Monument to the regiment 'Normandie-Niemen' in Le Bourget
Before the entrance to the Museum of cosmonautics in Le Bourget in September 2006 was opened a monument to pilots of the regiment "Normandy-Neman", who took part in the fighting on the Soviet-German front in 1943-1945. A squadron of 14 French pilots of 58 mechanics was formed at the initiative of the Committee "Free France". The name "Normandy" squadron gave the volunteers themselves-in honor of the French region, where it was given the most persistent resistance to German troops during the campaign of 1940.
The squadron, later grew into an air regiment, was equipped with Soviet Yak-1 then Yak-9 and Yak-3. In the maintenance of the aircraft helped the French Soviet mechanics. Sculptor Victor Surovtsev portrayed the French pilot and Soviet mechanics, waiting for the return of his comrades from combat flight.
Plaque with the stages of the fighting way regiment "Normandy-Neman". French aviators received baptism of fire at the Kursk bulge and met a Victory at the Elbe. The second part of the name of the regiment appeared over the heavy air battles, which were attended by the regiment in crossing the Neman river.