French Aces of World War 2

By: Osprey

Type: Softcover

Product Line: Aircraft of the Aces - World War II - Allies & Independents

Last Stocked on 6/19/2020

Product Info

Title
French Aces of World War 2
Publisher
Category
Author
Barry Ketley
Publish Year
1999
Pages
96
Dimensions
7.5x9.5x.3"
NKG Part #
2147394121
MFG. Part #
OSPACE028
Type
Softcover
Series
ACE28

Description

French pilots endured fighting both with and against the Allies during World War 2. Possessing obsolescent aircraft at the outbreak of the war, the Armée de l'Air was decimated in the wake of the Blitzkrieg; however, a number of fighter units still achieved creditable scores flying Curtiss Hawks, Morane MS.406s and Dewoitine D.520s. Following the capitulation of France at the end of June 1940, many aces continued to fly with the now Vichy French Squadrons that were stationed in North Africa, and a number of these pilots subsequently saw action against their former Allies there. Numerous French pilots also escaped to Britain, and a handful achieved notable success with the RAF flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and Tempests. In Russia, the formation of the French-manned ‘Normandie-Niemen’ regiment in 1943 also saw near on 40 pilots achieve ace status flying Yak fighters on the Eastern Front.

Contents:

Prelude to Blitzkrieg
Drole de Guerre
Into the Torment
Blitzkrieg
Two Sides with the Same Flag
With the RAF
In Soviet Skies
Aces and Victories
Appendices

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