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Old 30th January 2006, 19:33
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French hand over of downed Luftwaffe crews in 1940

In 1940 the French went back on their promise and handed captured Luftwaffe crews back to the Germans not to the RAF as agreed !!

I understand the numbers were very high including 400 pilots including 21 BF110 crews ( 12 pilots and 9 gunners )

Winston Churchill commented " they will be used to bomb this country and force our airmen to shoot them down again" in many cases they did.

However, were any future aces / Experten in this batch of released crews, that later in the war caused the Allies a problem ?
Also what difference if any would the loss of these crews had made on the Luftwaffe during the soon to arrive Battle of Britain.

Can i just add this is not a snipe at the French, just a genuine question
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