An Australian Armed Forces Photographic Unit examines the wreck of an Italian fighter Fiat crashed at Sollum, Egypt, during the British advance to Bardia, end December Note the wing and the tail insignias already taken away by the souvenirs hunters.
The captured RAF Fiat Cr42 Falco, which Salvadori had crashed in Suffolk, is now displayed in its original markings at the RAF Museum in London. The RAF Museum website states: “Mussolini brought Italy into the war in June 1940. Convinced of an Axis victory and not wishing to miss out on the spoils of war he ordered the Italian Air Force - Regia Aeronautica - to form an air expeditionary force, the Corpo Aereo Italiano/Italian Air Corps (CAI)
Fiat CR.42’s flying formation, unit and location unknown, 1941 or 1942. The Fiat biplane – the name “Falco” (Hawk) was suggested by Air Ministry for propaganda’s purposes, but never adopted on the official documents – revealed itself an authentic multipurpose aircraft. In effect in the course of events the CR.42 was employed for many task: interceptor fighter, night fighter, fighter bomber, counter-insurgency, night harassing (by the Germans), glider towing, trainer, liaison (with…
Fiat - briefly and unsuccessfully employed in the Battle of Britain, it was in widespread use in the Mediterranean, where the Italians were squaring up to the heavily outnumbered British in late It was comparable in performance to the Gloster Gladiator.
Fiat “Falco” (Hawk) captured intact on Tripoli Castel Benito Airfield on January after the Axis retreat, and “enlisted” by the No 450 Squadron Royal Australian Air Force which was deployed here from 24 January 1943 until 14 February
Fiat CR.42 Falco catturato durante la Battaglia d'Inghilterra. Il velivolo fu costretto ad un atterraggio forzato sulla spiaggia di Orfordness, Suffolk, l'11 November 1940. Ora si trova al Royal Air Force Museum di Hendon, con la matricola MM5701, 13-95. (RAF Photo)
Fiat CR-42, RAF Museum, Hendon. This aircraft (MM5701) was based in Belgium in th Autumn of 1940 as part of the Corpo Aereo Italiano, the Italian Air Force element involved in the Battle of Britain. On November 11th 1940, flown by Sergente Pietro Savadori, its engine overheated and the pilot made a forced landing on the shingle beach at Orford Ness, Suffolk. It was subsequently test flown by Captain Eric "Winkle" Brown who was impressed by its manoeuvrability noted that it was underarmed.