Biplane fighter aces


Capitano Giovanni Scagliarini

17 November 1913 -

Giovanni Scagliarini was born on 17 November 1913.

He served as a volunteer during the Spanish Civil War.

On 4 April 1935, he was commissioned (in Servizio Permanente Effettivo).

He was promoted to Capitano on 24 July 1940.

In November 1942, Scagliarini belonged to the 233a Squadriglia, 59o Gruppo BT. This night-fighter unit was at this time equipped with Fiat CR.42CNs and based in Italy.

On the night between 20 and 21 November 1942, he shot down Halifax Mk.II (DT571/MP-M) of 76 Squadron over Turin.
This was the last victory claimed by an Italian CR.42 night-fighter.

In 1943, he served in the 41o Stormo.

Scagliarini ended the war with 1 victory, this one claimed while flying Fiat CR.42s.
During the war, he was decorated with two Medaglie d'argento al valor militare, the Medaglia di bronzo al valor militare, the Croce di guerra al valor militare, the Croce al merito di guerra, the Medaglia commemorativa della campagna di Spagna and the Medaglia di benemerenza per i volontari della guerra Spagna.

Kill no. Date Time Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
1 20/11/42 night 1 Halifax (a) Destroyed Fiat CR.42CN   Turin 233a Squadriglia

Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) Halifax Mk.II (DT571/MP-M) of 76 Squadron.

Annuario Ufficiale Delle Forze Armate Del Regno D’Italia Anno 1943. Part III Regia Aeronautica – 1943 Istituto Poligrafico Dello Stato, Roma
I Lancaster di Genova - Andrea Gazzotti, 1999 Aerofan nr. 70 lug-sett 1999 kindly provided by Jean Michel Cala with translations kindly provided by Birgitta Hallberg-Lombardi.
Additional information kindly provided by Ludovico Slongo.

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