The PZL P.24E entered service in the ARR in 1939. In June 1941, they were assigned to
the 6th Fighter Group, which was based on the Bucuresti-Otopeni airfield, with the mission
to defend the capital and the Ploesti area. During the Soviet raids in first weeks of war
they claimed 37 victories.
After the danger of the raids decreased considerably, in August, the P.24Es were sent
to take part in the siege of Odessa, where they fared reasonably well against aircraft as
obsolete as they were.
It became clear, after the first ARR campaign, that these Polish aircraft were not
fit for battle anymore and were relegated to the role of advanced trainer.
Picture from "Rumanian Air Force, the prime decade 1938-1947" by
Dénes Bernád, Squadron/Signal Publications, 1999
|Maximum speed at 4000 m
|Maximum operational ceiling
|IAR 14K Mc36 940 HP