1-200 Royal Navy Fleet Air Arm
1-200 scale generic roundel bars for the British Pacific theater Fleet Air Arm. The decals are sized to fit 1-200 Supermarine Seafires, Fairey Firefly strike-fighters, and Fairey Barracuda dive bombers, plus Corsairs, Hellcats, and Avengers.
After the fall of Singapore and the subsequent raids on Ceylon in early 1942, the Imperial Japanese Navy (IJN) had expelled the Royal Navy (RN) from the Pacific and effectively restricted British naval operations to the fringes of the Indian Ocean. The British subsequently gave priority to the war in Europe, and the United States Navy (USN) took the lead against the IJN in the Pacific.
The BPF did not begin to come into focus until the August 1943 Quadrant Conference of Allied leaders in Quebec. Agreement was reached that greater priority should be given to the Pacific war, while retaining the “Germany first” principle. Churchill wanted to reconquer Burma, Malaya, and the oil-rich former Dutch East Indies island of Sumatra.
Britain offered to send a balanced fleet including at least four aircraft carriers to the Pacific by the end of of 1944. Two months later the U.S. government agreed in principle that a British carrier task force should fight in the Pacific.
Consequently, four Royal Navy carriers joined Spruance’s Fifth Fleet as Task Force Fifty-Seven. The British flew a mixture of aircraft—their own Supermarine Seafires, Fairey Firefly strike-fighters, and Fairey Barracuda dive bombers, plus Corsairs, Hellcats, and Avengers. Ten fast carriers rotated in and out of TF-57, while two afloat maintenance carriers—HMS Pioneer and Unicorn—were based in the admiralties and Philippines.
Some of the CVs & CVEs that served in BPF:
Decals have been test fitted to Plane Printer - Roman Troyan's - 3d print STLs as well as Armaments in Miniature resin cast planes.