José M. Careaga Urigüen
In September 1937, Careaga served in Grupo 2-G-3, which was equipped with Fiat CR.32s
On 2 September, 2-G-3 surprised a formation of about 15 ’Chatos’ in the Belchite area, of which they destroyed seven. These victories were scored by capitán Ángel Salas Larrazábal (CO 2-E-3) and teniente Julio Salvador Díaz-Benjumea (CO 1-E-3) (two each) and by capitán Joaquín García Morato (CO 2-G-3), alférez Javier Allende Isasi (2-E-3) and Careaga.
The only known Government loss in this area during the day is Emilio Herrera Aguilera, who was killed in combat during the day.
On 2 January 1938, CR.32 3-77 flown by Careaga of 2-E-3 was destroyed by small-arms fire in the Teruel area.
Careag ended the war with 1 biplane victory.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||02/09/37||1||I-15 (a)||Destroyed||CR.32||Belchite area||2-G-3|
Biplane victories: 1 destroyed.
TOTAL: 1 destroyed.
(a) 2-G-3 claimed 7 I-15s. Only known Republican loss is Emilio Herrera Aguilera KIA.
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Additional information kindly provided by Alfredo Logoluso and Ondrej Repka.