Major Adriano ViscontiI,  top  ace of Italian fighter pilots with 26 victories

Major ADRIANO VISCONTI was Born in Tripoli , the son of Galeazzo and Cecilia Dall'Aglio-Visconti, Visconti joined the Regia Aeronautica in October 1936, top  ace of Italian fighter pilots with 26 victories of which 15 were flying the obsolete MACCHI 200. A further 11 were obtained flying the more modern MACCHI 205 and the Me 109 G-10 (white 6). Wounded many times, he represented the classic romantic fighter pilot, great commander and loved by his pilots. On one occasion he was diving for an attack on B-24, Mustangs and Thunderbolts over Lombardia (northern Italy) when his guns suddenly jammed. To support his wing man, Major Visconti, unarmed, carried on with the attack heading for the chosen bomber and then crossing the big formation in a storm of enemy fire! In the last months of war some pilots of his squadron went to Germany at Rangsdorf, Brandenburg and Brandis (JG 400) for converting to the jet Me 163. Because of the very short service life of the German jet engines, most of the training was using gliders! Major Visconti and his pilots were imprisoned by communist partisans near Malpensa airfield (Milan). Major Visconti was taken away to be interrogated: and was shot in the back by red partisans.



The Macchi C.200 Saetta (Italian Lightnining) was  built by Aeronautica Macchi in Italy, and used in various forms throughout the Italian air forces.