Jump to content


Photo

1st Brazilian Fighter Group - 12th U.S. Air Force - Italian Front


  • Please log in to reply
30 replies to this topic

#1 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:38 AM

Hello, I'm back!

After a time away for private reasons, I returned to this space that I could collaborate from the beginning and also learned a lot and won many friendships.
 

In this topic I will present some groups related to 1st Brazilian Fighter Group participation with 12th Air Force in the Italian Operational Theater during World War II.

Formed on December 18, 1943. Its commanding officer was Lieutenant Colonel Nero Moura.
 
The group had 400 men, including 39 pilots. The group was divided into four flights: Red ("A"), Yellow ("B"), Blue ("C"), and Green ("D"). The CO of the group and some officers were not attached to any specific flight. 
 
The group trained for combat in Panama and USA.
 
On May 11, 1944, the group was declared operational and became active in the air defense of the Panama Canal Zone. On June 22, the 1º GAVCA traveled to the US to convert to the Republic P-47D Thunderbolt.
 
On September 19, 1944 the group left for Italy, arriving at Livorno on October 6. It became part of the 350th Fighter Group of the USAAF, which in turn was part of the 62nd Fighter Wing, XXII Tactical Air Command, of the 12th Air Force.

The 1st Brazilian Fighter Group flew a total of 445 missions, 2,550 individual sorties, and 5,465 combat flight hours, from 11 November 1944 to 6 May 1945. The XXII Tactical Air Command acknowledged the efficiency of the Group by noting that although it flew only 5% of the total of missions carried out by all squadrons under its control, it accomplished a much higher percentage of the total destruction wrought:

 

  • 85% of the ammunition depots
  • 36% of the fuel depots
  • 28% of the bridges (19% damaged)
  • 15% of motor vehicles (13% damaged)
  • 10% of horse-drawn vehicles (10% damaged)

 

The Group lost 09 pilots, KIA or killed in flying accidents:

 

> 2nd Lt Dante Isidoro Gastaldoni - May 11, 1944 - Aguadulce Base, Panama

> 1st Lt John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva - November 6, 1944 - Italy.
> 1st Lt Oldegard Olsen Sapucaia - November 7, 1944 - Italy.

> 1st Lt Waldir Paulino Pequeno de Mello - November 16, 1944 - Italy.

> 2nd Lt Roland Rittmeister - November 16, 1944 - Italy.

> 1st Lt João Maurício Campos de Medeiros - January 2, 1945 - Italy.

> 1st Lt Aurélio Vieira Sampaio - January 22, 1945 - Italy.

> 2nd Lt Frederico Gustavo dos Santos - April 3, 1945 - Italy.
> 1st Lt Luiz Lopes Dornelles - April 26, 1945 - Italy.

 

"They will never be forgotten!" - Victory Museum motto that I am curator.

Ricardo.

 



#2 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:58 AM

Major General of Brazlian Air Force, Josino Maia de Assis Group:

 

heroi.jpg
 

Born in 1919, Bage/RS - Brazil.
 
Officer of Brazilian Army Military Aviation before the creation of the Brazilian Air Force in 1941.
 
In WW2 - War name: 'Assis' - Function: Combat Pilot - Fighter pilot and squadron commander of the green squadroon with 41 war missions*.

*Before going to the 1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron - 350th Fighter Group USAAF - 12th AAF in Italian front (1944-45), completed 166 Anti-Submarine Patrol missions in the Northeast of Brazil. 

 

His first mission was in 06 NOV 44. In its 41 mission on 29 JAN 45, was shot down by enemy Flak. Jumped by parachute over enemy territory, having been imprisoned. He was arrested before being released by the Allies at the end of the war. 

