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    Pierre Clostermann?
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    No, not Clostermann. But to reward your efforts, here's an extra clue. Thanks; Enrie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

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    Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

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    Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.



    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

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    Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

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    Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

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    Morning clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

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    Afternoon clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

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    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

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    Evening clue. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

    (14) He gained a civilian pilots license, prior to being certified as a military pilot.

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    I'm liking Spanish Civil war and WW2 as the two wars. Biplanes could be Polikarpv I15 or possibly Henschell 123, both of which were used in ground attack roles.

    Not come up with a pilot's name though!!

    Terry

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    Quote Originally Posted by Redback View Post
    I'm liking Spanish Civil war and WW2 as the two wars. Biplanes could be Polikarpv I15 or possibly Henschell 123, both of which were used in ground attack roles.

    Not come up with a pilot's name though!!

    Terry

    Keep digging, Terry. Here's a morning clue to aid your search. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

    (14) He gained a civilian pilots license, prior to being certified as a military pilot.

    (14) His brother was a highly decorated member of the naval service.

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    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

    (14) He gained a civilian pilots license, prior to being certified as a military pilot.

    (14) His brother was a highly decorated member of the naval service.

    (15) His victories included both bombers and fighters.

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    Given the strong hint by Terry, I'm guessing Mario Visintini the leading bi-plane ace of WW2?

    Simon

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonCraig1 View Post
    Given the strong hint by Terry, I'm guessing Mario Visintini the leading bi-plane ace of WW2?

    Simon

    Right on the money, Simon. Mario Visintini it is, and you're up. Visintini was the top scoring biplane ace of WWII, and the top scoring ace in the eastern African theater of operations. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

    (14) He gained a civilian pilots license, prior to being certified as a military pilot.

    (14) His brother was a highly decorated member of the naval service.

    (15) His victories included both bombers and fighters.

    (16) He shot down at least two Russina fighters.


    Answer: Mario Visintini



    Mario Visintini, MOVM, (26 April 1913 – 11 February 1941), was the first Regia Aeronautica ace of World War II. In recognition of his flying skill and meticulousness, Visintini was nicknamed cacciatore scientifico (scientific fighter pilot).

    Visintini was the top scoring pilot of all belligerent air forces in Eastern Africa (Africa Orientale) and the top biplane fighter ace of World War II; he achieved all his air victories flying the Fiat CR.42 biplane. He is credited with 16 confirmed air victories and five probables, plus a victory achieved during the Spanish Civil War with the Aviazione Legionaria.

    The day of his last victory was the day of Visintini's death. On 11 February 1941, Visintini claimed a Hurricane, over Keren, probably an aircraft from No. 1 SAAF Squadron that had 11 fighter aircraft on patrol, that day. Two of the British aircraft clashed with Fiat CR.42s, then the Hurricane of Lieutenant S. de K. Viljoen was forced to land. Visintini landed on his airfield, refuelled and took off again, searching for his faithful wingman, Luigi Baron (an ace with a score of 12 kills, at the end of the war), who had been forced down by a storm. Because of the same inclement weather conditions, however, Visintini's Fiat crashed into Mount Bizen, near Nefasit, about 24 kilometers from Asmara, Eritrea.

    According to some historians, Visintini shot down 20 enemy aircraft. During 50 air battles, he downed at least five Blenheim bombers, a greater number of Wellesley bombers, almost certainly three Gladiator fighters and a Hawker Hurricane, plus 32 enemy aircraft (alone and shared with others pilots) destroyed on the airfields of Gedaref, Goz Regeb (Sudan) and Agordat.

    Mario Visentin (later changed to "Visintini") was born in Parenzo d'Istria on 26 April 1913. His father was an agricultural expert. Visintini tried to enter the Regia Accademia Aeronautica but did not pass the medical examination because he was declared "too weak and susceptible". So he enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at "Universitΰ di Bologna". Subsequently, in spring 1936, he entered the air training centre at Caproni di Taliedo. Transferred to Lecce, Visintini followed the usual training program. He gained his civilian pilot's licence on 30 May 1936. and his military wings in September 1936. Two months later, he qualified as a military pilot at Grottaglie, Taranto, on Breda Ba.25s and Fiat CR.20s. With the rank of Sottotenente, he was posted to the 91ͺ Squadriglia, 10°Gruppo, 4° Stormo, at Gorizia, in northeast Italy, where he trained on Fiat CR.30s and Fiat CR.32s.

