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HISTORY 349th SQUADRON

On May 28th, 1940 Belgium was overwhelmed by the German army and is forced to surrender. However, many pilots manage to escape the occupation and join allied air forces (Canadian, American, South-African and most numerous, the Royal Air Force) to continue the fight. The experience and training of these pilots is invaluable to the RAF (where shortage of pilots will indeed rapidly become the major problem), and 15 of the newly arrived Belgians are immediately assigned to the RAF’s fighter squadrons to take part in the Battle of Britain. On June 5th, 1944, at 2315h, the 349th assists to the briefing of Operation Neptune – the long awaited landing in Normandy. The 6th., the afternoon mission – at 1450h –  however opposes 349’s pilots to a couple of Ju88s – 2 of which are seriously damaged. From June 10th onwards, 349 continues its missions from the mainland flying from Sainte-Croix-sur-Mer (France). Its Spits mainly fly escort and ground attack missions.

 

SUPERMARINE SPITFIRE Mk IX

The Spitfire is the most famous plane of World War Two. Its groundbreaking design and superior specifications gave the British a decisive advantage fighting the Luftwaffe in the Battle of Britain.

But early models were often cruelly exposed in head-to-head duels with the enemy. It was only after multiple improvements that the Spitfire’s winning combination of speed, manoeuvrability and firepower turned it into a formidable fighting machine and a much loved British icon.

 

F-16 FIGHTING FALCON

For more than 40 years, the F-16 Fighting Falcon has proven itself as the world’s most capable 4th generation multi-role fighter, 2000 are in service with the USAF and 2,500 operational with 28 other countries. The F-16 was the world’s first aircraft able to withstand higher g-forces than the pilots. Since the first flight of the F-16 in 1974, Lockheed Martin has led the design and development of the Fighting Falcon, providing critical structural and avionics upgrades to ensure the aircraft remains relevant for many years to come.

 

RSC609 – Limited Edition

•    Designed by the famous Watch designer Ronald Steffen

•    Especially made for the Belgian 349(F) Squadron

•    48mm diameter case

•    Brushed stainless steel 316L case

•    Citizen-Miyota Quartz movement

•    5 ATM water-resistant

•    Reinforced Mineral crystal

•    High quality leather strap (4mm thick)

•    Strap: 12+8 cm or 4,72+3,14 inches

•    XL stainless steel buckle

•    Date indication

•    Limited edition of 349 pieces

•    Folder with info about the Airplanes and the squadron

•    3 years warranty

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