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150GCT_Veltro

The last flight for "Silva"

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He was the pilot of this wonderfull G-10 Erla "Silva" (A.N.R.), an ace, and he was the wingman of Cap. Ugo Drago.

He passed away the last year, we didn't know about it. Drago passed away in 2007.

 

Pilot Loris Baldi, 2° Gruppo Caccia ANR, 1a Squadriglia "Gigi Tre Osei".

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I always had a hard time respecting the ANR pilots. This is one of those cases, where you can't use the defense, that you were just "fighting for your country".

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No, they didn't. Supporting an ideology was probably the last of their problem at that time, they were just people who decided to don't betray, and first of all to defend their country from the Allied bombardments. They did fight in desperate conditions but they didn't care to takeoff anyway. ANR was a little but really amazing Aviation with incredible personalities like Drago, Bellagambi, Visconti just to name somebody of them.

 

After 1943 in North Italy there was the hell, with a terrible Civil War and not exactly a "Liberation War" as somebody did call it. There was another ideology that was coming out with all its brutality, the Stalinism. Thank to God, a lot of Italians in North Italy didn't betray and did join the RSI. Like it or not, this did provide a stronghold versus the Stalinist advancing in North Italy. In 1948 we know what's going on, but at least Americans were there as a sort of garancy for the future.

 

In Italy the situation was really complex if not terrible as said above, you can't just say "They did support Nazism or Fascism".

 

This was their flag (ANR) if you know what it does mean:

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However, in 1944 there were good reasons for a pilot to scramble against Allied, and was not because of ideology.

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