30 March 1940
War in the Air
German aircraft approach the Shetlands
France places an order for 170 Bell P-400 Airacobras, to be delivered in October 1940. The aircraft eventually reach the RAF.
Churchill warns of a looming intensification of the war
The Turkish government closes down a pro-Nazi newspaper
Bell P-39 Airacobra, Robert F. Dorr with Jerry C. Scutts
(Crowood Aviation). A detailed looked at the development and service history of this controversial American fighter aircraft. The P-39 had a poor reputation amongst British and American pilots, and Dorr examines the reasons why, as well as looking at why the same aircraft was so much more popular in Soviet Service. Scutts provides a chapter on the P-63 Kingcobra, and the book also covers the numerous Bell fighter projects that failed to enter production.
How to cite this article: Rickard, J (28 December 2007), 30 March 1940, http://www.historyofwar.org/secondworldwar/date/1940_03_30.html