Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

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Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by parahist » 03 May 2018 13:21

Switzerland was impartial country in WW2. But still, they have some air battle agains Germans and Allies. Also some of Swiss airplanes was shot down.

I'm looking info how many Swiss pilots / crew member used parchutes in war time? And who many times of them, the reason was air battle?

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by Mikenz » 04 May 2018 00:31

As a person growing up in Switzerland in the 70s and 80s, as well as a retired Sergeant of the Swiss Army, I have never heard or seen any pics from Swiss parachutist during WW2. I googled, probably like you, but found nothing..

According to Wikipedia: The Swiss Air Force mobilized on 28 August 1939, three days before Germany attacked Poland and initiated World War II, with 96 fighter and 121 observation aircraft; by some accounts the country possessed only eight antiaircraft searchlights. Of the 21 units of the Swiss Air Force, only three were judged combat-ready and five were not yet equipped with aircraft. The Air Force relied on 40 single-seat interceptors for first-line air defense.

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by Ironmachine » 04 May 2018 07:22

Well, here is an example, two pilots/crew members ejecting by parachute in 1941, during a combat exercise:
https://www.thelocal.ch/20160303/swiss- ... ke-lucerne

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by parahist » 04 May 2018 07:35

That's what I'm looking for, pilots/crew members who need to use parachute in WW2 time. Thanks Ironmachine!

I belive also, like Mikenz wrote that there was no real parachute troops in Swiss army that time. But I'm sure, that some pilots need to use parachute like we read earlier.

I hope to get more info!

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by peeved » 04 May 2018 08:33

http://www.swissair00.ch/aviatik-geschichte.html lists three cases due to non-combat reasons:

28.05.1942 Morane-Saulnier D-3800
08.06.1943 Bücker Bü 131 Jungmann
08.02.1945 Messerschmitt Bf 109

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by peeved » 04 May 2018 09:39

A lotta successful and attempted parachutings in WW2 Switzerland at http://aviation-safety.net

03.03.1940: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=121183
19.08.1940: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=89054
20.06.1941: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=140188
05.08.1941: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139091
14.08.1941: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139088
26.08.1941: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=120955
01.05.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139033
28.05.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139032
10.08.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139028
10.08.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139027
18.09.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=89055
18.09.1942: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139025
15.04.1943: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=140832 (RAF)
08.06.1943: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=139013
12.10.1943: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138883
23.10.1943: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138882
18.11.1943: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138872
15.03.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74559 (RAF)
16.03.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=163275 (USAAF)
28.04.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74570 (RAF)
28.04.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=181262 (RAF)
11.05.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74564 (USAAF)
27.05.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74568 (USAAF)
12.07.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74562 (USAAF)
13.07.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=177767 (USAAF)
20.07.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74571 (USAAF)
21.07.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=155315 (USAAF)
04.09.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138308
25.12.1944: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74567 (USAAF)
08.02.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138295
27.02.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74569 (USAAF)
27.02.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74566 (USAAF)
16.04.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=74565 (USAAF)
05.05.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138286
27.08.1945: http://aviation-safety.net/wikibase/wiki.php?id=138277

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by parahist » 04 May 2018 11:05

Great! And BIG THANKS!

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by parahist » 04 May 2018 16:43

It looks that still some case are missing. I had find so far one more:

https://b17flyingfortress.de/en/b17/42- ... ttle-chub/
- four of them bail out 24th of April, 1944.

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Re: Swiss Air Force, parachutes and WW2

Post by Mikenz » 09 May 2018 00:13

Oh wow..that is great stuff..One never stops learning!

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