List of World War II aces from Italy

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This is a list of fighter aces in World War II from Italy. For other countries see List of World War II aces by country.

A[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Adami, Ranieri Piccolomini Clementini 7
Annoni, Emanuele "Ele" 9
Arcangeletti, Paolo 5
Aurili, Giuseppe 5

B[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Baldi, Loris 5
Bandini, Luigi 5 KIA 29 April 1944
Barcaro, Giovanni 9
Baron, Luigi "Gino" 12
Bartolacchini, Osvaldo 6
Bartolozzi, Osvaldo 6
Baschirotto, Gianlino "Giri" 11
Bassi, Livio 6 Gold Medal of Military Valour KIA 2 April 1941 (DOW)
Baylon, Giuseppe 5
Bellagambi, Mario 13
Benati, Amedeo 10
Bernardi, Duilio 5
Biagini, Bruno 7
Biagini, Lucio 5 KIA 25 April 1944
Bianchi, Manfredo 5
Bianchi, Pietro 5 KIA 2 August 1943
Biron, Giuseppe "Bepi" 10
Bladelli, Alessandro 5 + 7 shared, 1 shared damaged 2 x Medal of Valour, 2 x Bronze Medal of Military Valor
Bonet, Giovanni 8 4 x Silver Medal of Military Valor, Iron Cross 2nd Class KIA 29 April 1944
Bonfatti, Pietro 6 and 7 shared destroyed, 2 and 3 shared probably destroyed, 4 shared damaged, 1 shared destroyed 2 x Silver & 1 Bronze Medal of Military Valor KIA 22 November 1941
Bonzano, Mario 17 Silver Medal of Military Valor
Bordoni-Bisleri, Franco "Robur" 19 3 x Silver Medal of Military Valor (during World War II), Iron Cross (2nd class). KIFA 15 September 1975
Botto Ernesto 8 and 20 shared destroyed, 7 probably shared destroyed. 1 and 4 shared damaged. Gold Medal of Military Valour
Buogo Egidio 5
Buvoli Aldo 6

C[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Camaioni, Antonio 8
Canella, Carlo 7+27 destroyed on ground +5 shared destroyed on ground Silver Medal of Military Valor
Canfora, Antonio 7
Caselli, Gilberto 5
Cavalli, Evasio 5 KIA 21 July 1943
Celentano, Agostino 6
Cenni, Giuseppe 9 Gold Medal of Military Valour, 6 x Silver Medal of Military Valor, Iron Cross 2nd Class KIA 4 September 1943
Chiarini, Guglielmo 5 1 x Gold and 2 x Silver Medals of Military Valour KIA 4 February 1941
Covre, Tullio 5 2 x Silver Medal of Military Valor, Iron Cross, Silver Medal of Civil Valour
Cucchi, Carlo 5
Cuscuna, Francesco 5 destroyed, 1 shared probable, 2 shared damaged. 2 Silver Medals of Military Valour

D[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Daffara, Vittorino 13 and 1 shared destroyed, 4 damaged.
Damiani, Rinaldo 6 and 3 shared destroyed, 4 shared damaged, 1 damaged on the ground.
Dell'Innocenti, Giovanni 12 KIA 3 July 1943
Di Bert, Cesare 6 3 x Silver medal for bravery
Di Briona, Giorgio Solaroli 11 Silver Medal of Valour, Iron Cross 2nd class
Di Poggio Suasa, Carlo Maurizio Ruspoli 11
Doglio, Furio Niclot 7 Medaglia d'Oro al valor Militare (three times during World war II), FAI's Louis Blériot medal, Medaglia d'oro al Valore Militare (MOVM) (Gold Medal for Military Valor), a Silver medal of aeronautical valour, a Silver Medal of Military Valor "on the field", two Bronze Medals and the Iron Cross, Second Class KIA 27 July 1942 on Gozo, by Canadian top ace George Beurling
Drago, Ugo 17 and 3 shared destroyed, 1 shared damaged on the ground. 4 x Silver Medal of Valour, Cross of Military Valour 11 kills with RSI [1]

