154° Gruppo Autonomo 395 Squadriglia emblem

Fiat G50 Freccia RA 154 Gruppo Autonomo 395 Squadriglia 395-10 Devoli Albania Jan 1941 0A

Fiat G.50 of 395a Squadriglia, 154° Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Devoli (Albania), February 1940. Three-tone scheme with Green and Brown blotches on Sand background. Light Grey lower surfaces . on that period the nose of Italian operational aircraft was painted yellow as an additional mean of national identity. Black national insignia carried on white roundels under the wings, and lacking above. The spinner was probably red while the state coat of arms was lacking on the otherwise standard CMASA tail cross. The badge of 154° Gruppo represented a chicken wearing boots and a British roundel, being pierced through by a red arrow. This Gruppo, being one of the most active over the Greek-Albanian front, had been formed at Berat Airfield at the end of October 1940, participating to the Greek campaign from its very beginning. In January 1941 it was posted to Devoli, and continued operating till the end of the campaign, before moving to Apulian airfields in May.

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Fiat G50 Freccia RA 154 Gruppo Autonomo 395 Squadriglia 395-1 Luigi Mapelli Rhodes Greece Nov 1942 0A

Fiat G.50 bis flown by Tenente Luigi Mapelli of 395a Squadriglia, 154° Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Rhodes-Maritza, November 1942. Aircraft finished in a new Overall Dark Olive Green (Verde Oliva Scuro 2) camouflage with Light Blue-Grey (Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1) undersurfaces. Red propeller and national insignia carried on clear wing roundels. Aircraft equipped with wing bomb-racks. Worth of note is the distinctive unit code, with a shadow trim, probably Light Blue-Grey. Standard Fiat-type white tail cross. 154° Gruppo was reformed in January 1942 on squadrons No.361 (later passed to 21° Gruppo in June), 395 and 396, and was soon posted to Rhodes where it would have been based till the Armistice. A mixed equipment of Fiat CR.42s and bomb-rack mounting G.50s, for carried air superiority missions over the island, escorting also Axis bombers based in the archipelago.

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Fiat G50 Freccia RA 154 Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 395 Squadriglia Livio Bassi Albania Jan 1941 01

Fiat G50 Freccia RA 154° Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 396 Squadriglia 396-6 Gadurra Greece July 1943

Fiat G.50 bis of 396a Squadriglia, 154° Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Gadurra Greece, July 1943. Noteworthy camouflage scheme probably applied at unit level, spraying a dense Dark Olive Green mottle to form a darker design over the original three-tone scheme of Green and Brown blotches on Sand background. Light Grey lower surfaces. Aircraft was fitted with tropical air filter and bomb racks under wings. Standard Fiat-type tail cross with wing national insignia on white roundels. In the Summer of 1943, 154° Gruppo was the only fighter unit still based in the Aegean theatre, based at Rhodes (Gadurra and Maritza) and Cos (Antimachia). Its mixed equipment consisted in CR.42s, G.50s, C.200s and 202s, used to defend the islands and to escort air and naval traffic in the Eastern Mediterranean theatre. Strangely enough, after the armistice, the flight at Cos fought besides the British forces landed into the island, resisting to the German counter-attack until 3 October. At Rhodes in stead, the bulk of the unit continued to fight alongside the old allied.

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Fiat G50 Freccia RA 154 Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 396 Squadriglia 396-6 Gadurra Greece July 1943 0A

Fiat G.50 bis of 396a Squadriglia, 154° Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Gadurra Greece, July 1943. Noteworthy camouflage scheme probably applied at unit level, spraying a dense Dark Olive Green mottle to form a darker design over the original three-tone scheme of Green and Brown blotches on Sand background. Light Grey lower surfaces. Aircraft was fitted with tropical air filter and bomb racks under wings. Standard Fiat-type tail cross with wing national insignia on white roundels. In the Summer of 1943, 154° Gruppo was the only fighter unit still based in the Aegean theatre, based at Rhodes (Gadurra and Maritza) and Cos (Antimachia). Its mixed equipment consisted in CR.42s, G.50s, C.200s and 202s, used to defend the islands and to escort air and naval traffic in the Eastern Mediterranean theatre. Strangely enough, after the armistice, the flight at Cos fought besides the British forces landed into the island, resisting to the German counter-attack until 3 October. At Rhodes in stead, the bulk of the unit continued to fight alongside the old allied.

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This webpage was updated 3rd February 2017