Macchi MC.205 over Malta

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Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by davenport49 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 12:11 pm

I just ordered the Italeri 1/48 Macchi MC.205. Now I need to locate decals relating to Malta. Do either of the Stormo sheets available apply? Or are there alternatives?

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Re: Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by Editor » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:36 pm

The plane you want is Beggiato's C.205V Serie I (MM.9324) that was based at Pantelleria, mostly in support of the Tunisian campaign at that point of the war. Flights of C.202s (e.g., Visconti 86-8 MM.7944) based at Pantelleria flew over Malta on reconnaissance and combat missions the previous year. Stefano might have more to add here.

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Re: Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by davenport49 » Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:59 pm

That looks like "Aces, Part I". Once again, thanks so much, Vince. I have projects lined up to last through the rest of this pandemic! :lol:

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Re: Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by Editor » Tue Nov 17, 2020 3:15 pm

davenport49 wrote:
Tue Nov 17, 2020 2:59 pm
That looks like "Aces, Part I". Once again, thanks so much, Vince. I have projects lined up to last through the rest of this pandemic! :lol:
Yes Beggiato's C.205V Serie I (MM.9324) is in 48008. Lets see what more Stefano has to add.
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Re: Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by Stefano » Mon Nov 23, 2020 12:56 am

Firstly, I repeat that 88-1 is just supposed to have been the mount of Guido Beggiato.
The 88^ squadriglia in that period met Allied fighters just in the evening of 8 June 1943, in a battle over Italian island of Pantelleria, not far by Malta. 23 MC.202s, 11 MC.205s and 6 Bf 109Gs of either 1° and 53° stormi and JG53 had a clash with Spitfires, P-38s and P-40s. The 88^ squadriglia claimed two Spitfires and the other units eight more and a P-38, for the loss of two MC.205s and three MC.202s. Beggiato, if present, didn't score here.
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Re: Macchi MC.205 over Malta

Post by davenport49 » Fri Nov 27, 2020 12:51 pm

I recognize now that the C.205 came too late to be directly involved in the Malta conflict or the convoys sent to supply Malta. Still, it's a beautiful aircraft & I look forward to adding it to my collection.

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