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||Polskie Skrzydla Nr. 2 - Polish
Wings No. 2
Morane MS 406 C, Caudron CR 714 C1 Cyclone, Bloch MB 151/152 C1
By: Bartomiej Belcarz
Illustrator: Wojciech Sankowski
A4 format; 48 pages plus covers
GBP £6.00 from Mushroom Model Publications
42 color profiles of individual aircraft and
1/72 scale drawings
Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
is available online from Squadron
Perhaps I should have taken East
European studies in College, instead of Chinese studies. At least if I had
learned Polish, I could have gotten a lot more out of this great monograph that
arrived in my mail.
I have not previously heard of
this series from Poland, but a Google search turned up a Polskie Skrzydla No. 1,
which focused on the SPAd 61 C1, 51 C1 and WIbault 70 C1.
Polskie Skrzydla No. 2 focus on
the aircraft flown by Polish aviators in France as part of the French Air Force
(FAF) during the early part of World War II.
After the fall of Poland, many
Polish aviators escaped via Hungary and Rumania to get to the West to continue
the fight against Nazi Germany. A great many of them made it to France. In
February, 1940 an accord was signed that allowed for the potential re-creation
of the Polish Air Force (PAF) within the FAF.
I believe it was in March 1940
that Polish fighter pilots were assigned to sections within FAF fighter units –
Groupe de Chasse (GC). The primary fighter aircraft allocated to the
Polish pilots were the Morane MS 406, the Caudron CR714 and the Bloch
Even if one cannot read one word
of Polish, this monograph is a pure visual pleasure and a great amount of
information can be gleaned from the pictures, profiles and charts.
with the pictures, and all things considered, there are a surprising number of
good photographs of in service aircraft of all three types. Of course, there are
also a good number of pictures of derelict and wrecked aircraft, obviously taken
by German soldiers. Also, given the actual number of Caudron aircraft that were
put in service, there are ample photographs of this aircraft.
While a number of publications
have well done profiles, Polish Wings seems to have taken them to a new level.
The pictures and the profiles are well integrated. For each profile there is an
accompanying picture of the actual aircraft.
The profiles themselves are very
well done. The illustrator has attempted to show the camouflage pattern of the
specific aircraft pictured. A number of the profiles show multiple-views of the
aircraft. That profile of the Bloch MB 152 in RAF markings really peaked my
The variety of camouflage
patterns is also well shown for the three different aircraft types covered in
the monograph. Unlike Luftwaffe and RAF camouflage, no two patterns appear to
Even though the charts are not
in English, one can make out serial numbers of aircraft, the units in which they
were used and the pilots that flew them.
There is also a brief
discussion, in Polish only, of the painting of French aircraft in the 1940
campaign. The French color names are given along with the FS approximation.
Finally, there is a 1/72 scale
line drawing for each of the three aircraft.
The bottom line on this
monograph is that, even if you do not read a word of Polish, this is a must have
if you have any interest at all in French aircraft or the Polish Air Force.
With the help of this online
Polish-English / English-Polish dictionary
http://www.dict.pl/plen, perhaps one can
get even more from this monograph.
References on the Polish Air Force:
Polish Air Force 1939-1945;
Dr. Jan Koniarek; Squadron Signal Publications, 1994.
Polish Aces of World War 2;
Bobert Gretzyngier & Wojtek Matusiak; Osprey Publishing, 1998.
White Eagles; Bartlomiej
Belcarz & Robert Peczkowski; Hikoki, 2001.
GC 1/145 in France 1940;
Bartlomiej Belcarz; Mushroom Model Publications, 2002
Review Copyright © 2007 by Steven "Modeldad" Eisenman
This Page Created on 19 January, 2007
Last updated 24 December, 2007
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