Kevin Daly's Kosciuszko Squadron Builds--Round Three!
The Kosciuszko Squadron – The Beginning
Albatros D.III Oeffag 153 “White 5”
assigned Kapitan Merian C. Cooper, CO Polaski Flight,
7th Escadria Myslwska “Kosciuuszk”
1919-1921 Polish-Bolshevik War
1:48 Eduard Kit
Print Scale Decal – Nr.48-042
1:48 Figures: Adalbertus Resin Figure Merian C. Cooper
AK Interactive Real Colors Aircraft Paints
True-Earth Filters & Washes
Model Scene: Grass Mat
Background (with thanks to Wikipedia and Amazon):
Explorer, war hero, filmmaker, and cinema pioneer Merian C. Cooper --the adventurer who created King Kong (the original with Fay Wray) --was truly larger than life. Cooper was a member and co-founder of a volunteer American flight squadron, the Kościuszko Squadron, which supported the Polish Army in the Polish-Bolshevik War. On July 13, 1920, his plane was shot down and he spent nearly nine months in a Soviet prisoner of war camp. He escaped just before the war was over and made it to Latvia. For his valor he was decorated with the highest Polish military decoration, the Virtuti Militari.