E[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Ettore, Domenico 5

F[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Facchini Dotta, Domenico 5
Fanali, Duilio Sergio 15 5 Silver Medals, 2 x Bronze Medals of Valour, Cross of Merit of War
Ferazzani, Giuseppe 5
La Ferla, Germano 13 Gold and Silver Medals of Valour
Ferrulli, Leonardo 21 (+ 1 in Spain) Gold and Silver Medal of Valour KIA 5 July 1943 [1]
Fibbia, Guido 6 (+ 3 in Spain) 2 x Silver and 1 x Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross, Iron Cross 2nd Class
Filippi Fausto 8 23/01/1945
Filippi, Luigi 7 and 1 shared destroyed. Silver & Bronze Medals of Valour 20/02/1943
Fissore, Giuliano 3 shared
Forlani, Dino 7
Fornaci, Fausto 9 KIA 6 February 1945
Foschini, Ettore 7
François, Armando 7+3 shared Silver and Bronze Medals of Valour, Silver and Bronze Medal of Aviation, War Merit Cross
Frigerio, Iacopo 5 and 4 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed, 4 destroyed and 4 shared damaged Silver and Bronze Medals of Valour, Iron Cross 2nd class

G[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Gaucci, Roberto 7
Giannella, Luigi 12
Giardina, Antonio 5 2 x Silver & 1 Bronze Medals of Valour
Giudice, Eber 5 1 Silver & 1 Bronze Medal of Valour
Gorrini, Luigi 19 [[Medaglia d'Oro al valor Militare (in 1958)], Bronze Medal of Valour], Iron Cross (1st and 2nd class). (4 kills with RSI air force) [1]
Graffer, Giorgio 5 Medaglia d'Oro al valor Militare, Bronze Medal of Valour KIA 28 November 1940
Guarnaccia, Filippo 7
Guerci, Mario 5
Guidi, Amedeo 6 and 3 shared destroyed, 1 and 2 shared probable, 2 and 2 shared damaged. Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x War Cross
Guiducci, Spiridone 5

I[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Incerto, Enrico Degli 8 destroyed, 2 probably destroyed, 3 damaged (Spain) Gold & Silver Medals of Valour
Iellici, Luigi 5

L[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Laiolo, Domenico 6
Lauri, Furio 11 One Gold and Two Silver Medals of Valour, Cross of Military Valour approx.[1]
Leotta, Eugenio 5
Locatelli, Bruno 5
Longhi, Felice 6 and 4 shared destroyed, 4 shared damaged. 3 x Silver Medals of Valour, Cross of Military Valour, German Iron Cross (2nd Class)
Longhini, Antonio 8 KIA 16 November 1944
Lucchini, Franco 21 + 6 Medaglia d'Oro al Valor Militare (Posthumous), five Medaglia d'argento al valor militare and one Medaglia di bronzo, German Iron Cross (2nd class) (+ 5 kills in Spain and 52 shared) KIA 5 July 1943 on Sicily [2]