    In November 1937, Visintini volunteered for service in the Spanish Civil War. He was attached to 25ͺSquadriglia of XVI° Gruppo "La Cucaracha", then equipped with Fiat CR.32s. In Spain, Visintini distinguished himself as an outstanding pilot, claiming a number of kills. At least two of his victories are confirmed. On 24 August 1938 he shot down a a Russian Polikarpov I-15 fighter aircraft, while, on 5 September 1938, he claimed a Polikarpov I-16 of 1a Escuadrilla Chatos, over Venta de los Campesinos. In October 1938, after 330 hours of combat, Visintini returned to Italy, rejoining 4° Stormo. For his service in Spain, he was decorated with a first Medaglia d'Argento al valor militare. In September 1939, he was promoted in Servizio Permanente Effettivo.

    On 12 December 1940, five CR.42s of 412ͺ Squadriglia and a Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 attacked the Goz Regeb airstrip, the home base of No. 237 Squadron B Flight. They destroyed four Hawker Hardys (K4053, K4308, K4055 and K4307) parked on the ground, but the Sudan Defence Force defending the base hit the Fiat of Capitano Antonio Raffi, who was forced to land to the east of Aroma. Visintini landed and helped Raffi aboard. With both pilots tightly packed into the cockpit, Visintini flew back to the Barentu base.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonCraig1 View Post
    Given the strong hint by Terry, I'm guessing Mario Visintini the leading bi-plane ace of WW2?

    Simon

    Right on the money, Simon. Mario Visintini it is, and you're up. Visintini was the top scoring biplane ace of WWII, and the top scoring ace in the eastern African theater of operations. Thanks; Ernie P.


    Question: What warbird ace do I describe?

    Clues:

    (1) He was certainly the first in at least one category; and at the top of the lists in another.

    (2) He destroyed more enemy aircraft on the ground, than in the air.

    (3) He fought in two wars.

    (4) He scored in both wars.

    (5) All of his victories were scored in the same type of aircraft.

    (6) He was the top scoring ace, of all warring nations involved, in his theater of operations.

    (7) On one mission, his wingman was forced down and crashed, by bad weather.

    (8) He died while searching for his wingman, during the same storm.

    (9) He crashed, presumably due to reduced visibility, while searching for his wingman.

    (10) He scored his last victory the same day he died.

    (11) He flew a biplane.

    (12) A biplane noted for being very maneuverable.

    (13) His first attempt to enter military service as an aviator failed, because he was deemed to be physically unfit.

    (14) He gained a civilian pilots license, prior to being certified as a military pilot.

    (14) His brother was a highly decorated member of the naval service.

    (15) His victories included both bombers and fighters.

    (16) He shot down at least two Russina fighters.


    Answer: Mario Visintini



    Mario Visintini, MOVM, (26 April 1913 – 11 February 1941), was the first Regia Aeronautica ace of World War II. In recognition of his flying skill and meticulousness, Visintini was nicknamed cacciatore scientifico (scientific fighter pilot).

    Visintini was the top scoring pilot of all belligerent air forces in Eastern Africa (Africa Orientale) and the top biplane fighter ace of World War II; he achieved all his air victories flying the Fiat CR.42 biplane. He is credited with 16 confirmed air victories and five probables, plus a victory achieved during the Spanish Civil War with the Aviazione Legionaria.

    The day of his last victory was the day of Visintini's death. On 11 February 1941, Visintini claimed a Hurricane, over Keren, probably an aircraft from No. 1 SAAF Squadron that had 11 fighter aircraft on patrol, that day. Two of the British aircraft clashed with Fiat CR.42s, then the Hurricane of Lieutenant S. de K. Viljoen was forced to land. Visintini landed on his airfield, refuelled and took off again, searching for his faithful wingman, Luigi Baron (an ace with a score of 12 kills, at the end of the war), who had been forced down by a storm. Because of the same inclement weather conditions, however, Visintini's Fiat crashed into Mount Bizen, near Nefasit, about 24 kilometers from Asmara, Eritrea.

