Teniente Abundio Cesteros García
Teniente Abundio Cesteros García served in 5-E-3/3-E-3 and 8-E-3 during the Spanish Civil War.
On 5 July 1938, a patrol formed by capitán Ángel Salas, Isidro Comas Altadill and Cesteros took off to seek out enemy aircraft operating over the Villel front, to the south of Teruel. Anti-aircraft fire indicated the position of an enemy formation and, closing gradually, Comas Altadill and Cesteros each claimed an I-16.
Flying over the Teruel front, capitán Eduardo Claudín Moncada, CO Grupo No 21 (I-16), perished when his Mosca reportedly was hit by Nationalist anti-aircraft fire and crashed in enemy-held territory near Villaestar.
His posthumous promotion to mayor was dated 7 July 1938.
Claudín was replaced by Manuel Zarauza Clavero as CO Grupo No 21. His appointment was dated 23 July 1938, and he remained in this position until the fall of Catalonia four months later. Zarauza usually flew Mosca ‘CM-225’, which was assigned to the grupo staff.
Cesteros ended the Spanish Civil War with 5 victories and 1 probable while flying the Fiat CR.32.
|Kill no.||Date||Time||Number||Type||Result||Plane type||Serial no.||Locality||Unit|
|1||05/07/38||1||I-16 (a)||Destroyed||CR.32||Villel front||1-E-3|
|??/??/3?||1||Enemy aircraft||Probably destroyed||CR.32||Spain|
Biplane victories: 5 destroyed, 1 probably destroyed.
TOTAL: 5 destroyed, 1 probably destroyed.
(a) Nationalist pilots claimed 2 I-16s but only 1 I-16 seems to have been lost.
Air War over Spain - Jesus Salas Larrazabal, 1974 Ian Allan Ltd, Shepperton, Surrey, ISBN 0-7110-0521-4
Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War - Alfredo Logoluso, 2010 Osprey Publishing, Oxford, ISBN 978-1-84603-983-6
Additional information kindly provided by Alfredo Logoluso and Ondrej Repka.