By Christopher Shores, Brian Cull, Nicola Malizia
The air conflict for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete started in June 1940 with the Italian statement of struggle. some time past, there was a lot controversy among air historians on the various info of the operations. It used to be the following, for instance, that Pat Pattie believed via many to be the Royal Air Forces unknown top-scoring fighter pilot of the total battle, observed such a lot of his motion. Taken from wide learn into to be had British, Italian and German files, and interviews and correspondence with survivors or family of these current, this e-book seeks to supply a correct portrait of the air warfare for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete from 1940-41.
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Next night V a l o n a was again the target for three Wellingtons, while Rolfe flew a lone sortie to Bari on the Italian east coast to b o m b an oil refinery. T h e d e t a c h m e n t was strengthened by the arrival of two m o r e aircraft on 13 N o v e m b e r , which also saw 84 S q u a d r o n ' s 'A' Flight out again, V a l o n a and A r g y r o k a s t r o n being attacked on this occasion d u r i n g the early m o r n i n g . At the latter target a Meridionali R o 37 and a C a p r o n i 311 were destroyed, while o n e C R 4 2 w a s d a m a g e d .
1007bis again a t t a c k i n g this city. O n e 262 a Squadriglia aircraft ( M M 2 1 6 7 3 ) flown by S o t t o t e n Vincenzo Pallara was reported shot d o w n by AA fire, but p r o b a b l y fell t o a 22 M i r a P Z L piloted by Sgt P a n a y o t e s A r g y r o p o u l o s . O t h e r fighters f r o m this unit also engaged b o m b e r s . 1/Lt C o n s t a n t i n o s Yianikostas chasing o n e over t h e frontier into Yugoslav airspace, where he claimed it shot d o w n . 50bis m o n o p l a n e s of the 24° G r u p p o .
T h e latter was destroyed, effectively preventing reinforcements reaching the battle area. C R 4 2 s a t t a c k e d , Fit Lt A F Mudie's L1389 and Sgt W F Sidaway's L1387 being shot d o w n , while t h e third aircraft (LI536; Sgt L N u t h a l l ) was d a m a g e d . T h e identity of the Italian unit responsible for these successes has not been identified. T h e Regia Aeronautica's 96° G r u p p o B a'T's Ju 87s f r o m Lecce in eastern Italy had also been active d u r i n g the day, a t t a c k i n g a bridge near the isthmus of Lake P r e s p a d u r i n g the m o r n i n g a n d also Greek artillery batteries.