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Amlot 341 Long Range Bomber
Model Airplane News Cover Art for December, 1938
by Jo Kotula
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The Amiot 354 was the last in a series of fast, twin-engine bombers which fought with the Armée de l'Air in limited numbers during the Battle of France.
Derived from the Amiot 341 mail plane, the Amiot 340 prototype was involved in a propaganda misinformation flight to Berlin in August of 1938 to convince the Germans that the French employed modern bombers. Though 130 machines were ordered by the French government that year, production delays and ordered modifications ensured that September 1939 saw no delivered aircraft. Eventually, the ordered number of this very modern aircraft reached 830, though ultimately only 80 machines were received by the Air Ministry. The main variant was the twin-tailed 351; however, due to various delays, the single-tailed 354 was accepted into service as an interim type.The Amiot 351 was planned to mount one 7.5 mm machine gun in nose and ventral positions and one 20 mm Hispano-Suiza HS.404 cannon in the dorsal position. Due to various technical issues with the armament installation, many aircraft went to operational units with only a single light machine gun in the dorsal position.
Photos of the Amlot 341 and 351 Long Range Bomber
Right: twin-tailed 351
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