 

 

assinatura%2Bassis%2B-%2Bnester.jpg

 

 

d2%2Bdo%2Bassis.jpg

 

assis%2Brecuperado.jpg
 
On 18 Jun 45, came from Pisa to the United States to bring new P-47 aircraft to Brazil.
 
equip%2Bvoo%2Bassis.jpg
 
34322464_207609096515504_422163483540953

Condecorations:
 
Brazilian Air Force Aviation Cross Type 'A' with 1 star (for 30 missions) 
Brazilian Air Force Aviation Cross Type 'B' with palm (for 100 missions) 
Brazilian Air Force Blood Cross
Brazilian Air Force Italian campaign medal
Brazilian Air Force South Atlantic Campaign medal
Order of Aeronautical Merit (Commander) 
Merit Santos Dumont medal in Silver 
Silver Military Medal for 20 years of service, 
Air Medal with 1 Cluster (USA) 
Distinguished Flying Cross (England) 
Official Knight of the Italian Order of Merit 
Presidential Unit Citation (USA)

medals%2Bassis.jpg
 
He was a pioneers of the jet era in Brazil and brought the first jet fighter, Gloster Meteor, from England.
 

Returning to Brazil, he served for some time in Santa Cruz Air Force Base (Rio de Janeiro), where he became commander of the 2nd / 9th Fighter Group in 1950 and Commander of the 1st Fighter Group between 1954-1955.
 

He was commander of the 5th Air Zone. Then he served in the Office of the Minister of Aviation and was Military Advisor to Brazil in Washington, DC (USA). 

 
He was attached to the Brazilian Air Force in England, Norway and Sweden.
 
On 1966, he retired on Major General rank, a total of 7,420 hours of flight. 

Death in 1996, Rio de Janeiro/RJ - Brazil
 
RIP

Edited by Ricardo, 14 May 2019 - 04:05 AM.


#3 BILL THE PATCH

BILL THE PATCH
  • Members
    • Member ID: 11,207
  • 7,012 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Upstate, New York

Posted 14 May 2019 - 04:43 AM

Great write up, it's nice to read up on lesser known units of the MTO.

Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk



#4 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:14 AM

Great write up, it's nice to read up on lesser known units of the MTO.

Sent from my Moto G (5) Plus using Tapatalk

 

Thanks!!



#5 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:23 AM

Major General José Rebelo Meira de Vasconcelos

meirinha%2B13.jpg
 

1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron - 1st BFS
93 combat missions in MTO

 

Born: 27/09/1922, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil

Decorations: Aeronautical Merit Order, Air Force Cross - A Ribbon and 3 stars, Italy Campaign, South Atlantic Campaign, Gold Medal for 30 years of good service, Distinguished Flying Cross (USA), Air Medal with 4 OLC (USA), Croix de Guerre with 1 palm (France), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA).

meirinha%2B24.jpg

 

air%2Bmedal%2Bmeirinha%2B1.jpg
 

croix%2Bde%2Bguerre%2Bmeirinha.jpg
 

meirinha%2B1.jpg

In 1947, then Captain Meira, leading a group of FAB Airmen Officers, became, in the State of Arizona, USA, the First Pilot of Brazilian Fighter to fly a Jet Fighter, a Lockheed P-80 .

 

IMG_9942.JPG

Death: 03/30/2013, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil

 

RIP



#6 Navybean

Navybean
  • Members
    • Member ID: 45,737
  • 2,356 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Washington State

Posted 14 May 2019 - 05:50 AM

Great stuff and interesting subject thanks for sharing

#7 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:33 AM

Lt General Rui Barbosa Moreira Lima

Born: 12/06/1919, Colinas (MA) - Brazil

 

Pilot of the green squadron with 94 combat missions. 

download.jpg

 

assinatura%2Brui%2B-%2Bnester.jpg

 

43951007_263302160992395_106879263440057

 

Medals:

 

medalhas%2Brui.jpg

 

8c76e7c6-ad85-485e-9e1e-393f12985fea.jpe

Death: 08/13/2013, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil

 

RIP



#8 Berzotti*

Berzotti*
  • Members
    • Member ID: 284
  • 52 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Brazil

Posted 14 May 2019 - 06:58 AM

 

meirinha%2B1.jpg

 

 

 

Interesting that the Captain Meira, The "Kid",  prioritized the US and France decorations, including the USAAF pilot badge, by the regulation the Brazilians should come first.

Nice Post, Ricardo.



