Tenente Francesco Jadanza
In July 1942, Sottotenente Jadanza belonged to 391a Squadriglia of 159o Gruppo, 50o Stormo Assalto, which was equipped with Fiat CR.42s. The unit was at this time operating over North Africa in the ground attack role.
On 10 July the Squadriglia was down to one operational CR.42 (MM5046). Two more were borrowed from 389a and 390a Squadriglie for a sortie during the day. The sortie was flown by Sottotenete Marini (MM5046), Sottotenente Jadanza and Sergente Rivalta and the target was motor vehicles east of El Alamein.
During the mission they became engaged by British fighters and in the combat Jadanza claims one P-40, one probable and one shared damaged with Marini, who also claims a probable. Sergente Rivalta is shot down and killed during the combat.
Between 14.10 and 15.05 on 27 October a formation of five CR.42s from the Squadriglia (equipped with three aircraft of their own and two borrowed from 389a and 390a Squadriglie) attacks armoured vehicles in the Tell el Tisa area. In this area the 9th Australian Division with support from 51st British Division and 1st British Armoured Division was attacked by the 164th German division at the Kidney Ridge. The 15th Panzer Division and the Littorio Division supported the German division.
The Squadriglia became heavily engaged by enemy fighters and in the ensuing combat one P-40 is claimed by Tenente Vodret who also claimed a second as a damaged. His aircraft was then hit in the oil cooler and he is forced to make an emergency landing at El Ostegia. Tenente Jadanza claimed a P-40 and a second as a damaged while Sottotenente Marini claimed a damaged.
This was the last successful combat of the Squadriglia, which was withdrawn to Italy on 15 January 1943 to be re-equipped with Fiat G.50bis
Jadanza ended the war with 2 biplane victories.
|Kill no.||Date||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||10/07/42||1||P-40||Destroyed||Fiat CR.42||E El Alamein||391a Squadriglia|
|10/07/42||1||P-40||Probable||Fiat CR.42||E El Alamein||391a Squadriglia|
|10/07/42||½||P-40||Shared damaged||Fiat CR.42||E El Alamein||391a Squadriglia|
|2||27/10/42||1||P-40||Destroyed||Fiat CR.42||Tell el Tisa area||391a Squadriglia|
|27/10/42||1||P-40||Damaged||Fiat CR.42||Tell el Tisa area||391a Squadriglia|
Biplane victories: 2 destroyed, 1 probable, 1 and 1 shared damaged.
TOTAL: 2 destroyed, 1 probable, 1 and 1 shared damaged.
La 391a Squadriglia Assalto da Bir Hacheim ad Augusta (1942-1943) - Ferdinando Pedriali, 1980 Aerofan Lug./Set. 1980.
Additional information kindly provided by Giovanni Massimello.