A company in North Cornwall is building a scale replica model of a famous Spitfire from the Second World War.The model has been commissioned by the United States Navy as a memorial to Bill Dunn, a fighter pilot.It will mark the date during the war when he shot down two German aircraft in one day.
The aircraft, when completed, will look exactly the same as it did on the day it was flown by Bill Dunn on the 27 August 1941. This year will mark the 70th anniversary of the event and will be on display at Seymour Johnson Air Force Base in North Carolina.
Staff has already finished work on the wings and fuselage of the Spitfire model and will soon be rubbing it down in order to paint it.
The Spitfire aircraft is made of fibreglass with a steel frame inside and is being copied to the exact details of the original, even down to the rivets. David Hobson who owns the company says “you’re looking at the ghost of an aircraft which was built, which gives you a lot of satisfaction.
It will commemorate the American William “Bill” Dunn who was the first pilot with 71 Eagle Squadron to shoot down two German aircraft in one day. He is sometimes known as the “First American Ace of World War II”.
The team behind the build has a tight deadline and need to be finished by the end of the month. They will then dismantle the model and put it in containers to be shipped over to the United States.
They will then fly out to meet the aircraft so they can put it in place at the Air Force Base in North Carolina to mark an historic moment in history.