Swiss Air Force - May 10, 1940

Aircraft

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:

Attack Aircraft

Serviceable AFP Total
D27 34 20 54
C35 56 21 77
Total Attack Aircraft 90 41 131

Fighter Aircraft

Serviceable AFP Total
D3800 34 10 44
Bf109 58 28 86
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.

Organization

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
1 9   C-35 Belp
2 9   C.35 Belp
3 12   D-27 Belp
4 7   D-3800 Thun
5 7   D-3800 Thun
6 10   Bf-109 Thun
7 8   Bf-109 Payerne
8 7   Bf-109 Avenches
9 7   Bf-109 Avenches
10 11   C-35 Utzensdorf
11 9   C-35 Kestenholz
12 11   D-27 Grenchen
13 6   D-3800 Geneve
14 6   D-3800 Geneve
15 13   Bf-109 Bözingen
16 9   C.35 Emmen
17 9   C-35 Buochs
18 11   D-27 Luzern
19 4   D-3800 Geneve
20 4   D-3800 Geneve
21 13   Bf-109 Emmen

[Last Update 30.08.2010]