Saturday, 23 April 2011

Dewoitine D. 520 in the débacle - the French campaign May/June 1940

Dewoitine D 520 prototype no. 3 seen after capture by the Germans. This aircraft had crashed in March 1940. The hard-edged camouflage distinguishs this from D.520 no. 2.

Below; an early series aircraft as indicated by the location of the radio access hatch

Wrecks of D.520s of the  2nd escadrille of G.C I/3 at Wez-Thuisy or Meaux-Esbly

G.C I/3 2 escadrille D.520 assigned to S/Lt Parisse, shot down on 21 May 1940 in the vicinity of Fonches-Fonchette (Somme) after combat with Bf 109s. The pilot was seriously wounded and died shortly after carrying out this crash landing ..(source "GC I/3 Les rois du Dewoitine 520" published by Lela Presse Avions).

Currently on special offer (-45%) at the Avions website; " La Débacle - May-June 1940". A 96-page A-4 softback devoted to wrecks and relics of the French campaign by Denes Bernad, comprising some 150 original photos taken by German soldiers during the Westfeldzug - the campaign in France during May and June 1940, including many previously unpublished. Includes detailed English-language captions by this blog author.

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