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Charles Nungesser

Charles Nungesser was a French Fighter ace in World War One with 45 victories.  He flew the Nieuport 17.

Nieuport Ni 17 of Charles Nungesser, 1916
Charles Nungesser (1883-1927)

The aircraft he flew bore prominent tricolour markings on the upper surfaces of the wings and fuselage.  Charles was an impetuous character.  His first kill, an albatros,  was earned when he took off from his base without permission. Nungesser lead a distinguished career, fighting even after being wounded in combat or crashes.  There was a great rivalry between Charles Nungesser and René Fonck, perhaps fuelling his determination to get back into the cockpit, despite injuries that would have brought the war to an end for most other men.  He was injured several times, and even took to the air in May 1916 having  crashed that January, breaking both his legs and suffering a fractured skull and internal bleeding.  His ground crew carried him to his plane, strapped him in, and when he came home, lifted most of him out of the cockpit and carried him off to hospital again.  Charles Nungesser scored 45 confirmed victories, ranking him third amongst French Fighter Aces after Fonck and Gunmeyer.  Charles Nungesser lost his life in 1927 in a failed attempt to cross the Atlantic Ocean.  Like so many of the brave men of all nations during that conflict, he lived fast and died young.


The DCM kit faithfully reproduces the livery of the aircraft that Nungesser flew in the spring of 1916.  It is available for download today for the price of $4.99.



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