96 pages

French Flying Boats 1924-1939

By: Marcin Wawrzynkowski

ISBN: 978-83-65958-50-1

Price: £18 Format: A4


The Morski Dywizjon Lotniczy (MDlot – Polish Naval Air Squadron) was the country’s only maritime aviation unit before World War Two, and this volume examines the French flying boats used by the force before they were bombed on September 1, 1939. The publication starts with an overview of Polish naval aviation, including the 1911 formation of the specific unit at a former German station in Puck, Gdańsk Pomerania, plus their early allocation of German hydroplanes and Italian flying boats. These unreliable airframes were replaced by French machines, hence separate chapters are dedicated to aircraft from manufacturers Loiré et Olivier, Société Latham, Chantiers Aéro-Maritimes de la Seine (CAMS) and Hydravions Louis Schreck FBA (Schreck). These contain in-depth histories of each type utilised by the MDlot, including service, assignment and flight information tables, period photos plus full-colour profiles – these are supplemented with a separate section dedicated to camouflage and markings. Unfortunately, there aren’t many kits available depicting the subject matter, but fittingly, Polish company Choroszy Modelbud has produced resin 1/72 CAMS 30E (B05), Schreck FBA 17 HMT-2 (A217) and HE-2 (A218) and Latham 43 HB.3 (E02) offerings – all with Polish markings options.