Maldegen, Belgium, 1940. This a/c based at Eechloo, Belgium, took-off at 12.00 hours on 11 November 1940 as part of an escort for 10 Fiat BR.20s of the 43 Stormo performing what was to prove to be an abortive attack on Harwich. Flown by Sergente Pilota Pietro Salvadori, MM5701 suffered a broken oilpipe which resulted in the engine overheating. Salvadori eventually making a forced landing on the beach a quarter-mile north of the Orfordness lighthouse, Suffolk. The aircraft was later repaired and flown by the RAF as BT474, and it today presented at Biggin Hill (although unfortunately repainted in an incorrect finish).
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