Adriano Visconti: Italy's top ace

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Major General
Jan 9, 2004
WSM, England
Major ADRIANO VISCONTI: ace of Italian fighter pilots with 26 victories
of wich 15 shot down with the obsolete MACCHI 200 until 1st January
1944! and 11 after this date flying the more modern MACCHI 205 and from
1st January 1945 with the Me 109 G-10 (white 6) to the end of war
defending the northern Italy against bombers.

Wounded a lot of times with a lot of incredible adventures he was the
example of the classic romantic fighter pilot, great commander, loved by
his pilots.

To tell you the kind of man: diving during an attack to B-24, Mustangs
and Thunderbolts over Lombardia (northern Italy) his guns suddenly
jammed, so, to not embarrass his wing man, Major Visconti, unarmed,
went on with the attack heading the chosen bomber and then crossing
the big formation in a storm of enemy fire!

In the last months of war some pilots of his squadron went to Germany at
Rangsdorf, Brandenburg and Brandis (JG 400) for passing to Me 163. They
made the complete training on the gliders HABICHT-8 but when at
Brandis were going to begin the flights on the KOMET, the sovietic tanks
interrupt any program.

The last mission of first squadron was on April 19, 1945, when four 109s
shot down the B-24 of the Captain Walter Sutton. He and his crew
survived and was taken to the fighters airfield. Sutton admiring the
courage of the fighter pilots, wanted to participate to the funeral of
Leutnant Morandi shot down with his 109 by the 12.7 of the bomber.

At 2 p.m. of April 29 Major Visconti and his pilots were imprisoned by
communist partisans near Malpensa airfield (Milan). Major Visconti was
taken away to be interrogated: walking along the way, the red partisans
shot him on the back. They had not even the courage to look him in the
eyes. I like to think that Major Visconti should be happy to fly finally
on a modern plane like the 207!

Daniele Sabatini

.. and you nationalist Brits don't believe to have the exclusive of legless aces too : major Ernesto Botto nicknamed (guess why) 'Ironleg' among other victories managed to shoot down a Hurricane on the Med theatre... with a CR42

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