Saturday, 23 March 2013
The Turkish Air Force in World War 2
A Turkish MS 406 sporting the 1940 colour scheme. The only difficulty I foresee is the crescent and star on the tail!
An early Turkish Hurricane Mk1 with an alternative colour scheme.
A Hurricane IIc tropical version. Turkey was fond of the Hurricane!
A P40 in Turkish colours
A Spitfire MkVb tropical version.
FW190 - the Turks really liked this type
The P47 which the Turks used to replace the MS406s - a fairly radical change of type methinks!
As you can see from the above the Turkish air force used a wide variety of types during the period of WW2 and I should point out that this does not include the Fairey Battle, Heinkel 111 and the DH Mosquito! For my Middle Eastern project I shall be concentrating on the 1940 to 1941 period so it will be primarily the MS406 and Hurricanes in service. I have four of the former and will need to acquire four of the latter. Having said that, the scheme on the FW 190 (and you know how much I like an FW190....!) does look rather tempting!