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Air War for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete 1940-41 by Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia

By Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia

The air conflict for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete started in June 1940 with the Italian announcement of conflict. some time past, there was a lot controversy among air historians on a few of the info of the operations. It was once the following, for instance, that Pat Pattie believed via many to be the Royal Air Forces unknown top-scoring fighter pilot of the total struggle, observed such a lot of his motion. Taken from broad learn into to be had British, Italian and German files, and interviews and correspondence with survivors or kinfolk of these current, this ebook seeks to supply a correct portrait of the air battle for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete from 1940-41.

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M a r Guglielmo Bacci a n d Serg Arrigo Z o t t i b o t h r e t u r n i n g with w o u n d s . F o u r G l a d i a t o r s were claimed shot d o w n in return, plus o n e probable. Graffer was subsequently a w a r d e d Italy's highest medal for valour, the Medaglio d ' O r o 'alia memoria'; 150" G r u p p o had now lost t w o squadriglie c o m m a n d e r s t o the R A F in as m a n y days! Dornier D o . 2 2 G of 12 Mira taking off from its base at Athens/Scaramanga. (A Stamatopoulos) D u r i n g the d a y nine Blenheims of 84 S q u a d r o n raided D u r a z z o , r e p o r t i n g interception by M C 2 0 0 s a n d C R 4 2 s .

41 26 2 Mira } 18 Breguet XIXs Additionally a number of trainers and secondline aircraft were on strength, including: 6 6 2 20 22 Hawker Horsley II torpedo-bomber biplanes Avia B-534 biplane fighters Gloster Gladiator biplane fighters Avro 621 Tutor biplane trainers Avro 626 biplane trainers Some of the latter would later be used operationally in the observation role. 28 Chapter FORWARD Two THE ROYAL AIR FORCE! C o m m a n d e r of the n e w R A F C o n t i n g e n t in Greece, Air Vice-Marshal J H D'Albiac, D S O .

50bis pilot. Activity reduced again thereafter. 1007bis 39 b o m b e r was claimed shot d o w n by C a p t J o h n Kellas, c o m m a n d e r of 21 Mira. Next d a y Blenheim LI 166 of 30 S q u a d r o n became lost in bad weather d u r i n g a reconnaissance sortie. Fig Off C W R i c h a r d s o n carrying out a successful crashlanding. O n this same d a t e three H s l 2 6 s f r o m 3 M i r a strafed a four a n d a half mile-long c o l u m n of retreating Italians on the P o g r a d e c r o a d , causing great confusion, while Serg D o r v a Bellucci of the 154° G r u p p o C T reported being a t t a c k e d by two G l a d i a t o r s a n d claimed one p r o b a b l y shot d o w n - n o report of c o m b a t by 80 S q u a d r o n was noted, but it is possible t h a t his o p p o n e n t s may have been Greek aircraft of some sort.

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