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Italian Air/sea Rescue Boats In Ww2


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I ran across this page tonight with a picture and caption:






"During his 90 year of history the Italian Air Force employed not only aircraft but also some boat mostly used in attendance to seaplane units in the air harbor. In this photo a high-sea rescue motorboat Rama (Motoscafo Soccorso d'Alto Mare Regia Aeronautica) employed by the Regia Aeronautica around later Thirties/early Forties XX Century in the air harbor of Cadimare, near La Spezia, Liguria. This motorboat were able to afford the sea in gale and strong gale conditions. During the East African Campaign, on Summer 1940 three Regia Aeronautica’s motorboat was allocated to Regia Marina (Italian Navy) as reinforcement of the torpedo boat’s line somewhat tatty of the XXI Squadriglia MAS, at Massawa, Eritrea. The Air Force’s boats was modified in loco with torpedo and depth charges. Victor Sierra"


Can anyone provide more details on these craft? What about the one mentioned that is turned into a motor torpedo boat in Massawa?


Thank you


Dave G

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Da più parti si legge di questi motoscafi ceduti alla Marina dalla Regia Aeronautica in AOI.

Si riferisce che siano stati armati con siluri e bombe di profondità.


Posso sbagliarmi ma credo che oltre qualche arma automatica abbiano avuto qualche bombetta da sganciare.

Proprio non credo che siano stati trasformati in siluranti,

Dopotutto nelle ultime azioni intervennero i vecchi MAS, ormai decrepiti, e non questi motoscafi.

Ripeto, è solo una mia supposizione.

Peppe - F21


P.S.- Avrei dovuto tradurre la mia risposta in inglese?

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