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By Barry Ketley

French pilots persevered scuffling with either with and opposed to the Allies in the course of international struggle 2. owning obsolescent airplane on the outbreak of the conflict, the Armée de l'Air was once decimated within the wake of the Blitzkrieg; even though, a few fighter devices nonetheless completed creditable rankings flying Curtiss Hawks, Morane MS.406s and Dewoitine D.520s. Following the capitulation of France on the finish of June 1940, many aces persisted to fly with the now Vichy French Squadrons that have been stationed in North Africa, and a few those pilots as a result observed motion opposed to their former Allies there. quite a few French pilots additionally escaped to Britain, and a handful completed impressive sucess with the RAF flying Hurricanes, Spitfires and Tempests. In Russia, the formation of the French-manned 'Normandie-Niemen' regiment in 1943 additionally observed close to on forty pilots in attaining ace prestige flying Yak opponents at the japanese entrance.

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