Romania built or bought the updated version, the P.24. They used parts of the P.24 to build the IAR 80 and 81. The Polish Air Force was not to be underestimated, fought the two biggest air forces and armies in the world.
In 1940 they were not in use at all due to the sad fact that Poland alone has not been able to resist Nazi strike from three directions combined with Soviet and Slovakian attack (which was a Nazi sattelite at that time). Thus the Polish Air Force used these outdated planes in combat from September 1st, 1939 until October 6th, 1939, to be correct, which was the time when they were defending the skies over their home country. In 1940 they used already French and Brithish aircraft as they were already in Exile. By the way it is worth notice that this plane's ancestor, the P.7 was the first plane with an overall metal airframe ever introduced into service. Great job, rOEN911!
Nice to see the Poles getting some well deserved recognition. They had some of the best pilots out there, though their aircraft were outdated. It took me a moment to decide which type I was looking at, a P.11 or an older P.7. But that's most likely just a case of me needing to study the differences more.
Is this that polnic airplane from the beginning of WWII? I forgot the name, but the wings are rather iconic. These crafts were badly outclassed by the german BF-109, but the polnish pilots still put up a hell of a fight, destroying almost as much german airplanes as they were themself in numbers, reaching nearly 1:1 (calculated with ALL german crafts, not the Bf-109, 3rd Reich lost about 38 Bfs, mostly on ground).
Lovely piece of art! Well done I must admit I don't know much about this stunningly brutal looking aircraft, but I see it's started a "bit" of debate over Polish history! My only penny's worth is that I think the Poles did an admirable job against such an advanced war machine. We owe a lot to those that helped fight and protect the innocent. These pilots must have been really brave going up against such overwhelming forces and to them this piece is an admirable salute.
PZL P.11 and PZL P.7 fighters (155 together) shoot down about 140-145 german planes with looses about 50 due to air combat. About 60 were left on the ground due to lack of fuel or supplies, the rest flew to Romania, Hungary, Latvia or Lithuania between 17'th of September (Sovet agression) and 23'th of September.
Counting totall. German's had lost ~250 destroyed and ~250 heavily demaged aircrafts over Poland. Also ~1000 destroyed or heavily demaged armoured vechicles.
From 1.929 German aircraft and 2.700 German armored vechicles on 1'st of September, by the end of September Campaign 26% of Luftwaffe and 37% of Panzerwaffe was unoperational.