Dewoitine D520 in Romania?

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Dewoitine D520 in Romania?

Post by Ovidius » 19 Jul 2002 12:27

. The Dewoitine D.520 was used by the Luftwaffe, Regia Aeronautica (60 aircraft in 1942-43), Bulgaria (120 aircraft from 1943), and Romania, as well as by Free French units when the Allies invaded Europe.


Source: http://www.kotfsc.com/aircraft/d520.htm

But by 1942 the Vichy government was no more, and the Luftwaffe took the D.520 as an advanced trainer. It also sold some to Romania, Bulgaria, and Italy.


Source: http://www.geocities.com/CapeCanaveral/Runway/2337/D520.htm

Please, anyone can tell that this is true, and if yes, which units had used the D.520 in the Romanian Royal Air Forces?

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Post by Victor » 19 Jul 2002 14:24

I never heard of this so far.

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Post by Mait » 19 Jul 2002 16:30

The Rumanian Air Force operated a small batch of D.520s in combat on the Eastern Front, flying them alongside that air force's Bf 109s.

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http://www.csd.uwo.ca/~pettypi/elevon/b ... ml#RTFToC1

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Post by Andy H » 19 Jul 2002 20:28

I have never come across any mention of D520's being flown by the FARR and am somewhat sceptical of the links accuracy on this point.

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Post by Victor » 20 Jul 2002 07:14

I have to disagree here. The Romanian Royal Aeronautics are my strong point. I have read a lot on this subject. I have never encountered the D. 520 in Romanian service. There is no way these airplanes were overlooked.

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Post by Mait » 21 Jul 2002 00:24

Well, I could dig out this:

"It was previously believed that the Rumanian Air Force had received a small number of D.520's, but recent information suggests that these were aircraft in transit to Bulgaria. Rumanian Air Force records do not seem to record the receipt of any D.520’s."

Source: http://www.wwiitechpubs.com/hangar/ac-f ... 20-br.html

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Post by Victor » 21 Jul 2002 07:46

Another reliable source on Romanian aircraft during WWII are these two sites:

http://pages.sprint.ca/denes/Start.html (the site of Denes Bernad)
and
http://www.arr.go.ro ( :D my site)

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Post by Andy H » 21 Jul 2002 10:15

Of the 246 D520'S captured by the Germans, 96 were given to Bulgaria, the first 48 arriving in September'43. I think all served within units making up the 6th Fighter Regiment.

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Post by Csaba Becze » 03 Aug 2002 12:30

This is a classical mistake. I have found some sources, that the Hungarian Air Force also used this type, but this isn't true. Rumania and Hungary never used this - quite good - fighters.

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Post by Andy H » 03 Aug 2002 15:39

Csaba

To which classical mistake are you refering!!

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Post by Mait » 04 Aug 2002 11:15

I think he was refering to the classical mistake that the Romanian Air Force received a small patch of French Dewoitine D-520 after the fall of Vichy France. As much as I had read the articles in the internet about the subject (and these were not based on the same sources or written by same authors) I always found this note about D-520 in Romanian service. It seems that one author had made a mistake and being an author with high authority the mistake started to spread :)

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Post by Csaba Becze » 05 Aug 2002 12:42

Well, I wrote this, because I think, that one man used one bad source, and a lot of other used later his bad article.
I am not too good about FARR's history, but I have a lot of information about this intersting air force. They never used this type in fight, and I think, they didn't use this type as a training plane too (I don't have any info about this plane in Rumanian hands).

I've found some articles, that the Hungarian Air Force also used this planes, but this isn't true. Hungary never got any Dewoitines.
The 15th AAF's military intelligence reported in early 1944, that the Hungarian Air Force had a lot of Dewoitines. It wasn't true, it was a quite big mistake of American recon forces - perhaps it was the bad "source" later.
BTW I have just one Hungarian photo about Dewoitine D.520 planes, but it was taken in France, in early 1943 (the photo was taken by a Ju 88 crewman, who got his training here).

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Post by Topspeed » 30 Jun 2004 09:47

Right Dewoitine was considered to be the best French fighter during WWII.
Finns got Morane Saulnier 405s....which was not really state of the art during 1942-44.
Relative of mine survived the war flying a Morane Saulnier. It had a good turning radius...able to run but not hide.

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Post by DenesBernad » 24 Feb 2005 16:55

Victor wrote:Another reliable source on Romanian aircraft during WWII:
http://pages.sprint.ca/denes/Start.html (the site of Denes Bernad)


The site's address has changed to:
http://aviatia.cda.ro/denes/start.html

Dénes

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