    According to some historians, Visintini shot down 20 enemy aircraft. During 50 air battles, he downed at least five Blenheim bombers, a greater number of Wellesley bombers, almost certainly three Gladiator fighters and a Hawker Hurricane, plus 32 enemy aircraft (alone and shared with others pilots) destroyed on the airfields of Gedaref, Goz Regeb (Sudan) and Agordat.

    Mario Visentin (later changed to "Visintini") was born in Parenzo d'Istria on 26 April 1913. His father was an agricultural expert. Visintini tried to enter the Regia Accademia Aeronautica but did not pass the medical examination because he was declared "too weak and susceptible". So he enrolled in the Faculty of Agricultural Sciences at "Universitΰ di Bologna". Subsequently, in spring 1936, he entered the air training centre at Caproni di Taliedo. Transferred to Lecce, Visintini followed the usual training program. He gained his civilian pilot's licence on 30 May 1936. and his military wings in September 1936. Two months later, he qualified as a military pilot at Grottaglie, Taranto, on Breda Ba.25s and Fiat CR.20s. With the rank of Sottotenente, he was posted to the 91ͺ Squadriglia, 10°Gruppo, 4° Stormo, at Gorizia, in northeast Italy, where he trained on Fiat CR.30s and Fiat CR.32s.

    In November 1937, Visintini volunteered for service in the Spanish Civil War. He was attached to 25ͺSquadriglia of XVI° Gruppo "La Cucaracha", then equipped with Fiat CR.32s. In Spain, Visintini distinguished himself as an outstanding pilot, claiming a number of kills. At least two of his victories are confirmed. On 24 August 1938 he shot down a a Russian Polikarpov I-15 fighter aircraft, while, on 5 September 1938, he claimed a Polikarpov I-16 of 1a Escuadrilla Chatos, over Venta de los Campesinos. In October 1938, after 330 hours of combat, Visintini returned to Italy, rejoining 4° Stormo. For his service in Spain, he was decorated with a first Medaglia d'Argento al valor militare. In September 1939, he was promoted in Servizio Permanente Effettivo.

    On 12 December 1940, five CR.42s of 412ͺ Squadriglia and a Savoia-Marchetti S.M.79 attacked the Goz Regeb airstrip, the home base of No. 237 Squadron B Flight. They destroyed four Hawker Hardys (K4053, K4308, K4055 and K4307) parked on the ground, but the Sudan Defence Force defending the base hit the Fiat of Capitano Antonio Raffi, who was forced to land to the east of Aroma. Visintini landed and helped Raffi aboard. With both pilots tightly packed into the cockpit, Visintini flew back to the Barentu base.

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    Thanks Ernie, I'm having a problem coming up with a good question so if anyone else wants to jump in help yourselves, otherwise it will probably be tomorrow before I can begin.

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    Quote Originally Posted by SimonCraig1 View Post
    Thanks Ernie, I'm having a problem coming up with a good question so if anyone else wants to jump in help yourselves, otherwise it will probably be tomorrow before I can begin.

    The floor is open, although SimonCraig1 still owes us a question if no one posts a question by tomorrow. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    All;

    If no one posts a question by this evening, I will do so. But I'd prefer SimonCraig1 or some one else take the lead. Thanks; Ernie P.

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    I have a question.... rather obscure but hopefully fun and that's what this forum is all about!!!

    I'm looking for a pilot:

    1. He was a bomber pilot but was better known as an aircraft designer.
    2. He was rejected from flying service initially, for poor eyesight, but obtained his private pilots license and 'bluffed' his way though another aircrew medical.

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    1. He was a bomber pilot but was better known as an aircraft designer.
    2. He was rejected from flying service initially, for poor eyesight, but obtained his private pilots license and 'bluffed' his way though another aircrew medical.
    3. The first aircraft he flew operationally had STOL capability, the aircraft he designed also had this feature.

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    I'm looking for a pilot:

    1. He was a bomber pilot but was better known as an aircraft designer.
    2. He was rejected from flying service initially, for poor eyesight, but obtained his private pilots license and 'bluffed' his way though another aircrew medical.
    3. The first aircraft he flew operationally had STOL capability, the aircraft he designed also had this feature.
    4. He then moved onto fly twin engine bombers. Though he survived many missions he gained something of a reputation for being accident prone including crashing after being struck by lightning


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