Captain Edwin Swales, VC (standard RAF blue uniform)--single figure
Regular Price: $40.00
Item Number: Club-018A
Captain Edwin Swales, VC, was a South African pilot seconded to the RAF from
the SAAF. He was attached to 582 Squadron Pathfinders and was the lead Pathfinder aircraft on the night of 23rd February 1945, when he was awarded his VC.
Swales was flying an Avro Lancaster and was part of a 370 strong forces of
Lancasters bombing Pforzheim that night. During the raid, Swales's aircraft was attacked by an ME110 which knocked out two of the Lancaster's engines. Although Swales knew his aircraft would not make it back to 'Blighty,' he endeavoured to get the aircraft as far back inside friendly territory as possible, so that the crew could bail out safely. As they crossed the French border, Swales ordered his crew to abandon the aircraft. No sooner had they all parachuted to safety, then the aircraft stalled and crashed into the ground killing Swales.
Swales was awarded the Victoria Cross for extreme gallantry and selflessly
putting his crews life before his own.
As Swales was a keen sportsman who excelled at Rugby as well as other sports, we have sculpted Swales in relaxed dress, ready to stroll out to the cricket pitch and knock out a few 'Sixes' with his crew.
Limited Edition of 70.