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Re: Heroic Italian aviators!

Postby tigre » 22 May 2018 00:51

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Capitano Orazio Bernardini.
In this regard I found the following: He was born in Milan in 1914. Legionary of Spain decorated with a Bronze Medal and a Military War Cross. On January 10, 1941 at 12:23 hours, southeast of Pantelleria, two S.79 of the 279th Squadriglia, commanded by Capitano Orazio Bernardini (with Tenente di Vascello Domenico Baffigo on board as an observer) and Tenente Angelo Caponetti, attacked a British naval convoy, including the aircraft carrier HMS Illustrious, which was heading to Malta as part of Operation Excess. The two S.79 launched their torpedoes at 2,500 m (2730 yards) away, missing the battleship HMS Valiant astern. Both aircraft were intercepted by four Fairey Fulmar aircraft from the 806 Air Squadron (NAS), Fleet Air Force (FAA), which pursued them for 20 miles and severely damaged the S.79 of Tenente Caponetti. For this action he received the Silver Medal for Military Valor and was cited in the bulletin Nº 218 of January 11, 1941 ..........................

At 13:45 hours on March 29, 1941, after the dramatic Battle of Cape Matapan, two aircraft S.79 of the 279th Squadriglia piloted by Capitano Orazio Bernardini and Tenente Rodolfo Guza launched their torpedoes against two British destroyers. One was lost, but the other reached its goal. However, the two Sparvieri did not escape unscathed, since both airplanes were hit by defensive fire of the warships ..................................

Sources: Ali di Guerra Nº 3 julio 1941
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Marco Mattioli

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Re: Heroic Italian aviators!

Postby tigre » 28 May 2018 23:54

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Capitano Massimiliano Erasi.

In this regard I found the following: He was born on July 12, 1908 in Bagni di Lusnizza (formerly Bad Lusnizz) near Tarvisio, territory of the Habsburgs until 1918, in a family of ethnic German. The name of his father was Massimiliano Errath and his mother Maria Kowatsch. He received his diploma in technical and industrial expertise in Klagenfurt Austria, then in 1928 he joined the ranks of the Regia Aeronautica as a NCO pilot, as the title he obtained in Austria is not considered valid for admission to the Royal Aeronautical Accademia where , however, was accepted in 1932 to be reconsidered and then inserted in the role of officer in permanent service. Then, he was assigned to the 9th Stormo da bombardamento. In the same year (it was 1934) he assumed the surname Erasi. In 1936 he participated in the operations of the Italian air units deployed in support of the nationalists in the Spanish civil conflict.

With the entry into the Italian war in 1940 he got the command of the 278 ^ Squadriglia, first of the aerosiluranti specialty, which operated from the Benghazi airport and in that unit he participated in the air operations in the Mediterranean, winning numerous decorations by military valor. Promoted to Maggiore in 1942, he took command of the 41º Gruppo Aerosiluranti; and after the Italian armistice in September 1943 he joined the Allied side in the ICAF (Italian co-belligerent air force) being shot down in action in 1945.

Erasi is, presumably, after Buscaglia, the most successful torpedo-bomber ace (aerosiluratore) in Italy. His achievements include (among others): the torpedoing of the English cruiser "Liverpool" of 10,000 tons that took place on October 14, 1940 at night south of Crete and put the unit out of action for 12 months (2nd victory) of the squadron); the torpedoing together with Buscaglia of the cruiser "Glasgow" in the bay of Suda on December 3, 1940 that, impacted by 2 torpedoes, remained in the shipyard for 9 months (3rd victory of the squadron) ....................

Sources: Ali di Guerra Nº 3 julio 1941
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Marco Mattioli
http://www.avia-it.com/act/cera_una_vol ... timore.pdf

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Re: Heroic Italian aviators!

