Italian Air Groups/Squads Question

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  1. vikingBerserker

    vikingBerserker Well-Known Member

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    I am currently reading Chris Shores' Matla series and I have a question about how to pronouce the Italian Air Groups:

    47' Stormo (' = small circle)
    40' Gruppo (' = small circle)
    363' Squadriglia (' = small a)

    Is the small circle like the American "th" (ie 47th)?
     
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    small a, female, or o, male, are for th
    example 47° is for 47th Stormo (this is male) (47° is read quarantasettesimo (obviously is read in italian not in english))
    40° is for 40th Gruppo (this is male) (40° is read quarantesimo (idem))
    363a is for 363rd Squadriglia (this is female) (is read trecentosessantatreesima)
     
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    Vincenzo, THANK YOU for the education!

    It's been driving me nuts!!!!!!
     
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    No problem

    just for add
    one stormo has 2 gruppi, one gruppo has 3 squadriglie if fighter or 2 squadriglie of bomber.
    the paper strenght of a fighter squadriglia is 12, the same for a bomber squadriglia is 9. As general orders to june '40 the fighter squadriglia must operate with 9 planes and bomber squadriglia with 7 planes. (orders in italy were not so compulsory...)
     
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