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XyZspineZyX
11-10-2003, 06:18 PM
Anyone have info on this a/c and it history in the Battle of France?



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XyZspineZyX
11-10-2003, 06:18 PM
Anyone have info on this a/c and it history in the Battle of France?



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XyZspineZyX
11-10-2003, 06:23 PM
I found this on an aircraft model site:

'Curtiss Hawk 75A-2 No. 140, coded UO 40, was flown between October 1939 and December 1939 by Cpl. Vladimir Vasek & Cpl. Otto Hanzlicek of CIC Chartres. During the Battle of France in 1940 it had a change of markings as well as crew, being flown by Cne. Josef Duda (1 victory, 1 probable) and Sgt. Chef Frantisek Chabera as well as Hanzlicek. The next choice is another Hawk 75A-2, No.145, coded UO 45, of GC II/5. This plane was flown by Lt. Jan Klan during the Battle of France in 1940, where he scored 5 victories and 3 probables.

Option number four is a Hawk 75A-2, No. 129, coded UO 29. This plane was flown by Sgt. Chef Frantisek Chabera, who scored 5 victories and 2 probables while flying with the 4 Escadrille, GC II/5 during the Battle of France, 1940. The last example is a Hawk 75A-1, No. 58, coded X8 57. This plane had several pilots during its career, including Cne. Maria Monraisse (6+2 victories) of 1. Escadrille GC II/5 and Lt. Jan Klan (5+3 victories) & Cpl. Chef Otto Hanzlicek (2+1 victories) of 3. Escadrille GC II/5."

XyZspineZyX
11-10-2003, 08:07 PM
Found this as well:


HAWKS OVER FRANCE

"The French campaign of 1939/40 was the Hawk's most significant combat role. It was second only to the Morane-Saulnier MS406 in numbers and was considered the best fighter in the French inventory with the exception of the Dewoitine D520 which entered service in the closing days of the campaign.
The French initially balked at buying the Hawk, considering it too expensive, but serious problems with the Bloch MB-150 gave them little option. Although the French ordered almost 300 Hawks armed with the Wright Cyclone (Hawk 75A-4) only six were delivered before the armistice, thus only Twin Wasp models saw combat.
The first delivered were 100 Hawk 75 A-1s with 950 hp R-1830-SC-G, similar to the prototype models for the USAAC. The Hawk 75 A-2, also numbering 100 machines, had R-1830-SC2-Gs offering 1,050 HP and mounted six 7.5 MM Browning machine guns, up from four in the A-1. The Hawk 75 A-3 mounted the PW R-1830-S1C3-G engine, similar to the -17 in the P-36C. Although 135 A-3s were ordered, only 60 reached France before the armistice. The A-4 mounted the 1200 HP R-1820 G205A Wright Cyclone engines, and would have been the most formidable Hawks to serve with the Armee De L' Aire, offering 323 MPH and an initial climb rate of 2820 FPM.

In all, 291 Hawk 75As reached France. Of these, 101 were operational when the Blitzkrieg began in May 1940. The Hawk's primary opponent was the Messerschmitt Bf-109E and Hawks scored the first fighter kills in Europe when two Bf-109s were brought down on 8 September 1939. The Hawk was not as well armed as the Bf-109 and much slower, but was more maneuverable at all speeds and could absorb more combat damage.

Four Groupes De Chasse operated the Hawk throughout the campaign, while a fifth replaced its MS-406s with it in early June. The Hawk was the most successful fighter flown by the French during the campaign. Two-Hundered thirty victories were claimed, with GC 1/5 leading with 85 confirmed and 26 probables. There were six aces in this unit alone, with the great Marin La Meslee leading with 20. The elderly MS-406 suffered heavy losses while the MB-152 -an impressive-looking aircraft with its sleek contours and wing-mounted cannon - was the least successful in combat and suffered the heaviest losses.
There has been mixed opinion on the Hawk's performance over France. While some have pointed out that it was flown by elite units, it should also be noted that the majority of Hawks in action over France were the early A-1 and A-2 models. Relatively few of the more capable A-3s, and none of the A-4s, were in service. Had the Luftwaffe had to start the war with its initial BF-109B production model, the jagdflieger would have been outclassed by the Hawk 75A-1, let alone the later models. In addition the Hawk was older in design and prototype than any of the French types, including even the MS-406 which first flew three months after the Hawk.

In a 1995 interview with World War II magazine, expatriate Czech pilot Frantisek Perina recalled the Hawk's outstanding maneuverability. It could "outmaneuver any German aircraft. If one got on your tail in one 360-degree turn you were behind him." Perina regarded the Hawk as superior to the Hurricane, which he felt was heavier on the controls.
In late 1942 Vichy-operated Hawk 75s fought US Navy Wildcats from the USS Ranger in North Africa. The Vichy Hawks came out on the short end of the stick, losing 15 for the loss of seven Wildcats. "

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