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France 1940 vol. 1 Morane Saulnier MS.406 (Paperback)

Aviation > Aircraft

Imprint: MMP Books
Series: Polish Wings
Pages: 120
Illustrations: B&W photos, colour profiles
ISBN: 9788367227384
Published: 27th March 2024

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Check over the dramatic events of 1940 as the Polish Air Force took to the skies in France, fighting valiantly during World War II. This book focuses on the pivotal role played by the Morane Saulnier MS.406, a renowned aircraft in the Polish Air Force's arsenal. Witness the courage and determination of Polish pilots as they battled against overwhelming odds. Explore a treasure trove of black and white period photos that bring this significant era to life. Additionally, marvel at the collection of colour profiles that showcase the distinct liveries of the Morane Saulnier MS.406 in Polish Air Force service.
Key Features:
Detailed account of the Morane Saulnier MS.406 in the Polish Air Force during the France 1940 campaign
Extensive collection of black and white period photos
Captivating colour profiles illustrating the various liveries of the Morane Saulnier MS.406

Another aircraft that was flown by Polish Air Force pilots, and at a very difficult period. Just before WW2 Poland was looking to add to their fleet of modern fighter aircraft. The book tells us how they chose the French built MS 406 over the American Curtis Hawk, largely due to their differing fuel types. However, the German invasion of Poland, which started WW2 in Europe, meant the first shipment was diverted to Turkey. Polish pilots came to France to fight on, and the text details their training at various bases in France, including at Montpellier and Lyon among others. Then it goes on to add the detail of their combat experience, from various bases, and then a chapter devoted to the camouflage and markings found on those aircraft flown by Polish airmen. The well illustrated text element of the book goes up to page 51 and then it moves to even more incredible archive photos, some showing Polish & French pilots as well as many captured and destroyed examples, often being viewed by victorious German soldiers. Along with these are a lot of first class colour profiles and plan views which show the detail of the colours and markings of these French aircraft, but with Polish aircrew. For example, carrying the Polish national marking on the fuselage sides, but French roundels on the wings and on the tailfin. The book closes with 3-pages of a table, listing all the Polish operated aircraft, along with their pilots, where it is known.
This is another first class addition to this series, with interesting text, and an incredible collection of archive photos they have managed to assemble for the book. Couple these with the artwork and the detailed text on camouflage and markings this is a great reference for modellers, including many possible diorama ideas, and I think a fascinating read for those interested in what happened during this early war period for so many Polish fighters, who on leaving Poland chose to carry on the fight against their invaders alongside their French allies, and some of course who were then forced to leave for England, where they carried on fighting.

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