#9 bobgee

bobgee

    MODERATOR

  • Moderators
    • Member ID: 503
  • 6,075 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Texas

Posted 14 May 2019 - 11:24 AM

 Very nice presentation. Thanks for sharing. Bobgee



#10 KASTAUFFER

KASTAUFFER

    MODERATOR

  • Moderators
    • Member ID: 105
  • 12,278 posts
  • Gender:Male

Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:38 PM

WOW! Beautiful grouping! Are any of his US Decorations named? 

 

Kurt



#11 plick27

plick27
  • Members
    • Member ID: 8,987
  • 1,132 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Northeast

Posted 14 May 2019 - 03:43 PM

Very nice Ricardo, obrigado.

#12 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:16 AM

WOW! Beautiful grouping! Are any of his US Decorations named? 

 

Kurt

 

Hi Kurt,

 

All DFC and AM are not named, but the Lt Col Nero Moura Bronze Star* have:

 

IMG_7623.png

 

IMG_7622.png

 

*This medal is not with us - Today it is at the Aerospace Museum in Rio de Janeiro.

 

The Legion of Merit of the commander Nero Moura of this unit has its initials (I do not have an image now).

.

Regards,

Ricardo.



#13 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:19 AM

 

 

Interesting that the Captain Meira, The "Kid",  prioritized the US and France decorations, including the USAAF pilot badge, by the regulation the Brazilians should come first.

Nice Post, Ricardo.

 

Hi Berzotti,

 

At the time of Lt Meira marriage, there was no Brazilian Air Force regulation for the medals, but they placed them in order of receipt and / or personal importance.

 

Regards,

 

Ricardo.



#14 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:19 AM

Very nice Ricardo, obrigado.

 

Thank you!!



#15 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 02:42 AM

Hi,

 

Now the Brigadier General Nero Moura group.

 

1of7nero_moura.jpg

 

mv46.jpg

 

He was the commander of this Brazilian unit in the MTO.

 

He was born in Cachoeira do Sul-RS, Brazil, on January 30, 1910.

 

In 1927, he was admitted as Cadet at the Military School of Realengo, in Rio de Janeiro. The following year he was transferred to the School of Military Aviation in Campo dos Afonsos, where he completed the studies of Officer Aviador of the Army. Promoted to Second Lieutenant in January of 1931, his first missions were in the Military Air Mail.

During the Brazilian Revolution in 1932 he participated on the side of legal forces, performing reconnaissance, bombing and ground attack flights in the Paraíba Valley region.

 

In 1934, he was sent to the course of air observer at the École d'Application de L'Air at Versailles (1934/35), France.

In 1935, he fought against the rebels of the Communist Intent, even carrying out bombing raids against the coup plotters, besieged in the 3rd Infantry Regiment of Praia Vermelha. Soon after, for some years, he was Shooting and Bombing instructor.

 

Due to his résumé and his relationship with government authorities, he was nominated for Brazilian President Getulio Vargas' pilot, a post he held for some time.

With the beginning of the Second World War in 1939, the Brazilian Government was concerned with the creation of a Ministry that centralized matters related to Aeronautics. Thus, Captain, as a trusted person of the President, Nero Moura can contribute to the creation, on January 20, 1941, of the Ministry of Aeronautics and the Brazilian Air Force, separated from the Army and Navy.

In August 1942, Brazil declared war on the Axis countries (Germany, Italy, and Japan), with the consequent initiative of creating the Brazilian Expeditionary Force to fight on European lands, due to the aggressions practiced by German submarines on Brazilian ships.

On December 18, 1943, the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group was created, with the mission of preparing to participate in the aforementioned conflict, and Major Av Nero Moura was appointed to be its first Commander.
 

The group has trained in the United States and many patrols in the defense of the Panama Canal.
 
mv36.jpg
 

The 1st Brazilian Fighter Group, whose motto was "Senta a Pua", carried out an exceptional number of war missions, considering the short time there, with the ever-present example of its leader and commander, who, in addition to being an administrator, participated in the war missions on equal terms with the other pilots, having completed 62 combat missions.

