Italian Aces of World War 1 by Paolo Varriale

By Paolo Varriale

The Italian aces of worldwide warfare 1 have long past down in background because the irrefutable masters of the skies within the conflict opposed to their Austro-Hungarian enemies. during this usually forgotten theater of struggle those notable pilots gave the Italian forces an undisputed air superiority and left a permanent legacy as impressive males. Having interviewed the descendants of virtually each Italian ace from the nice warfare, Paolo Varriale uncovers those fighters' remarkable and infrequently tragic histories. Years of painstaking examine has culminated during this actually groundbreaking learn which brings to lifestyles the exploits of such recognized aces as Baracca, Ruffo and Piccio, and the lesser identified Riva, Sabelli and Nardini. Letters, diaries and unpublished photos make clear formerly unknown own and unit insignia, exposing many myths and making this a commanding addition to the aviation historical past of global struggle 1.

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Initially, Tenente Costantini flew the already-venerable Bleriot, before converting onto the new Nieuport 11 fighter. On 12 August 1916 he was assigned to 78 Squadriglia, but the Asiago Front was quiet at this time and he had to wait until spring 1917, when he was assigned to the new 91 Squadriglia formed by Baracca, to see some real action. Costantini flew many escort and photographic reconnaissance missions, but his first victory did not come until the days of Caporetto. On 25 October, Costantini, now a capitano, and Ruffo shared in the destruction of a German two-seater near Tolmino.

According t o Leonardi's daughter, t h e n u m b e r 13 w a s repeated on t h e uppersurface of t h e right w i n g . 24 - Flik 12/D, Conegliano Zgsf Josef Feiler KIA and Ltn Othmar With Rizzotto Schwarzenback died of wounds 4 27/11/17 Follina-Zenson Albatros - Jasta 1 tentative identification, Ltn Hart I w o u n d in action LO 24/3/18 Follina Albatros D i l l 1 5 3 . 105 -FlikS/F, With Sottani pilot unknown unhurt and Ltn Ludwig Fisner w o u n d e d in action Carlo 'Francis' Lombardi Born in Genoa on 21 January 1897 and raised in Vercelli, where his father was a rice producer, Carlo Lombardi preferred to be called Francis, signing himself as such on official documents.

Although he rarely encountered the enemy during this priod, he built up his flying hours on his unit's new Hanriot HD Is. Michetti was able to put this experience to good use during the Istrana air battle when he scored his first victory. He shared this and his remaining successes with his good friend Scaroni, claiming a second victory on 21 March 1918, his third on 22 May, the fourth on 15 June and his fifth, and last, on 24 June. In September Michetti was posted to the Aerial Gunnery School, and he was still there at war's end.

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