The Fighting Colours of Richard J. Caruana
50th Anniversary Collection. 4: Corpo Aero Italiano. Battle of Britain & Russian FrontSeries:
60 Pages, 11.8 x 8.2 in, B&W photos, color profiles
- January 2024
This may be partly due to the difficulties encountered on both fronts, for which the Italian Air Force was badly equipped. Most of the fighter element was close to obsolescence: FIAT CR.42 biplanes that were pitted against Hurricanes and Spitfires, and FIAT G.50s and Macchi C.200s monoplanes whose pilots did not even have the basic ‘luxury’ of enclosed cockpits. Extreme cold weather, especially on the Eastern front, was a second enemy that pilots and service ground crews had to face.
What these campaigns lacked in results was more than compensated by the kaleidoscope of finishes of all aircraft operating in both campaigns. This study in camouflage and markings of these Regia Aeronautica aircraft provides an endless source of inspiration for modelers seeking that ‘something special’ to add to their collection.