Air War Over Italy by Andrew Brookes

By Andrew Brookes

Хронология войны над Италией во время Второй Мировой Войны. Много интересных фотографий.
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The destruction of two Potez twin-engined bombers, two airships and a balloon had been shared between pilots from Spain and Italy. 32, namely García Morato (11), Mantelli (nine), Montegnacco (seven) and Cenni (six). 32 pilots, around 80 have been verified by historical research as representing actual losses suffered by the Republican air force. 32s had been sent to Spain by October 1936, and a similar number arrived from Italy between November and January. The bulk of these aircraft departed La Spezia aboard the Aniene in late December and arrived in Seville on 1 January 1937.

Several other I-15s returned to their base at Campo Soto, near Algete, with varying degrees of battle damage. Shortly after his encounter with the Soviet fighters, García Morato shot down a Potez twin-engined bomber that force-landed in Republican territory with a dead engine. Weather conditions deteriorated over the next few days, but aerial battles continued over Madrid as Nationalist forces prepared for a massive attack in the hope of a decisive victory that would allow them to occupy the city.

32s from 26a Squadriglia, led by Capitano Viola, clashed with 16 I-15s between the Republican escuadrilla’s two bases. Italian pilots claimed to have shot down seven ‘Curtiss fighters’ without loss, Viola being credited with two individual victories and Presel one. Although both sides drastically overestimated their claims, Spanish I-15 pilot Marcelino Alonso Romero did indeed lose his life during this encounter. The following morning, Presel wrote in a letter addressed to his family in Italy, ‘After a lull of many days we performed a magnificent flight that has once again permitted us to defeat our adversaries.

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