Biplane fighter aces

Italy

Sergente Leonzio Bicego

In November 1941 Leonzio Bicego belonged to 23o Autonomo C.T., based at Pantelleria off Sicily. At this time the unit was equipped with Fiat CR.42s.

Blenheims were out from Malta on 11 December 1941, three of them attacking a 5,000 ton vessel in Argostoli harbour. The aircraft of Flight Lieutenant E. G. Edmunds of 18 Squadron failed to return, and it would seem that this fell foul of two 23o Gruppo CR.42s flown by Maresciallo Germano Gasperoni and Sergente Bicego. They had taken off during the morning to escort some S.82 transport aircraft to Tripoli, and claimed a Blenheim shot down between them. Gasperoni returned with his aircraft damaged and a wound in his left arm.

Bicego ended the war with 1 shared biplane victory, this one being claimed while flying Fiat CR.42s.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1941              
  11/12/41 Blenheim (a) Shared destroyed Fiat CR.42   Mediterranean area 23o Gruppo

Biplane victories: 1 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 shared destroyed.
(a) Blenheim of 18 Squadron flown by Flight Lieutenant E. G. Edmunds shot down.

Sources:
Malta: The Hurricane Years 1940-41 - Christopher Shores and Brian Cull with Nicola Malizia, 1987 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-89747-207-1