Curtis Hawk H75 G-CCVH, of the Duxford based Fighter Collection. This a/c one of the first batch of 100 sent to the French air force (Armée de l'Air) in April 1939. After service during the Battle of France it served the Vichy regieme in Algeria,Tunisia Morocco, engaged in occassional skirmishes with the RAF USAAF. Finished service with a training sqdn in 1949.
French Armée de l'Air Curtis H-75 Hawk, just before outbreak of WWII. France had ordered Curtis' more modern P-40 Warhawks, but few if any arrived before outbreak of war, most of order went to Britain by default as P-40 Warhawks, Kittyhawks, later models with a few other names, for basically same airframe. P-40 was basically reengined Hawk with an inline engine, necessary fuselage remodelling.