Spitfire mkIXc MJ584 'LO-A'

602 Squadron, B.11, Longues, July 1944

602 Spitfire Strafes Erwin Rommel’s Staff Car
On 17 July 1944, Feldmarschall Erwin Rommel, the ‘Desert Fox’ and commander of all German forces in Normandy, was driving back to the front line after an urgent meeting at his Panzer tank headquarters. Heading back to the battlefront, he was about to co-ordinate the German counter attack against the Allied forces in Normandy.

Spitfires from 602 Squadron, based behind the front lines at B11 Longues-sur-mer, were patrolling the skies above when a German staff car was seen below. Ken Charney was first to spot the German break out in the Falaise Gap and alerted the Allied Forces. Led by Squadron Leader Chris Le Roux, 602 Squadron Spitfires attacked the car as it sped down the Liverot-Vermoutiers road. 20mm shells raked the car, severely wounding the driver who lost control, struck a tree and spun off the road. Rommel was injured as his head struck the windscreen and was thrown out of the car, fracturing his skull. In doing so, 602’s Spitfires removed Germany's commanding general from the Normandy battlefield. The RAF credit 602 with taking Rommel out but there are a number of other claimants.

Squadron Leader Chris Le Roux

A historical build (c:

Once again big thanks to Jimmy Carss for this one.

Needs a bit of sanding and then panels to do.

This undercarraige was lying about and may just do the job.

Needs a few servos and an engine.

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