spacerThis print fits a readily available 16 in x 12 in framespacerSR/BR 4-6-2 Rebuilt Battle of Britain Class No. 34050 Royal Observer Corps with Nameplates plus Hawker Hurricane (257 Squadron) and Supermarine Spitfire (41 Squadron) (O. V. S. Bullied / R. G. Jarvis) Steam Locomotive Print Click/tap the image to view a larger version


The light pacifics were designed by O.V.S. Bulleid to work over the restricted secondary routes of the Southern Railway. Two naming themes were used; ‘West Country’ and the ‘Battle of Britain’. The ‘Battle of Britain’ locomotives were named in tribute to the personalities, aircraft, RAF stations and squadrons involved in the 1940 air battle.

Originally built with airsmooth casing and chain driven valve gear enclosed in an oil bath many of the class were rebuilt by British Railways to a more traditional form with standard Walschaerts valve gear, with the design work being overseen by R. G. Jarvis.

Scale of Locomotive & Aircraft: 5 mm/ft

Paper Size: 404 mm x 303 mm (16 in x 12 in)
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No. 34050 Royal Observer Corps

No. 21C150 was named to honour the Observer Corps which in April 1941 had been awarded the title Royal by King George VI for service during the Battle of Britain. It was renumbered 34050 in May 1949, repainted in BR livery in June 1951 and rebuilt in August 1958.

It is portrayed in rebuilt condition, attached to a cut-down 5,500 gallon tender. On 2nd July 1961 it was awarded the Corps long service medal, with the cabside plaques being unveiled at Waterloo Station prior to working a special train for the Corps.

Built: (Brighton) December 1946. Rebuilt: (Eastleigh) August 1958. Withdrawn: August 1965.

Hawker Hurricane MkIA (257 Squadron)spacer

The Hawker Hurricane was the first monoplane fighter to serve with RAF and was designed under Sydney Camm’s direction as a logical progression from the Fury biplane. The first flight of a production Hurricane took place on 6th November 1935 at Brooklands. It was powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine and armed with eight .303 inch Browning machine guns. The first aircraft entering RAF service in late 1937.

The illustration portrays the plane flown by acting Squadron Leader Robert Stanford Tuck (DSO, DFC & Two Bars, AFC) who took over command of 257 Squadron from 11th September. He led the squadron through September with his last two official victories of the Battle being on 28th October when he claimed two probable Bf109s. He received a Bar to his DFC on 25th October.

Supermarine Spitfire MkIIA (41 Squadron)spacer

The Spitfire was designed by Reginald J Mitchell of Supermarine Ltd., in response to a 1934 Air Ministry specification calling for a high-performance fighter with an armament of eight wing-mounted .303 inch Browning machine guns. Like the Hawker Hurricane it was powered by the Rolls-Royce Merlin engine. The first production Spitfire flew on 15th May 1938 with deliveries to operational RAF squadrons commencing in the summer of 1938. The MkII was fitted with the Merlin XII engine of 1,175 horsepower and Rotol propeller.

The illustration shows the spitfire funded by the Observer Corps and flow by Squadron Leader Donald Osborne Finlay (DFC, AFC) of 41 Squadron based at Hornchurch. During November 1940, flying this aircraft, Finlay shot down two Bf109s.

Finley was also an Olympic medal winner, Bronze in Los Angeles (1932) and a Silver in Berlin (1936) both in the 110 metre hurdles.


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