Tenente Egisto Andalò
Egisto Andalò was born on 2 April 1917.
On 1 October 1939, he was commissioned (in Servizio Permanente Effettivo).
Andalò was promoted to Tenente on 6 February 1941.
In November 1941, Tenente Andalò served in the 3o Gruppo C.T., which was equipped with Fiat CR.42s.
During the night of 2 and 3 November 1941, Wellingtons from both 40 and 104 Squadrons took of from Luqa and raided Castel Benito airfield, Tripoli. A New Zealand pilot with 40 Squadron, Sergeant C. A. Armstrong, pressed home his attack in such a determined manner that he gained the award of a D.F.M., his citation stating: ”…he bombed the aerodrome at Castel Benito, setting aircraft on the ground on fire. He then descended to 200 feet and machine-gunned the airfield.” X9763/U of the same squadron, piloted by Sergeant G. D. Colville, failed to return.
Tenente Andalò had shot down this Wellington with the loss of the whole crew (Sergeants G. D. Colville, I. R. McCalman (RAAF), H. M. Forth, E. D. Spry, T. W. Robson and J. T. Ackroyd).
On 28 March 1942, Tenente Andalò shot down a Wellington.
This is possibly Wellington Z8337/P of 148 Squadron. This unit was out to attack shipping in Benghazi harbour and lost two aircraft. Z8337 took of 22:15-23:05 on 27 March from ALG 106 but failed to return. The crew were rescued on 6 April by a Long Range Desert Group patrol and returned to base on 13 April.
During his career, Andalò was decorated with one Medaglia di bronzo al valor militare.
Andalò ended the war with 2 biplane victories.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||02/11/41||night||1||Wellington (a)||Destroyed||Fiat CR.42||Castel Benito area||3o Gruppo|
|2||28/03/42||night||1||Wellington (b)||Destroyed||Fiat CR.42||Benghazi area||3o Gruppo|
Malta: The Hurricane Years 1940-41 - Christopher Shores and Brian Cull with Nicola Malizia, 1987 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-89747-207-1
Royal Air Force Bomber Losses in the Middle East and Mediterranean, Volume 1: 1939-1942 - David Gunby and Pelham Temple, 2006 Midland Publishing, ISBN 1-85780-234-9
Additional information kindly provided by Ludovico Slongo.