M[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Magnaghi, Carlo 11
Magrini, Vasco 11 KIFA July 1961
Malagola, Willy 11
Malvezzi, Fernando 10
Mandolini, Orlando 7 and 1 shared destroyed, 1 and 1 shared damaged, 1 armoured car destroyed on the ground. Silver Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross, German Iron Cross (2nd Class)
Mantelli, Adriano 10 and 6 shared destroyed (including in Spain) 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross
Marconcini, Giuseppe 6
Mariotti, Luigi 5 and 10 shared destroyed, 1 shared damaged on the ground. 4 x Silver Medal of Valour, 1 x Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross KIA on 27.12.1944 in Bell P-39Q by German flak
Martinoli, Teresio 22 air victories and 14 shared destroyed Gold Medal of Valour, Silver Medal of Valour, German Iron Cross (2nd Class) KIFA in Bell P-39 (1 kill with Co-Bell) [1]
Mastroagostino, Angelo 11
Maurer, Sergio 5 KIA 6.5.1943
Mazzitelli, Orfeo 8 + 14 shared
Mecatti, Mario 6
Melis, Mario 5
Miani, Carlo 7
Minguzzi, Vittorio 13
Miotto, Elio 5 and 8 shared destroyed, 2 shared probably destroyed. 3 x Silver Medal of Valour KIFA 21 March 1945 during a training flight in a P-39
Montagnani, Gianfranco 5
Montegnacco, Brunetto di 15 destroyed, 1 destroyed on the ground. Silver Medal of Valour KIA 13.4.1938. All victories during the Spanish War
Monterumici, Amleto 6
Monti, Luigi 8 and 19 shared destroyed, 3 shared probably destroyed, 3 and 1 shared damaged Silver & Bronze Medals of Valour, War Merit Cross
Moretto, Enrico 5
Morosi, Luigi 5
Mottet, Giuseppe 6 and at least 4 shared destroyed, 2 damaged. Bronze Medal of Valour KIFA 30.3.1950

N[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Nioi, Clizio 7 and 1 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed, 1 damaged 3 X Silver Medal of Valour
Nobili, Guido 9 and 2 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed. 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, War Merti Cross
Noveli, Raffaello 5

O[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Oblach (Garolla), Giuseppe 7 destroyed, 2 probably destroyed, 1 damaged, 1 shared destroyed. Gold Medal of Valour, 2 x Silver Medal of Valour KIA 1 December 1942
Ocarso, Dante 5 KIA 28 November 1942
Omiccioli Enzo 5, 2 shared Gold Medal of Valour KIA 3 February 1941
Omiccioli, Walter 9 Died 30.1.2009

P[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Palazzeschi, Antonio 5
Pecchiari, Francesco 5 KIA 6 July 1942, by Canadian top ace George Beurling
Perdoni, Luciano 5 and 3 shared destroyed, 2 shared probable, 1 shared damaged. Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x Bronze Medal of Valour, 3 x War Merit Cross
Pergameni, Antonio Larsimont 7 and 5 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed, 1 and 7 shared damaged. 4 x Silver Medal of Valour KIA 26.6.1942
Petrosellini, Costantino 5 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x War Merit Cross Died on 21.1.2015
Pinna, Mario 5 and 6 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed, 1 damaged, 3 armoured cars shared destroyed 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, 1 x Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross
Pluda, Mario 5 KIA 8.11.1941
Pocek, Giorgio 5
Presel, Guido 12 and 10 shared destroyed, 2 probably destroyed, 2 destroyed on the ground (all in Spain). Gold Medal of Valour, 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x Bronze Medal of Valour KIA 5.6.1937

Q[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Querci, Alvaro 6 and 5 shared destroyed, 1 and 1 shared probably destroyed, 3 shared damaged. Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour

R[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Reiner, Giulio 10 and 57 shared destroyed, 7 and 23 shared probably destroyed, 2 and 9 shared damaged, 3 and 3 shared destroyed on the ground.
Remondino, Aldo 5
Ricci, Corrado 5 and 7 shared destroyed, 1 and 1 shared probable, 4 destroyed on the ground 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross Died 1995
Robetto, Giuseppe 10
Rodoz, Diego 6
Romagnoli, Carlo 11 Gold Medal of Valour KIA 7.9.1941
Roveda, Riccardo 5
Ruspoli, Carlo Maurizio 11 Born in 1906, Ruspoli is recorded as probably the oldest Italian fighter pilot to become an ace in WWII, achieving his 11 victories first in North Africa and then on the Russian front.
Ruzzin, Giuseppe 5 and 6 shared destroyed, 8 and 4 shared damaged ǀǀ s x Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross Died 6.2.2009

