Accident IMAM Ro.37bis ,
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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 206814
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Date:Monday 2 December 1940
Type:IMAM Ro.37bis
Owner/operator:72o Gruppo O.A., Reggia Aeronautica
Fatalities:Fatalities: 2 / Occupants: 2
Aircraft damage: Destroyed
Location:Përmet area -   Albania
Phase: Combat
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At 1430 hrs in the afternoon of 2 December 1940 Flt Lt Marmaduke Thomas St John "Pat" Pattle of 80 Sqn RAF was off again, this time at the head of 12 Gladiators to undertake an offensive patrol over the front lines in support of the Greek Army. Near Përmet two Ro.37bis were seen 1000 feet below. Pattle led his flight (Plt Off Samuel George Cooper and Flt Sgt Sidney Arthur "Mick" Richens) down. He levelled out just behind and beneath the left-hand aircraft and waited for Cooper to get into position astern the second unsuspecting reconnaissance aircraft. They opened fire simultaneously and both Italian aircraft fell in flames. One man was seen to bale out of the victim of Cooper. These victories brought the score of Pattle to 8 victories and the score of Cooper to one victory and one shared victory.

This was two more Ro.37bis from 72o Gruppo O.A. in which both crew Capitano Bartolomeo Gardella/Capitano Carlo Fuchs and Sergente Leone Leoni/Sergente Emanuele Vescia were all killed.


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27-Feb-2018 15:36 Laurent Rizzotti Added

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