killed in massive Dog Fight over the Bay of Athens, suffering from a bad bout of flu, he led his Squadron and destroyed at least three German Aircraft before falling to an enemy fighter.
Most of the RAF record from this period were lost in the evacuation from Greece, but surviving 33 and 80 Squadron pilots gave evidence of Pattle’s Kill rate, including the Author Roald Dahl who was at the time an RAF Fighter Pilot.
At the end of the war the RAF Credited Pat Pattle with 28 Victories, but in the early 1950s historical records in Greece, Germany and the UK finally increased Pattle victories to 41 making him the highest scoring RAF Pilot. Johnny Johnson with 38 Victories was the highest scoring British Born RAF pilot.
Further recent investigations by Greek and German historians, consulting German quartermaster records and combat reports from German and RAF Pilots, it is now reckoned that, Pat Pattle;s final score could be between 50 and 60, which is incredible to say he was in combat from August 1940 to April 1941, not much more than 8 months flying Biplanes and Hurricanes.
Model Code: HA8613