Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War

Fiat CR.32 Aces of the Spanish Civil War

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by Alfredo Logoluso, Richard Caruana
     
 

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At the heart of the Italian Regia Aeronautica throughout the 1930s, the CR.32 was both a handsome and a highly manoeuvrable biplane fighter. Some 400 were in service in 1936 when Gen Franco asked Germany and Italy for air support in his fight with the Republicans for the control of Spain. By the end of that year 120 CR.32s had been sent to help protect Nationalist

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At the heart of the Italian Regia Aeronautica throughout the 1930s, the CR.32 was both a handsome and a highly manoeuvrable biplane fighter. Some 400 were in service in 1936 when Gen Franco asked Germany and Italy for air support in his fight with the Republicans for the control of Spain. By the end of that year 120 CR.32s had been sent to help protect Nationalist transports and bombers, and by dint of their numbers, and superior performance over the German He 51, the Fiat fighter was soon tallying up numerous successes in aerial combat. Initially, CR.32s were flown exclusively by Italian volunteers, and by late 1936 the first all-Spanish unit had also been formed. In the thick of the action through to the end of the civil war in April 1939, no fewer than 477 CR.32s were involved in the conflict. Italian pilots flying the fighter were credited with an astounding 709 confirmed aerial victories, and an additional 320 kills were claimed by Spanish and other non-Italian Nationalist pilots. In return, just 118 Fiat fighters were lost to all causes.

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“Detailed text, lots of rare photos, and a wide variety of color profiles illustrating many different and complex color schemes make this book a good value.” —Air Classics

“When you combine great prose with the superlative period photos of the men and their aircraft along with an outstanding selection of color profiles, then you have a book that is both interesting and informative. It makes for a great read and is one that I have no trouble recommending to you.” —Scott Van Aken, Modeling Madness

“History blends with technical specs and military strategy for an outstanding presentation!” —The Midwest Book Review (October 2010)

“...Fiat CR.32 Aces is a character-driven chronicle, offering a wealth of information on the Nationalist/Fascist side of numerous air actions.” —Jon Guttman, Aviation History (July 2011)

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9781846039836
Publisher:
Bloomsbury USA
Publication date:
07/20/2010
Series:
Aircraft of the Aces Series
Pages:
96
Sales rank:
903,961
Product dimensions:
7.10(w) x 9.60(h) x 0.30(d)

Meet the Author


Alfredo Logoluso is an aeronautical engineer and formerly an officer the missile Air Defence section of the Italian Air Force. He has worked in both the military and civil aerospace industries. For many years he has researched the aeronautical history of the Spanish Civil War, writing numerous articles for Italy's specialist press on the subject. One of his primary contacts is Angelo Emiliani, who was the first Italian researcher to document the air war in Spain.

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