43° Stormo 99° Gruppo 242a Sqadriglia

43° Stormo 99° Gruppo 242a Sqadriglia

Fiat BR.20 Cicogna 43° Stormo 99° Gruppo 242a Sqadriglia coded 242-2 MM222xx Belgium 1940.

Photo: Fiat BR.20 Cicogna 243a Squadriglia 242-2 MM222xx based in Belgium.

Fiat BR.20 Cicogna 43° Stormo 99° Gruppo 242a Sqadriglia coded 242-3 MM22267 Belgium 1940.

Photo: Fiat BR.20 Cicogna 243a Squadriglia 242-3 MM22267 based in Belgium would be later lost . During combat over the Suffolk coast, the 99o Gruppo lost three BR.20Ms. The two aircraft flown by Sottotenente Enzio Squazzini (242-3/MM22267) and Sottotenente Ernesto Bianchi (243-10/MM22620) both ditched in the North Sea; two men were seen to bale out from one of the bombers. The Aldeburgh lifeboat was sent out after the crews from MM22267 and MM22620 but only found an Italian parachute. A German He59 also looked for survivors but it was shot down 20m off the Naze. No survivors were found.

43° Stormo 99° Gruppo 243a Sqadriglia

Fiat BR.20M Cicogna ANR 99 Gruppo BT 43 Stormo 243-2 MM22621 Woodbridge Nov 11 194

Photo: Fiat BR.20 Cicogna 243a Squadriglia 243-2 MM22621 based in Belgium would be later lost . (243-2/MM22621) flown by Sottotenente Pietro Appiani was pursued by the 46 Squadron trio (Leggett, Hedley and Walker - Pniak was also probably part of this claim) and crashed in Tangham Forest, Bromswell, near Woodbridge. The radio-operator 1o Avieri Armando Paolini had been killed in the air and the co-pilot Sergente Pilota Giuliano Rigolone and the flight engineer 1o Avieri Motorista Emmanuelle De Gasperi were wounded (Rigolone later died of his wounds). The pilot Sottotenente Appiani, Degasperi and the unit's photographer Avieri Sc. Mario Pensa were taken prisoner. The sixth in the aircrew, 1o Avieri Elvino Cerrosi (front air gunner and bombardier), survived the crash without any wounds and became a POW. MM22621 was later removed to the Royal Aircraft Establishment at Farnborough for evaluation. 257 Squadron personnel visited the wreckage first however and 'liberated' two crests, a bayonet sheath and a steel helmet to serve as squadron trophies. The Aldeburgh lifeboat was sent out after the crews from MM22267 and MM22620 but only found an Italian parachute. A German He59 also looked for survivors but it was shot down 20m off the Naze. No survivors were found.

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