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121 MORANE-SAULNIER MS.406 ACES

121 MORANE-SAULNIER MS.406 ACES
by Stenman, Karl

1-993121

The MS.406 was an important aircraft not only because it was built in larger numbers than any other French fighter of the period, but also because it was the first modern fighter in the Armee de l'Air inventory. Although comparable to the British Hurricane and early models of the German Bf 109, it was outclassed when flown against the more powerful, and faster, Bf 109E.

With little or no protection (no armor or self-sealing tanks), the MS.406 sustained heavy losses during the Battle of France. Too lightly armed, and fitted with unreliable weaponry, the French fighter struggled to down German bombers. It therefore comes as no surprise that only a dozen French pilots became fully fledged aces on the type during this period, despite the aircraft being present in significant numbers. However a score of pilots, who bagged their very first kills at the controls of the MS.406, fought on after the fall of France, flying Dewoitine D.520s, Spitfires, and even Soviet Yak-3s to attain ace status against both Allied and Axis opponents.

Contents
* Phoney War
* Battle of France
* Vichy Service
* Winter War
* Continuation War
* APPENDICES - French Aces who made claims with the MS.406 - Finnish MS.406 Aces - Finnish Aces who made some claims with the MS.406 them - Colour Plates captions

1 vol, 96 pgs 2013 UK, OSPREY PUBLISHING
NEW-softcover, available mid May 2014 ......$23.00

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