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The Dewoitine D.520

Its first flight was October 1938. It flew with the French Air Force until German occupation. It was used by Vichy and Free French Air Forces until the end of the war, as well as by the German Luftwaffe as a trainer.

After seizing non-occupied part of France in November 1942, Germans captured 246 Dewoitine D.520C1 fighters, but only 182 of them were airworthy.

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Repainted and reequipped (i.e. German R/T FuG 7 and FuG 7a) served in Luftwaffe for operational training. There were used in three units: JG 101 in Nancy (later at Pau-Nord) in France, JG 103 in Zeltweg in Austria (later in Brussels area) and JG 105 in Paris-Le Bourget and in Chartres.

Dewoitine fighters were used for combat and operational training after primary training on Ar 96.

Some of German captured planes were sold to German Allies, some destroyed during France Campaign in 1944 or recaptured by Free French pilots and French Resistance. Last known were used in September 1944 by JG 103 in Brussels area.

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