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Italian Co belligerent air force request

Post by maxs75 » 05 Mar 2006 00:07

Hi,
I'm looking for the order of battle of the Italian co- belligerent air force. I know that this force got some allied planes, but I don't have much info about it.
How much strong was it? How many squadrons were commissioned?

Thanks in advance

Max

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Re: Italian Co belligerent air force request

Post by Davide Pastore » 07 Mar 2006 18:58

maxs75 wrote:I'm looking for the order of battle of the Italian co- belligerent air force
Final OOB (late 1944 / early 1945)
Strength (set by Allies) of 16 planes per Gruppo
[1943/44 planes => 1944/45 planes]

Raggruppamento Caccia
- 4° Stormo C.T. [MC.202 & MC.205 => P-39Q]
- - IX Gruppo C.T. (96ª & 97ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - X Gruppo C.T. (84ª & 90ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - XII Gruppo C.T. (73ª & 91ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- 5° Stormo C.T. [Re.2001 & Re.2002 => MC.202 & MC.205]
- - CI Gruppo C.T. (208ª & 238ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - CII Gruppo C.T. (209ª & 239ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - VIII Gruppo C.T. (92ª & 93ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- 51° Stormo C.T. [MC.202 & MC.205 => Spitfire V]
- - XX Gruppo C.T. (356ª & 360ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - XXI Gruppo C.T. (351ª & 386ª Squadriglia C.T.)
- - CLV Gruppo Aut. C.T. (361ª & 378ª Squadriglia C.T.)
Raggruppamento Bombardieri - Trasporti
- Stormo "Baltimore" [Martin M.187]
- - XXVIII Gruppo B.T. (19ª & 260ª Squadriglia B.T.)
- - CXXXII Gruppo B.T. (253ª & 281ª Squadriglia B.T.)
- Stormo Trasporti [Cant.Z.1007]
- - II Gruppo T. (102ª & 103ª Squadriglia T.)
- - IIC Gruppo T (240ª & 241ª Squadriglia T.)
- Stormo Trasporti Notturno [SM.79 & SM.82]
- - I Gruppo T. (1ª & 3ª Squadriglia T.)
- - LXXXVIII Gruppo T. (190ª & 265ª Squadriglia T.)
Raggruppamento Idro [RS.14 & Cant.Z.506]
- - I Gruppo Idro (139ª, 149ª & 183ª Squadriglia R.M.)
- - II Gruppo Idro (141ª & 288ª Squadriglia R.M.)

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Post by Lupo Solitario » 07 Mar 2006 22:05

Davide, I believe you have inverted the equipment of Stormi Trasporti and Notturno...and there had been one only Gruppo equipped with Spitfires (the XX, IIRC)

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Post by Davide Pastore » 08 Mar 2006 09:44

Lupo Solitario wrote:Davide, I believe you have inverted the equipment of Stormi Trasporti and Notturno...and there had been one only Gruppo equipped with Spitfires (the XX, IIRC)
Probably, since I did not copy them from a single page, but had to surf a couple of books to collects bits & pieces.

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Post by maxs75 » 08 Mar 2006 19:10

Thanks Davide,
In the meantime I made a brief web search.

51° stormo:
It seems that only the 20° gruppo, 51 Stormo received Sptifire V (As Lupo said), but it had 4 squadriglie (351-353,360).
I don't know anyway what happened to other gruppi of 51° stormo.

5° stormo:
8° gruppo had MC 200 in september 1943, but it was restricted for combat use, and got Mc202 from 21° gruppo. Only then it went under control of 5° stormo.
101 and 102° (5° stormo) had Re 2002, and were put in combat as early as sept. 1943, but by jan. 44 the falling number of a/c led to equip only 102°.
101° maybe got MC 202 (and 205?)?

4° stormo:
9° gruppo was reduced to a cadre status because of lacking of new P-39s before the end of the war. It seems that 12° gruppo was formed by a squadriglia each from 9° and 10° gruppo, resulting in a stormo with 3 gruppi of 2 squd. instead of 2 gruppi with 3 squad. each.

Bombers:
132° gruppo was a SM 79 torpedo unit before armistice, but what about 28°?


Were Z 1007s used as bombers?
Were all 9 Gruppi of fighters in existence at the same time (i.e. in dec. 1944)?

Thanks again
Max

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