By Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia

The air conflict for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete begun in June 1940 with the Italian assertion of battle. some time past, there was a lot controversy among air historians on some of the information of the operations. It used to be right here, for instance, that Pat Pattie believed via many to be the Royal Air Forces unknown top-scoring fighter pilot of the total conflict, observed such a lot of his motion. Taken from vast study into to be had British, Italian and German documents, and interviews and correspondence with survivors or family of these current, this e-book seeks to supply a correct portrait of the air warfare for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete from 1940-41.

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I n f o r m a t i o n on such losses f r o m Italian records is not available. T h e 2 M i r a Breguet XIXs c o n t i n u e d their a t t a c k s on t h e Alpini in a ravine near D i s t r a t o n , but here three of them were intercepted by a pair of 365 a Squadriglia C R 4 2 s flown by Sottoten L o r e n z o Clerici a n d Serg D o m e n i c o Facchini. T h e Fiats c o n c e n t r a t e d their fire on the leading Breguet, the observer of which was u n a b l e t o return fire d u e t o a stoppage.

M a n y patrols a n d escort sorties were u n d e r t a k e n by Italian fighters - 160° G r u p p o a l o n e carried out six patrols, three escorts a n d four scrambles d u r i n g the day; both 24° a n d 154° G r u p p o each flew five p a t r o l s a n d 150° G r u p p o o n e more. Only o n e e n g a g e m e n t ensued however, when C R 4 2 s of 160° G r u p p o engaged P Z L s f r o m all three Mire a n d claimed six shot d o w n a n d one probable. These claims were s u b m i t t e d by Serg M a g g A r t u r o B o n a t o (two), Ten T o r q u a t o Testerini, T e n C a r a n c i n i , Serg Luca Minella and Serg Teofila Biolcati.

This aircraft w a s e n c o u n t e r e d by C R 4 2 s of 150° G r u p p o Aut C T near Poligrade, a n d was shot d o w n by C a p G i u s e p p e Scarpetta. While landing after this mission however, Serg Italo Ritegni crashed and was killed; during a n o t h e r landing on this d a t e T e n Livio Bassi ran into a g r o u n d c r e w m a n , w h o was killed outright, while the C R 4 2 turned over and was d a m a g e d . T h e Italians had also lost a n o t h e r C R 4 2 on 8 N o v e m b e r when Sottoten Pietro Jannello of 363 a Squadriglia was shot d o w n by AA during a strafing attack over the front.

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