- 02/04/2020 at 00:36 #134151irishserbParticipant
Can anyone suggest a book that offers a history of French Air Force squadrons during the Cold War? I don’t care if the scope of the book is greater, but I’m primarily interested in 1950-1985 or so. I’m looking for aircraft types that served and where the squadrons were located as a part of NATO and after.
irishserb02/04/2020 at 03:38 #134152madmanParticipant
I looked at Wikipedia for French Air Force squadrons and they seem to have a two part nomenclature. So there is a 1/9 and a 2/9. I didn’t stay long enough to understand but maybe the first number is the wing and the second the squadron.
Anyways my idea for you was since most squadrons have their own page perhaps you could see potential books in the bibliography section of the appropriate pages. I have used this some in my own searches of info.02/04/2020 at 09:33 #134157PatriceParticipant
I made a quick research. They say this book has the story of each “escadre”:
According to the French Wiki the old name “groupe de chasse” is replaced by the name “escadron” from 1949, to avoid risks of confusion when working with other allied countries. In names such as 1/64 the first number is the “escadron” and the second number is the “escadre” to which it belongs. These escadron names were retained even when their old escadres had been dissolved; some were modified recently (2014-2015) when new escadres were re-created.
Also found this about aircraft types:
https://www.anargader.net/02/04/2020 at 11:43 #134165PatriceParticipant
Ah and about the 9, this:
It says the 9ème escadre was dissolved in 1946, created again from 1950, active in Indochina (with P 63 at first and later F8F-1B and F6F).
At Lahr Husgweier from 1954 (with F 84 E/G and T 33, and two NC 701) then at Metz from 1956 (with F 84 F). Dissolved 1965, other units took the tradition and part of the name, etc.
https://www.anargader.net/02/04/2020 at 12:25 #134167irishserbParticipant
Many thanks!! Perfect, guys.
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