documents about IMAM Romeo 57/58 series

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documents about IMAM Romeo 57/58 series

Post by guynemer » 27 Feb 2011 15:48

I need detailed information about the stout looking Ro-57/58 twin-engined fighters, especially its service records. :D

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Re: documents about IMAM Romeo 57/58 series

Post by Luftflotte2 » 24 Mar 2011 04:30

What info would you like to know exactly?

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Re: documents about IMAM Romeo 57/58 series

Post by Cantankerous » 12 Sep 2023 21:56

Luftflotte2 wrote:
24 Mar 2011 04:30
What info would you like to know exactly?
The Ro.57 reached production and operational service, but the Ro.58 remained at the prototype stage only.

Links:
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMAM_Ro.57
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/IMAM_Ro.58

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Re: documents about IMAM Romeo 57/58 series

Post by gttf » 19 Sep 2023 18:21

Hello, some data about the Imam Ro57. It made his first flight at the beginning of 1939 (prototype MM507), performing a lot of experimental flights before entering the production stage in 1942. The first order included 200 airplanes (MM75314-75513) then reduced to 90 but no more than 60 were built.
AFAIK, the only unit equipped with Ro57 was the 97. Gruppo Autonomo (226^ and 227^ Squadriglia); although it did not perform any operational activity, it was involved in the Battle of Sicily: the 97. Gruppo was based on the Crotone airport (Calabria) when the area was bombed by US forces on 13th July 1943 and approx. 10 Ro57 were destroyed. At the time, 15 Ro57, 2 Cr42 and the only CantZ1018CN (night fighter) built were in charge to the unit. The remains of the 97. Gruppo were transferred to the Tarquinia airport : I have no info about their activity up the the Armistice.
It was normally armed with 2 x 12,7 mm but some of them, intended to be dive bombers, were armed with 1x 12,7 mm and equipped with underwing and under fuselage racks for 1x500 kg and 2 x 160 kg bombs.
Concerning its development Ro 58, only the prototype MM431 was built which made his maiden flight on May, 1942 at Capodichino (Naples). It performed only experimental activity even if an operational sortie was planned, with air-to-air bombs to be unloaded on the US bombers boxes over Naples. No mission of this type was performed.
Hope this helps.
Regards
Fabrizio


Sources
Brotzu E., Caso M., Cosolo G. Dimensione Cielo - Caccia Assalto vol. 2, Ed. Bizzarri, Roma, 1971
Brotzu E., Caso M., Cosolo G. Dimensione Cielo - Caccia Assalto vol. 3, Ed. Bizzarri, Roma, 1972

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