 

mv38.jpg

 

nero%2Bbuyers.jpg

 

NERO%2BMOURA%2B-%2BLEGI%25C3%2583O%2BDO%

After the war in 1945, Nero Moura was appointed Commander of the First Aviation Regiment, based at Santa Cruz Air Force Base in Rio de Janeiro, where he later moved to the Air Force Reserve as a Colonel at age 35, with 5,000 flight hours.

Getúlio Vargas, when elected as President of the Republic, invited Nero Moura, in 1951, to become Air Force Minister, promoting him ex-officio to Brigadier General.

 

On April 22, 1986, the Brigadier General Nero Moura was proclaimed live Patron of Fighter Aviation.

Decorations:
 
Order of Aeronautical Merit - Degree of Grand Officer
Order of Military Merit - Grand Officer Degree
Order of Naval Merit - Grand Officer Degree
Aviation Cross - Ribbon A with 2 Stars (more 60 combat mission on MTO);
Aviation Cross - Ribbon B (patrol mission on Atlantic);
Campaign of Italy Air Force Medal;
Bronze Military Medal;
South Atlantic Campaign Medal;
Santos-Dumont Merit Medal;
Silver Medal of the Fiftieth Anniversary of the Brazilian Republic
Maria Quitéria Medal
Rio Branco Medal
Legion of Merit - Official Degree (USA);
Distinguished Flying Cross (USA);
Air Medal with 3 OLC (USA);
Bronze Star (USA);
Presidential Unit Citation (USA)
Grand Officier of the Légion d'Honneur (France);
Croix de guerre avec palme (France);
Grand Cross Al Merit - Chile
Silver Star - Chile
Grand Cross of the Condor of the Andes - Bolivia
Grand Croix de l'Ordre National du Cèdre - Lebanon
Grand Croce de Al Merit - Italy
Grand Cross Silver Plate Ruben Dario - Nicaragua
Abdon Calderon 1st Class Medal - Ecuador
1st Class Cross of the Venezuelan Air Forces
1st Class Cross of the Peruvian Aviation - Peru
Bronze Medal - Poland
Knight of the National Order of Merit - Paraguay
 
IMG_6616.JPG

 

Died on December 17, 1994, aged 84.

 

RIP



#16 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 06:39 AM

Marshal of the Air Eduardo Gomes Uniform (1941-42 used):

 

IMG_4232.JPG

 

26168644_1853608731338415_62201876405026

 

He was born in Petrópolis (RJ), Brazil, in 1896.

 

Brigadeiro%2BEduardo%2BGomes.jpg

 
Joined the Realengo Military School in Rio de Janeiro in 1916.
 
In 1941, after the creation of the Ministry of Aeronautics, he was promoted to General Brigadier.

He was Major General then appointed to command the 1st and 2nd Air Zones, based in Belém and Recife. He moved to the capital of Pernambuco, where he began building air bases with the support of North American resources. In this context, it fulfilled an important role of connection between the governments of Brazil and the United States in World War II.
 
In January of 1965, returned to lead the Ministry of the Aeronautics, remaining in the position until March of 1967.
 
Patron of the Brazilian Air Force.

Some decorations:
 
Brazlian Order of Aeronautical Merit
Gold Military Medal
Cross of Aviation - Rybbon B (Atlantic Patrol in WW2)
South Atlantic Campaign Medal
Medal of Merit Santos-Dumont

Legion of Merit (USA)

Order of the British Empire (UK)
Legion of Honor (France)
Order of St. Sylvester (Vatican)

 

He died in Rio de Janeiro in 1981.

 



#17 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 15 May 2019 - 08:32 AM

2nd Lt Fernando Pereyron Mocellin Group.

 

44110941_1033644163485081_35694397694295

 
Was born on 06/20/1922, Santa Maria (RS) - Brazil.
 
He trained in the Eagle Pass in the USA in 1943.
 
44800103_1038123299703834_14615157681128
 
7c91fb7c-0106-456b-9264-443fb3a33023.jpg
 
c8a5fc68-2ddf-46cb-8c79-732ea88f0359.jpg

58f27f90-2efc-40e1-85b5-97056028fad2.jpg
 
b9fe2dda-7ca7-43a6-990e-e17d4291422a.jpg
 
He was one of the first Brazilians to fly with the P-47 in the USA in January 1944.

