40 mm Bofors Flak 28 Anti-Aircraft Gun

Airfix 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun

A British 40 mm Bofors anti-aircraft gun painted Humbrol № 30 Middle Bronze Green. British anti-aircraft troops had six guns each. There were three troops to the battery, and three batteries to the regiment, for a total of 54 anti-aircraft guns. Later in the war, Bofors guns were mounted on Morris and Ford trucks, and the first battery of the anti-aircraft regiment was converted to a self-propelled anti-aircraft battery. Following the Normandy Invasion, the Allied forces enjoyed complete air superiority and the combat role of the light anti-tank regiment diminished. When an infantry shortage developed in 1944, the two towed anti-aircraft batteries of the light anti-tank regiment were converted to infantry.

Available Scale Model Kits

  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun, 1:32 Mountford Miniatures MM033
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun and Morris 6 × 4 Tractor, 1:76 Airfix 02314
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun (1939), 1:76 Hinchliffe 20/307
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun (1942), 1:76 Hinchliffe 20/307A
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun (8th Army), 15 mm Flames of War BR541
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun, 15 mm Flames of War BR540
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun, 15 mm Quality Castings 2031
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun & Crew, 15 mm Minifigs BV-85
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun with 4 Crew, 15 mm Quick Reaction Force BAW 3
  • 40 mm Bofors Anti-Aircraft Gun and Morris 6 × 4 Tractor, 1:285 GHQ UK-54

Self-Propelled Mountings

  • 40 mm Bofors on Morris Truck, 1:76 Jan Giesbers JG003
  • 40 mm Bofors on CMP Ford, 1:76 Jan Giesbers JG004
  • Crusader III AA, 40 mm Flak, 1:76 Hinchliffe 20/198C
  • Schnellboot S-100 Klasse, 1:72 Revell 05051

Technical Specifications

  • Calibre: 40 mm
  • Barrel Length: L.60 (2400 mm)
  • Weight: 1.544 kg
  • Elevation: -5° to +90°
  • Traverse: 360°
  • Ammunition: H.E. high-explosive
  • Ammunition Weight: 907 g per round
  • Muzzle Velocity: 823 m/sec
  • Ceiling: 1.500 m
  • Armour Penetration at 0-100 m:
    • 100 mm using (A.P. or A.P./T)

Bibliography

Historical Employment

  • British Light Anti-Aircraft Regiment (R.A.)
  • US Army, 1941–1945
  • Most European armies and navies

The Swedish 40 mm Bofors was a very accurate and reliable anti-aircraft gun used by most European armies and navies.

British Miniatures of World War Two