Decorative plate - No. 71 " Eagle " Squadron - New
This magnificent limited edition decorative plate depicts a Supermarine Spitfire Mk Vb of No. 71 " Eagle " Squadron, R.A.F., flying over London ( 1941 - 1942 ).
Plate No. GA2287, Limited edition, Fine porcelain, Made in Portugal
|Date of production
||21 x 2.8 cm
||The Franklin Mint
Today, we offer for sale this magnificent limited edition decorative plate made in fine porcelain, entitled Protectors of Freedom. This item was previously owned by an ex - airline pilot who used to live nearby the Florennes Air Base ( Base aérienne Jean Offenberg, Namur, Belgium ).
Although it has been made in Portugal, this decorative plate has been produced by The Franklin Mint, a former private mint founded by Joseph Segel ( 1931 - 2019 ) in 1964, in Wawa ( Pennsylvania, United States ). It is currently owned by Retail Ecommerce Ventures ( REV ). The Franklin Mint sells coins, medals, jewelry, die - cast vehicles, dolls, sculpture and other collectibles.
The subject, a work of John Young ( 1930 - 2015 ), depicts a Supermarine Spitfire Mark Vb ( XR - J, BL382 ) of No. 71 " Eagle " Squadron, R.A.F., flying over London between 1941 and 1942. On September 19th, 1940, the " Seventy - One " was formed at R.A.F. Church Fenton ( North Yorkshire, England ) as the first " Eagle " Squadron to be manned by American personnel. The Squadron received Hawker Hurricane Mark Is in November and became operational on defensive duties on February 5th, 1941, stationed at R.A.F. Kirton - in - Lindsey ( Lincolnshire, England ).
The unit moved in April to R.A.F. Martlesham Heath ( Suffolk, England ) for operations over Europe, flying on Hurricane Mark IIb's. In June, the intensity of operations stepped up with a move to R.A.F. North Weald ( Essex, England ). In August, the " Seventy - One " converted to Supermarine Spitfire Mark IIa's, then to Spitfire Mark Vb's, and took part in sweeps over northern France. On September 29th, 1942, the Squadron was transferred to the 4th Fighter Group ( U.S.A.A.F. ) as the 334th Fighter Squadron and ceased to be an R.A.F. unit.
In the background, you can see Buckingham Palace and the Victoria Memorial.
This kind of collectible item is highly cherished by the surviving R.A.F. veterans ( Second World War ) and some enthusiasts as well. In other words, don't miss it !!!
( sources : Wikipedia, www.americanairmuseum.com )