Major ADRIANO VISCONTI:
ace of Italian fighter pilots with 26 victories of which 15 were
the obsolete MACCHI 200. A further 11 were obtained flying
the more modern MACCHI 205 and the Me 109 G-10
Wounded a 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!
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.