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    Default Italian air force operations against the UK.

    Sorry this is not to do with the RAF as such but I came across this statement on a time line site.

    "3 Jan 1941 - Italian Air Force operations against the UK cease".

    Anyone know anything related to this? Where would they be stationed? What units would be involved? How did Italian forces get involved with air operations against the UK?

    Any info appreciated.

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    Peter.

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    Peter

    Try to have a look for a copy of "Chianti Raiders". Easily found, very cheap (N&M Press have cheap copies) and covers the Italian involvement in operations over the UK.

    Is there anything specific you need - I can dig out my copy (it's in a pile somewhere)?

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    In the meantime, this is a good intro. Sorry about the long link but I have had to access the site via the cached version as the link wouldn't work

    http://209.85.229.132/search?q=cache:ajR8xbDnUo4J:surfcity.kund.dalnet.s e/falco_bob.htm+%22italian+air+force%22+%22battle+of +britain%22&hl=en&ct=clnk&cd=1&gl=uk

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    Hi Peter
    From "The Narrow Margin" by Derek Wood and Derek Dempster, they record that Mussolini sent 75 Br20 Bombers to participate in the attack against UK.They were based in the Brussels area and were from 13 Stormo and 43 Stormo, which were re-designated KG13 and KG43. They raided Harwich, by night, on Oct25, and were escorted by fighters on Oct 29 in a daylight raid on Ramsgate. They made another Daylight raid on Nov11 and lost 3 out of 10 a/c.They carried out a further 7 raids at night between Nov and Jan 41 and were then withdrawn to Italy. Aside from German a/c they were also escorted on 2 occaisions by CR42's of 18 Gruppo(3 of which were lost on Nov11),designated 18/JG56 and G50's of 20 Gruppo(20/JG56). The opinion of the authors is that their presence was a political gesture by Mussolini and was an embarassment to the Germans
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    Hi
    from RAFM site
    2-3 January
    The Italian Air Force contingent in Belgium (Corpo Aereo Italiano) mounts its last raid on the United Kingdom, when four Fiat BR20 bombers attempt to bomb Ipswich.

    Pretty sure there was some stuff on TOCH some time back, BR 20's and Cant 1007.

    I was once told a Cant 1007 was illuminated in searchlights over Plymouth during an early raid.


    and link to an old thread I posted

    http://disc.yourwebapps.com/discussion.cgi?id=63687;article=3024;search_term=b litz

    'BR.20M flew missions over Britain in the period 24 october 1940- 2 january 1941'


    think there are some profiles on this site.

    http://wp.scn.ru/en/ww2/b/917/32/0

    hope link is Ok, if not apoligies to mod's, please delete.

    Cheers
    jerry

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    Many thanks guys, you have satisfied my curiosity. I never realised the Italians got this far
    during the war, from what I gather they were not very successful in their escapade especially if they embarrassed the Germans.

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    Default Italian air force operations against the UK

    See also "Air Pictorial", September 1965 and September 1969.

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