Biplane fighter aces

Italy

Sottotenente Ernesto Trevisi Medaglia d'oro al valor militare

7 June 1919 – 14 November 1940

Ernesto Trevisi was born on 7 June 1919 in Novi Ligure.

In November 1940, Trevisi served in the 363a Squadriglia, 150o Gruppo Autonomo C.T., which was equipped with Fiat CR.42s. The unit was at this time operating over Greece.

In the early morning on 13 November, 84 Squadron's 'A' Flight attacked Valona and Argyrokastron. At the latter target, a Meridionali Ro.37 and a Caproni 311 were destroyed, while one CR.42 was damaged.
Sottotenente Trevisi and Sergente Mario Scagliarini attacked, each claiming one Blenheim shot down. In fact only one suffered damage, and this made it back to Menidi.

In the afternoon on 14 November, while on a cover patrol over the airfields in the Koritza area, four CR.42s flown by Sottotenente Ugo Drago, Sottotenente Trevisi, Sergente Augusto Manetti and Sergente Vittorio Pirchio intercepted two P.Z.L. P.24s, but they were a trap, as ten more enemy fighters were waiting higher. In the ensuing dogfight Drago claimed two enemy biplanes shot down individually and three more shared with the other three pilots.
The Greeks shot down Trevisi, who was killed, and Manetti, who baled out over Italian held territory, while Pirchio's aircraft was badly shot-up and he was wounded in the left foot; his fighter overturned on landing.
Epismingos Theodoropoulos and his pilots from 23 Mira submitted claims for eight CR.42s during the day. A number of PZLs may have been damaged, and some possibly shot down but no Greek pilots were killed or wounded during this engagement.

Trevisi was subsequently awarded Italy's highest medal for valour, the Medaglia d'oro al valor militare 'alla memoria'.

At the time of his death, Trevisi was credited with 1 biplane victory.

Claims:
Kill no. Date Number Type Result Plane type Serial no. Locality Unit
  1940              
1 13/11/40 1 Blenheim (a) Destroyed Fiat CR.42   Argyrokastron 363a Squadriglia
  14/11/40 1/4 PZL P.24 (b) Shared destroyed Fiat CR.42   Koritza area 363a Squadriglia
  14/11/40 1/4 PZL P.24 (b) Shared destroyed Fiat CR.42   Koritza area 363a Squadriglia
  14/11/40 1/4 PZL P.24 (b) Shared destroyed Fiat CR.42   Koritza area 363a Squadriglia

Biplane victories: 1 and 3 shared destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 and 3 shared destroyed.
(a) Claimed in combat with Blenheims from 'A' Flight of 84 Squadron. 160o Gruppo Autonomo C.T. claimed two destroyed but in fact only one suffered damage, and this made it back to Menidi.
(b) Claimed in combat with PZL P.24s from 23 Mira. Italian fighters claimed eight P.24s over Koritza during the day while losing two aircraft and getting a third damaged. 23 Mira claimed eight CR.42s. A number of PZLs may have been damaged, and some possibly shot down but no Greek pilots were killed or wounded during this engagement.

Sources:
53o Stormo - Marco Mattioli, 2010 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-977-5
Air war for Yugoslavia, Greece and Crete - Christopher Shores, Brian Cull and Nicola Malizia, 1987 Grub Street, London, ISBN 0-948817-07-0
Fiat CR.42 Aces of World War 2 - Håkan Gustavsson and Ludovico Slongo, 2009 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-427-5
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