No. 3111. Caudron C.445 Goéland French Air Force
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Caudron C.445 Goéland

Original German propaganda photo caption: "Fallen into our hands undamaged. Our troops captured these aircraft undamaged at an airfield near Paris. Photo 42251, July 1, 1940."

12/12/2003. Remarks by Carlo Soliani: "The photo depicts brand-new Caudron C.445 Goéland (Seagull) light transport aircraft. In my opinion the photo was taken immediately after the fall of France (June 1940), probably at Issy-les-Molineaux aerodrome (Paris), just near the Caudron factory. Note the lack of the propellers in all aircraft: sabotage? Note also the French insignia temporarily covered by fabric wraps, seemingly before the application of Luftwaffe markings. Indeed Goélands were extensively used by Luftwaffe not only for transport but also for training duties in flying schools."

Read the type remarks on page 12304.

Created December 12, 2003