S[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Giovanni Sajeva 5
Massimo Salvatore 10 10 and 6 shared destroyed, 3 probably destroyed Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour
Attilio Sanson 12
Vincenzo Sant'Andrea 7
Angelo Savini 7 and 7 shared destroyed, 1 and 1 shared probable Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x Bronze Medal of Valour
Per Giuseppe Scarpetta 6 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, 2 x Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross KIA 14.8.1942
Lombardo Schiappacasse 7
Carlo Seganti 5 Medaglia d'Oro al Valor Militare (Postmously) KIA 12 July 1942, North of Malta, by Canadian top ace George Beurling, while searching for a Missing In Action fellow pilot, Tenente
Ricardo Emo Seidl 6 Gold Medal of Valour KIA 27.9.1941
Ferruccio Serafini 9
Pietro Serini 11
Olindo Simionato 5
Aroldo Soffritti 8 destroyed, 5 probably destroyed, 1 damaged, 11 shared destroyed on the ground, 5 shared damaged on the ground 2 x Silver Medal of Valour Died 18.2.1977
Claudio Solaro 12 and 14 shared destroyed, 1 and 1 shared probable, 8 shared damaged, 20 destroyed on the ground 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, 3 x Bronze Medal of Valour, 3 x War Merit Cross, German Iron Cross (2nd class)
Alberto Spigaglia 6 and 4 shared destroyed 2 x Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross
Vittorio Squarcia 5
Natalino Stabile 10 and 2 shared destroyed
Annibale Sterzi 5

T[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Talamini, Renato 5 and 4 shared destroyed, 3 and 5 shared damaged. Silver & Bronze Medal of Valour KIA 10 April 1944
Tarantola, Ennio "Banana" 11 and 4 shared destroyed, 1 probably destroyed, 1 destroyed on the sea Two Medaglia d'argento al valor militare, during World War II (+ two in Spain) and two Medaglie di Bronzo + 1 kill in Spain, with Aviazione Legionaria Died 30.7.2001
Tessari, Arrigo 5 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour, War Cross
Torchio, Luigi 5 Silver Medal of Valour, War Cross KIA 30 January 1944
Torresi, Giulio 10, 10 shared destroyed, 5 probable, 2 shared probable, 11 shared damaged 4 x Silver Medal of Valour, German Iron Cross (2nd class) KIA 1 July 1944
Tugnoli, Giorgio 6, 4 shared, 1 probable 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, 1 x Bronze Medal of Valour, War Merit Cross

V[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Valenzano, Raffaele 8
Valtancoli, Tito 8
Vanzan, Virgilio 7
Veronese, Alberto 6 2 x Silver Medal of Valour KIA 4 November 1944
Veronesi, Mario 11 and 6 shared destroyed, 2 and 2 shared probably destroyed, 1 damaged. Silver Medal of Valour, Bronze Medal of Valour, German Iron Cross (2nd class)
Visconti di Lampugnano, Adriano 26 7 kills with RSI, Shot in the back by Russian guard on after surrender 29 April 1945, Maggiore [1]
Visintini, Mario 16 (+ 5 in Spain), 5 probable Medaglia d'Oro al Valor Militare, Medaglia d'Argento and Medaglia di Bronzo KIFA 11 February 1941, Capitano [1]

Z[edit]

Name Kills Awards Notes
Zemella, Celso 5, 1 shared 3 x Silver Medal of Valour, 1 x Bronze Medal of Valour, German Iron Cross (2nd Class)
Zotti, Andrea 9, 3 shared, 1 damaged KIA 16.3.1940
Zotti, Nicola 5
Zuccarini, Gian Mario 5

References[edit]

Notes

  1. ^ a b c d e f g Shores 1983, p. 93.
  2. ^ Shores 1983, pp. 83-93.

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