Fiat CR.42 Falco

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1. Fiat CR.42 of 162a Squadriglia, 161° Gruppo of the Italian Regia Aeronautica, wearing the standard paint scheme. The squadron’s moto is “Beware, I shall claw you!” in venitian (Varda, che te sbrego). This aircraft is preserved in the Vigna di Valle aviation museum.

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2. A CR.42 of the 363a Squadriglia, 150° Gruppo, 53° Stormo, during the winter of 1939-1940.

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3. Fiat CR.42 MM.5590 was flown by Tenente Zuffi of 150° Gruppo. On 15 June 1940, while strafing the French airfield at Cuers, he was forced to land due to engine trouble and was captured. It was kept at Cuers-Pierrefeu NAS and repainted in a light colour, probably Gris-Bleu Clair (light grey-blue). After the defeat, the aircraft was returned to the Regia Aeronautica at the end of July 1940. Another CR.42 was captured by the French some years later in North Africa. Any info on MM.5590 (or any other captured CR.42) would be very welcome.

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