Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces

Morane-Saulnier MS.406 Aces

by Kari Stenman, Christian-Jacques Ehrengardt, Chris Davey
     
 

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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 Arm_e 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

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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 Arm_e 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 armour 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.

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"...I utterly relished this ripping read.  And if you seek breaks from commonplace Mustangs and Messerschmitts, you will, too."
- David L. Veres, www.cybermodeler.com

"In line with other books in this series, there are a ton of well done period photographs as well as the usual large center section of full color profiles of the planes that were flown by units during the war. We also get the usual mission stories to spice things up, one of the major attractions of this series. In the appendices is a listing of aces and their scores. An excellent read and a great reference book for the fan of this French fighter."
- Scott Van Aken, www.modelingmadness.com

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781782003434
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
05/20/2014
Series:
Aircraft of the Aces , #121
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Format:
NOOK Book
Pages:
96
File size:
19 MB
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Meet the Author

Kari Stenman is undoubtedly the most knowledgeable authority on the Finnish Air Force in World War 2, having written over a dozen books on the subject since the late 1960s. The co-author of the successful Aircraft of the Aces volume on Finnish fighter pilots, he runs his own publishing company in Finland.
Chris Davey has illustrated more than 30 titles for Osprey's Aircraft of the Aces, Combat Aircraft, and Aviation Elite Units series. He is one of the last traditional airbrush artists in the business and has become Osprey's artist of choice for both USAAF fighters and RAF subject matter, proving his undoubted skill when dealing with large aircraft subjects such as the Halifax and Sunderland. Chris is based in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire, UK.

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