The Swiss Air Force came into existence during WW 1. When the threat started to grow in the early thirties the evaluation for modern equipment started. Despite some obstacles due to internal fights, the Swiss Air Force could field some 60 modern Bf 109 E Fighters in May 1940. In addition the Germans had just delivered 28 additional fighters of the same type.
In parallel the Swiss department of defense had started to build the Morane-Saulnier MS-406 Morane in license (called D3800). In May 1940 some 34 planes were deployed and 10 additional ones ready to be handed over.
In the area of the fighter bombers the aircraft which could be fielded were obsolete Dewoitine D-27 and homegrown C-35. Both airplanes where the design dated back from the 20s or the early 30s. In no way a match to German aviation.
The following number of planes was available in May 1940:
|Total Attack Aircraft||90||41||131|
|Total Fighter Aircraft||92||38||130|
AFP = Armeeflugzeugpark. Central service organization.
Of the 86 Bf-109 ten were of the older Bf-109 Ausf D model. The rest were new Bf-109 Ausf E models.
The Swiss Airforce was organized in three air regiments (Fliegerregimenter). Each of these regiments had between two and three air batallions (Fliegerabteilungen) with three air companies (Fliegerkompanien) each.
The strength and deployment on May 10, 1940 was as follows:
|Fl Kp||Serviceable Aircraft||Type||Airfield|
[Last Update 30.08.2010]