155° Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 351a Squadriglia emblem

155° Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 351a Squadriglia

Fiat G50 Freccia Regia Aeronautica 155° Gruppo Autonomo C.T. 351a Squadriglia 351-12 MM 6395 Derna Libya

Fiat G.50 bis, MM.6395, of 351a Squadriglia, 155° Gruppo Autonomo C.T., Derna, July 1941. Three-tone camouflage scheme of Green and Brown blotches over Sand, with Light Grey lower surfaces. Wing national insignia on clear roundels and CMASA-type tail cross. Standard yellow cowl and blue-grey spinner. Typical camouflage scheme with dense and minute mottling, as used on early CMASA-built ‘Bis’ aircraft. Traces of field repaint can be observed, like the partially cancelled fuselage band, the camouflaged background of the upper wing roundels and the lack of the fuselage fascio. The individual code of very different design from squadron code, probably indicated a recent change. The fuselage insignia, designed by Sottotente Vittorio Galfetti and representing a rifle-armed soldier with tropical helmet, was the Gruppo badge, being formed at Ciampino in January 1941 and transferred to North Africa, where it continued operating from February to the end of the year.

Source: Ali E Colori Italian Colours Fiat G 50 by La Bancarella Aeronautica Torino. Page 23  Reference Book - Ali E Colori Italian Colours Fiat G 50 by La Bancarella Aeronautica Torino

Artwork Fiat G50 Freccia RA 155 Gruppo 351 Squadriglia 351-2 Ursel 0A

Source and description Militaria XX NS 38 Page 73

Fiat G50 Freccia RA 20 Gruppo 51 Stormo 351 Squadriglia 351-2 MM3594 Ciampino Sud Oct 1939 01

Fiat G50 Freccia RA 20 Gruppo 51 Stormo 351 Squadriglia 351-2 MM3594 Ciampino Sud Oct 1939 0A

Fiat G.50 , MM.3594, of 351a Squadriglia (20° Gruppo, 51° Stormo C.T.), Ciampino Sud, October 1939. Standard three-tone camouflage used on all first series aircraft, consisting in Green and Brown blotches on Sand background. Light Grey lower surfaces. Unlike aircraft sent to Spain these planes mounted single piece main landing gear covers as seen on the second prototype. 51° Stormo was the first major unit being armed with the new monoplane fighter since when it was formed at Rome-Ciampino airfield on 1 October 1939. However, only its 351a Squadriglia seemingly received first production series machines, as other Stormo’s squadrons received second production series aircraft, already incorporating all modification requested by Regia Aeronautica after the initial evaluation tests (open cockpit, balanced rudder and metal covered fin).

Image Source and description from Ali E Colori Italian Colours Fiat G 50 by La Bancarella Aeronautica Torino No 3 Page 7 Reference Book - Ali E Colori Italian Colours Fiat G 50 by La Bancarella Aeronautica Torino

IL-2 Sturmovik Cliffs of Dover - COD/CLOD skins
  COD game skin by asisbiz Fiat G50 Freccia RA 155 Gruppo Squadriglia 351 12 Libya 1941
  COD game skin by asisbiz Fiat G50 Freccia RA 155 Gruppo Squadriglia 351 12 Libya 1941 V01-V04
  COD game skin by asisbiz Fiat G50 Freccia RA 155 Gruppo Squadriglia 351 12 Libya 1942

  AS CLOD game skin by asisbiz

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