Curtiss Hawk H-75 In French Service Book Review
by Ray Mehlberger
|Date of Review||May 2010||Title||Curtiss Hawk H-75 In French Service|
|Author||Lionel Persyn||Publisher||Mushroom Model Publications|
|Format||160 pages, softbound||MSRP (USD)||$22.95|
MMP (Mushroom Model Publications) is based in the UK. Their books are printed by Stratus in Sandomierz, Poland in the English language.
The Curtiss Hawk H-75 was the export version of the P-36, and was ordered in some quantity by the French Armee de l Air in 1938, to supplement the slow delivery of modern fighters from French manufacturers. When the German forces attacked in May 1940, the Hawks proved to be among the most effective fighters available to the French, and saw considerable action.
This new book from Stratus/MMP describes the acquisition and operations of the H-75 in French service, throughout the war and even post-war as trainers. The last examples being retired in August 1949. The H-75 saw action with the Vichy forces against the British and the Americans in North Africa, and some examples ended up as Luftwaffe trainers.
The book is profusely illustrated with 203 black and white wartime photos. Nine photos are in color: the one on the cover and the other eight are of the walk-around variety of a preserved example. There are 3 other wartime photos that are done in various shades of blue. In the rear of the book are 44 color side profile illustrations. Four of these are for Vichy aircraft and the rest are the French schemes. Two illustrations are 4-views.
The color profiles cover all the marking schemes used by these aircraft in their 10-year service.
The book will prove to be an invaluable reference source for aircraft historians, modelers and enthusiasts. It is 144 pages in length, soft-cover and in Stratus/MMP’s usual 6 ½” x 9” page format for their aircraft books.