Postby tigre » 04 Jun 2018 23:23

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Tenente Pietro Greco.
In this regard I found the following: He was born in Sapri (Salerno region of Campania) in 1915. On March 28, 1941 the 34th Gruppo and the 281 ^ Squadriglia supported the Italian fleet during the naval battle of Gavdos when at 12:55 p.m. the S.79 of the Capitano Buscaglia led the S.79 of Tenente Pietro Greco and Tenente Cimicchi during an attack against British naval units. A mechanical problem forced Cimicchi aircraft to return but Buscaglia and Greco launched their torpedoes against the aircraft carrier HMS "Formidable", but the ship managed to successfully avoided them. The S.79 of Pietro Greco was damaged by splinters of the antiaircraft projectiles of the ship ..................................

Sources: Ali di Guerra No. 3 July 1941
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Marco Mattioli

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Re: Heroic Italian aviators!

Postby tigre » 12 Jun 2018 00:12

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Tenente Ugo Rivoli.

In this regard I found the following: He was born in Pola in 1911. Legionary of Spain. On May 8, 1941 at 12:45 (Italian time) five S.79 of the 280th Squadriglia, escorted by 15 CR.42 of the 3rd Gruppo Caccia, went after the WS 8 convoy bound for Alexandria (whose name in code was Operation Tiger). The cargo ships of the convoy transported 295 tanks and 53 fighter Hurricanes. The S.79s were piloted by Capitano Dante Magagnoli, Capitano Amedeo Moioli, Tenente Ugo Rivoli, Tenente Marino Marini and Sottotenente Francesco Cappa. The climatic conditions were very poor, with a low cloud ceiling and limited visibility. However, the British ships were sighted at 13:40 hours, about 120 kilometers south of Sardinia.

The 280th Squadriglia reported that all the pilots managed to free the torpedoes, Moioli and Magagnoli claimed to have hit a cruiser. However, the five SM 79 resulted with serious damage, and although three returned to Elmas, the Sottotenente Marini's plane was hit and crashed near La Galite (they reached the coast in their boat and a French seaplane took the crew to Tunisia, from where they were later repatriated) and the Sottotenente Cappa (SM 79 MM23872), hit by cannon fire, launched a torpedo against a large ship from a short distance, and then disappeared into the water with the loss of the entire crew. Cappa was awarded a posthumous Gold Medal...............................

On July 23, 1941, after takeoff at 16:20, three S.79 Sparvieri of the 280th Squadriglia flown by Capitano Mojoli (280-5), Tenente Ugo Rivoli (280-1) and Tenente Alessandro Setti ( 280-6) attacked, but failed, HMS Manchester and HMS Avon Vale. The next day (July 24) the Sparvieri continued to harass Convoy GM 1 (Operation Substance). Finally, around 17:30 hours, a torpedo launched by one of the two S.79 of the 280th Squadriglia under the command of Capitano Mojoli (280-6) and Tenente Rivoli (280-1) damaged the Norwegian tanker of 9,351tons Hoegh Hood, although the ship still arrived in Gibraltar.

Sources: Ali di Guerra Nº 3 julio 1941
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Marco Mattioli
http://surfcity.kund.dalnet.se/italy_mancini.htm

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Re: Heroic Italian aviators!

Postby tigre » 20 Jun 2018 00:40

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Tenente Giorgio Sacchetti.

In this regard I found the following: born on July 25, 1911 in Bologna. Legionary of Spain. He served as a military pilot in the first months of the war and successively as commander of a squadron of torpedo planes. During the conflict he had a promotion due to merits of war and received a silver and 2 bronze medal.

The 281 ^ Squadriglia finally entered into action on 23 and 24 March 1941 when Capitano Buscaglia and Tenente Giorgio Sacchetti unsuccessfully attacked British maritime traffic south of Crete ..............................

In the memorable action of April 2, 1941 at 12:45 hours a section of four planes, two of the 34th Group commanded by Maggiore Cannaviello and Tenente Barbani and two others of the 281st Squadriglia, under the command of Cimicchi and Sacchetti , attacked an English Convoy from Alexandria in the direction of Athens. Tenente Cimicchi sank the Homefield steam and three other ships were damaged ..................

Recognized as partisan, with the rank of lieutenant, from March 1, 1944 until the Liberation ......................

Sources: Ali di Guerra Nº 3 julio 1941
Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units. Marco Mattioli
http://www.storiaememoriadibologna.it/s ... 56-persona

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