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    Hello All,

    If at all possible, could someone please let me know the fates of the following captured Cant Z.506Bs: HK977, HK978 & HK979.

    I have what is available from, 'War Prizes' (p.47)/Butler.

    Thanks,
    Col.

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    Hello,

    From Air Britain's serial book HA100-HZ999
    HK977 to HK979
    Cant Z-506B's ex 147/4, 147/7 and 147/2 of Italian Air Force allotted serials in December 1943. No RAF service traced and reason for allocation unknown as the Italian Air Force was operating these types as part of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces.

    So possibly part of the Co-Beligerant Force.
    HK976 a Cant Z-501 ex 147/11 same details .

    From Squadron/Signal Regia Aeronautica vol 2.
    Raggruppamento Idrovolanti
    83 Gruppo Idrovolanti
    141 and 147 Squadriglia used Z.501 and Z.506's from Brindisi from 1943, previously based at Aboukir Egypt. Colours shown for a 149 Sqn a/c is (to me)a blueish Grey overall with Squadron/Aircraft in Squadron numbers on aft fuselage behind the roundel. 30 plus a/c it seems were in service. with 139, 149, 183 & 288 Squadriglia at Taranto,140,145,146 at S. Giusta with 287 Squadriglia at Porto Conte and Sezione Soccorso at Elmas in 1943. Then 139,149 Squadiglia at Taranto,141 and 147 Squadriglia at Brindisi and 140 and 288 Squadriglia at Elmas/Taranto in 1944.

    photo in "War Prizes" shows a Z-501 "Shark Mouth" with 147 Squadrrglia marking on aft fuselage folowed by the RAF number HK976.

    Alex
    Last edited by Alex Smart; 25th April 2009 at 15:08.

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    Hello Alex,

    Thanks for the comprehensive account.

    The reason I wanted the information is this. In the Title description and Item Notes of the A705 of AUS257481 F/Lt Cyril Christian KISSNER RAAF, it mentions that Kissner and 23296 W/C Richard Malherbe OUTFIN MiD, were killed in a Cant Z-506, off Fredonia, Italy, on 29-4-44. Both are buried in Bari War Cemetery

    I am trying to ascertain the correct circumstances of their deaths.

    Maybe one of our Forumites can help?

    Once again, thanks for your help,
    Col.

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