Syhart - 1/48 Dassault Rafale C 30-GT '75 ans retour en France du Normandie-Niemen' Rc 2/30-2020
The 'Normandie-Niemen' is one of the most famous squadrons of the French Air and Space Force, memoring the historical traditions of the French pilots who joined Russia during the World War II to form this FAFL* squadron from 1942 within the Russian Air Force, like the other Fafl squadrons formed within the Royal Air Force since 1940. (*FAFL: Free French Air Forces).
At the end of the World War II in Europe, the 'Normandie-Niemen' Fighter Regiment confirmed 273 aerial victories, but also the loss of 42 men, killed or missing in action.
In June 1945, Stalin gave the named the pilots 'heroes of the Soviet Union' , and gave them their own YAK-3, before allowing them to return to France.
It is from June 15 that they take the air from Moscow to France, passing through Pozna , Praque, Stuttgart, Saint-Dizier before arriving at Le Bourget on June 20, 1945.
In June 2020, the 2/30 'Normandie-Niemen' Fighter Regiment based in Mont-de-Marsan commemorates the 75th anniversary of the return to France of these men with a special painting on the tail of the Rafale C 30-GT with the colors of Normandie-Niemen on starboard and listing the battles in which the regiment took part , and show its return to France on the map of Europe painted on the port side. On the top of the fin are first painted the French and Russian flags, then the only French colors remained.