Heavily chipped Fiat G.50bis Freccia of the °20 Gruppo are maintained in Ursel, Belgium, in November 1940 to take part in the Battle of Britain. However, with little impact - 1/144 scale vignette.

20° Gruppo

Under the command of Major Bonzano, the 20° Gruppo was transferred from Ciampino Sud to Ursel in Belgium in September 1940. There it was incorporated into the Corpo Aereo Italiano and JG 56 of the Luftwaffe. The 20° Gruppo comprised Squadrons 351, 352 and 353 on Fiat G.50bis. For seven months, the 20° Gruppo operated over the English Channel, but without any significant incidents. In April 1941, the Gruppo was finally transferred to North Africa, together with its Fiat G.50bis, which were, however, already obsolete by then.


Heavily weathered in Belgium climate

Historical photographs show the G.50bis of the 20°Gruppo with extensively chipped paint. As far as researched, the chipping, which occurs mainly in the fuselage area behind the cockpit, was caused by tarpaulins used to protect the open cockpits. Mechanical abrasion, humidity and the low temperatures compared to Italy must have been the reason for the flaking paint.



I am not a professional historian and have neither access to first-hand sources nor to reports from witnesses. All information and data summarised in this article are based on the following sources. If any information is incorrect or misrepresented, please let me know.


The Model

Fiat G.50bis Freccia

20º Gruppo, 56º Stormo, November 1944, Ursel, Belgium

Scale: 1/144

Height: 150mm
Length: 110mm
Width: 110mm

Kit: Mark 1
PE: Brengun
Figure: Shapeways

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