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ASN Wikibase Occurrence # 192758
Last updated: 5 June 2020
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Type:Savoia-Marchetti SM.79
Owner/operator:Regia Aeronautica
C/n / msn:
Fatalities:Fatalities: 8 / Occupants: 8
Aircraft damage: Written off (damaged beyond repair)
Location:Benina airfield, Cyrenaica -   Libya
Phase: Take off
Departure airport:Benina airfield, Cyrenaica
Destination airport:Barce airfield, Cyrenaica
On 12 January 1941, air activity over Libya was reduced by sandstorms. The only attempted mission for an SM.79 from the Va Squadra ended in tragedy, when an aircraft from the 175a Squadriglia RST crashed in the morning without survivors during take off from Benina for a flight to Barce.

Crew (all killed):
S.Ten Guiseppe Anelli (pilot)
Serg.Magg Gino Recagno (second pilot)
Cap. Felice Giaccio (observer)
Allievo aviere montatore Italo Pecamicio
Primo aviere motorista Adriano Novelli
Primo aviere fotografo Gaspare Cudia
Primo aviere R.T. Antonia Barolini
Primo aviere armiere Belgio Bellanti


"Desert Prelude, vol 2: Operation Compass", by Hakan Gustavsson and Ludovico Slongo. ISBN 978-83-61421-18-4
"A history of the Mediterranean Air War 1940-1945. Volume One: North Africa June 1940 - January 1942", by Christopher Shores and Giovanni Massimello with Russel Guest. ISBN 978-1-908117-07-6

Revision history:

12-Jan-2017 06:53 Laurent Rizzotti Added
12-Mar-2019 08:11 TB Updated [Operator, Other fatalities, Source]
30-Sep-2019 16:37 TigerTimon Updated [Other fatalities, Location, Departure airport, Destination airport, Source]
30-Sep-2019 16:37 TigerTimon Updated [Time]

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