Airfix Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I in 1/72 Scale

This is the Airfix new tool Boulton Paul Defiant Mk.I turret fighter, markings are from Xtradecal sheet X72117.  The model depicts a Defiant from No. 264 Sqn based at Hornchurch in August 1940.  This was the aircraft used by Plt Off E. G. Barwell on 24AUG40 to claim a Bf 109E for his sixth victory.   The aircraft was lost over Thanet on 28AUG40.

The Defiant is generally thought of as an unsuccessful design by aviation enthusiasts, so I was a little surprised to learn that it was credited with quite a few victories given the small numbers deployed.  The most successful Defiant ace was Sgt E. R. Thorn of No. 264 Sqn who was credited with twelve victories.

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