Hungary, 1941. This machine of the 1/4 'St. George' fighter squadron is wearing the regulation yellow identification band and red fuselage codes of the period. When it first entered service with the MKHL in 1939, the CR.42 was one of the best fighters in Europe. However, by the time it went into combat over the USSR it was found totally outclassed by the few Soviet I-16 fighters it encountered. With virtually no aerial opposition, the CR.42s of 1/3 vadasz-szazad confined themselves to strafing targets of opportunity and harassing the retreating Soviet forces.
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