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Dave
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My father was with 41 Squadron SAAF in East Africa during WW2. I have found a photo of an Italian officer in his photo album. On the reverse side of the photo is a message in Italian. If anyone is interested in this photo and message please contact me or alternatively, you can find the photo on this site at locations 28 and 29: http://saafww2pilots3.yolasite.com/lukie-berchowitz-photographs.php . I would be grateful to know the english translation of the message and also if anyone would be able to identify the officer.

Thank you in anticipation

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The top portion says: to my dear friend, with affection, my photo for your kindness shown to me.

I couldn't make out the last sentence although I asked Stefano if he would look at it. Its basically a gift (photo) for your father's kindness.

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Stefano
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Hi Dave,
Thanks for sharing your pictures, they're extremely interesting and precious for historical researchers. Every photo has got a story behind and I'd like to tell some in the future.
The Italian guy was 1 Aviere autista (1st Airman, driver) Costantino Guadagni, born in Angiari (Arezzo, Tuscany) in 1918.
The dedication reads:

To a close friend with affection, I give my portait for the kindness he did to me. A souvenir of our acquaintance.
Jimma, on 29-7-41
Costantino Guadagni, as a prisoner in Jimma


Though 'only' an airman, Guadagni was awarded in 1944 with a Croce di Guerra (War Cross) for a pair of combat episodes on 6 April 1941. The Cross was changed into a Medaglia di Bronzo al Valor Militare (Bronze Medal -yes, just like as the Olympics- to Military Valour) in 1949.

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Grande grazie Stefano, as always for your thorough responses.

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East Africa was one of the few places during WWII where chivalry was on display from beginning to end of the conflict, from both sides.
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Dave
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Thank you so much for your responses. This allows me to fill in some gaps from stories that I heard from my father. You might find my attempt to understand his personal experiences of interest. Please link here: http://saafww2pilots3.yolasite.com/lukie-berchowitz-story.php

With very best regards,

Dave

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