Wednesday, 16 December 2015

Down in the West! - more Armée de l'Air wrecks and captured types from the Westfeldzug - Bordeaux June 1940, Arsenal VG 33

Scenes from the airfield at Bordeaux following the French capitulation, June 1940, taken from the personal photo album of 8. Infanterie Div personnel.

above left; a rare Arsenal VG 33, a type featured previously on this blog..note the low-slung large ventral radiator, which so close to the ground proved particularly problematic when the aircraft operated from grass fields..much more on the VG 33 at the following link...

below; more abandoned French and Armée de l'Air types photographed by the Germans during their advance across France, including these NAA 57/64 trainers.

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Victor B.2 XL513 & XL 512 carrying Blue Steel - ebay photo find #57

An original Ministry of Defence photograph of Handley Page Victor B.2 XL513 equipped with a Blue Steel Missile. Note the four Vulcans on...