|Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in France
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in France
The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in France. Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website. Photos are as credited. Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in France would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at email@example.com.
Data current to 17 Oct 2018.
(Aldo Bidini Photos)
North American P-51D-30-NA Mustang (Serial No. 44-74427), c/n 122-40967, "Nooky Booky IV", Reg. No. F-AZSB.
(Alan Wilson Photo)
North American P-51D Mustang (Serial No. 44-73656), c/n 122-40196, H-OW, "Moonbeam McSwine", Reg. No., Frederic Akary.
Despite being delivered to the UK in 1945, this Mustang didn't see any active service and instead returned to the US. It remained in USAF service with various Air National Guard units until demobilized in 1958. After a period of civil operation, it was reworked by Cavalier Aircraft and in 1968 it joined the Fuerza Aerea Salvadoreña (El Salvador Air Force) who operated it (Serial No. 406), until 1974. There is a possibility that it saw combat in the 1969 soccer war and may have come up against what is now the Red Bull F4U-4 Corsair, which was in FAH service at the time. It is painted in the colours of the 352FG based at Bodney during 1944. Sold to Frederic Akary in France in early 2013 and was making it's first appearance at Legends. Actual US military serial 44-73656.
(Alan Wilson Photos)
(Jeff Guilbert Photo)
(Paul Nelhams Photo)
Hawker Hurricane Mk. IIa (Serial No. P3351). This Hurricane Mk. I served with RAF No. 73 Sqn during the Battle of France. Relegated to a training role, she suffered an accident in September 1941 and was rebuilt as a Mk. IIa. She was re-serialled as(Serial No. DR393). She was then sent to Russia and served with the Soviet Air Force until she was shot down in the winter of 1943. The fighter was recovered in 1991, and restored by Hawker Restorations for Tim Wallis in New Zealand. Although restored as a Mk. IIa, she was painted to represent P3351 when it flew during the Battle of France. She is now with a private owner in France, with the civil registration F-AZXR.
(Mike Freer - Touchdown-aviation Photo)
(Jerry Gunner Photo)
(Tony Hisgett Photo)
(Alan Wilson Photo)
Supermarine Spitfire PR Mk. XIX (Serial No. PS890), c/n 6S/585110. This aircraft wears the markings of a Mk. XIV operated by No. 152 Sqn, SEAC. Built as a PR .XIX with a Griffon 66 engine at Supermarine Aviation(Vickers) Ltd. in 1944 and given production prototype engine mount modifications on 29 November 1944, arriving at 6 Maintenance Unit on 9 April 1945. She was moved to RAF Benson (PRU) for storage on 30 April 1945. PS890 joined 542 Squadron on 13 June 1945 followed by 81 Squadron at Seletar, Singapore on 22 January 1951. She was transferred to The Royal Thai Air Force as U14-26/97 on 3 June 1954. In 1962 she was donated by King Bhumibel of Siam to Ed Maloney of the Air Museum at Claremont, California, and put into storage. During a rebuild PS890 was fitted with a Shackleton engine and retained contra-rotating propellers flying again in May 2002 and operated by Planes of Fame, Chino. In 2005 Christophe Jacquard acquired her and based her in Dijon-Darois, France.
Musée de l'air et de l'espace, (Air and Space Museum), located at the south-eastern edge of Le Bourget Airport, north of Paris.
Dewoitine D.520, 6.
Fieseler Fi 103 V-1, FZG 76 flying bomb.
(Roland Turner Photo)
Focke-Wulf Fw 190A-8 (Wk. Nr. 730923), a French NC.900, No. 62 modified to represent an A-7. It is painted in the colours of Oberst Josef Priller, Luftwaffe Kommodore of JG 26, who accumulted 101 victories, many of them in Fw 190s.
Heinkel He 162A-2 (Wk. Nr.).
Martin B-26 Marauder.
North American P-51D Mustang (Serial No. 44-63871).
Republic P-47 Thunderbolt, 371.