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Dewoitine D-520

French fighter with the doubtful honour of fighting on both sides during WW2 - against the Germans in 1940, for Germanys Vichy ally after Frances fall, and some for the Free French. Date: 1936+

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Ally Dewoitine Doubtful Free Germans Germanys Honour Sides Specific Vichy 1936


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This evocative photograph captures the sleek lines and powerful presence of a Dewoitine D-520 fighter aircraft, a machine that holds a unique and complex place in the annals of World War II history. Produced by the French aircraft manufacturer Dewoitine starting in 1936, the D-520 was a formidable single-seat monoplane fighter, known for its agility and maneuverability. The image shows the aircraft in flight, its wings slicing through the air with precision and grace. But the history of this particular D-520 is far from straightforward. This fighter saw action on both sides of the conflict, making it a symbol of the complexities and contradictions of the war. In 1940, as the tide of battle turned against France, some D-520s were captured by the Germans and pressed into service with the Luftwaffe. Others were flown by French pilots who chose to collaborate with the Vichy regime, which sought to maintain a separate peace with Germany. But the story does not end there. Some D-520s also found their way into the hands of Free French forces, who continued to resist the Axis powers from exile. This dual role in the conflict gives the Dewoitine D-520 a unique and intriguing place in the history of World War II aviation. The photograph, taken during the 1930s or early 1940s, offers a glimpse into the past, transporting us back to a time of uncertainty and conflict. It serves as a reminder of the complexities of history and the enduring allure of the open sky and the thrill of flight.

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