44897495_1038628976319933_92173695838354
 
Pilot of combat of the Red Squadron, having completed 59 combat missions. His first mission was on 09/12/44 and his last on 05/01/45.
 
pereyron%2Bfb.jpg
 
During his 24th mission, on 02/02/45, he was WIA by enemy AAA splintering.
 
Decorations:
 
Aviation Merit Order,
Blood Cross Medal,
Aviation Cross Medal - Ribbon A with 02 Stars,
Italian Campaign Medal,
Distinguished Flying Cross (USA),
Air Medal (USA) with 02 OLC, and
Presidential Unit Citation (USA).
 
Upon returning to Brazil, shortly afterwards, he asked to be discharged from the Brazlian Air Force, and returned to the Santa Maria city, to work on his father's Jewelery.
 
He was the author of the book entitled "Mission 60," where he recounts his experiences during his flight training in preparation for combat, as well as his 59 war missions.
 
44073633_1033601173489380_14664053392712
 
He died on 05/06/2001, Porto Alegre (RS) - Brazil.
 
RIP!

 



#18 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 16 May 2019 - 07:52 AM

Major Brigadeiro Ismar Ferreira da Costa:

 

Born: 08/08/1920, Alegrete (RS) - Brazil

 

56319206_336700863641532_606023059875928

 

Pilot veteran of the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group in Italy in World War II.
 
58461731_346369006008051_415413909793538

 

Fighter Pilot diploma:
 
pilot%2Bwings%2Busaaf%2Bismar.jpg
 
Pilot of combat of the yellow squadron, having completed 34 missions of war. His first mission was on 06 NOV 44 and his last one on 06 FEV 45. On 09 FEB 45, he was removed from the flight due to health reasons (pneumonia). He returned to Brazil on 05 APR 45.
 
air%2Bmedal%2Bismar.jpg
 
Decorations:
 
Aviation Merit Order,
Aviation Cross Medal with ribbon Type A (ETO),
Italian Campaign Medal,
South Atlantic Campaign Medal,
Air Medal (USA), and 
Presidential Unit Citation (USA)

 

Lt Col Ismar representing Brazil in the course of anti-submarine warfare made in the USA in 1960 for senior officers of friendly nations:

 

58543823_346176286027323_474048580409727

 

58430281_346176282693990_343222509914973

 

Death: 04/24/1991, Alegrete (RS) - Brazil

RIP!



#19 JDK

JDK
  • Members
    • Member ID: 2,901
  • 3,864 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:Midwest

Posted 16 May 2019 - 10:18 AM

Very cool and interesting groups. Not often seen. Thanks for sharing.

 

JD



#20 katieony

katieony
  • Members
    • Member ID: 19,174
  • 2,177 posts

Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:24 AM

Wow, a really interesting post!

 

Mike



#21 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 17 May 2019 - 03:59 AM

Hi,
 
Another great grouping of Victory Museum - Brig Nero Moura:
 

Lt General Theobaldo Antonio KOPP - Born May 28, 1918 in Curitiba, Brazil.

 

kopp%2Bportail%2Busa.jpg

Enlisted a Aviation Cadet in 1937, graduated in 1939 Flight instructor until 1942. In 1943 was stationed at Belem Air Base flying Catalinas on anti-submarine patrol missions.

 

33cbb3d6-9476-4cca-9267-307a5770af17.jpg

In 1944 as First Lieutenant, volunteered to join the Brazilian Expeditionary Force in the Mediterranean Theatre of Operation.

After a fighter training course in Orlando and Gainsville, Florida, he joined his outfit - 1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron - in Aguadulce, Panama, where the training continued, attached to the US 6th Air Force participating in the Canal Defense, Flying P-40's.

 

kopp%2Bp40.jpg

 

trainn%2Bpanama%2Bdiploma%2Bkopp.jpg

 

In July the whole Squadron was transferred to Suffolk County Air Base, Long Island to be trained in the P-47. In November 1944 he began flying combat missions from his Squadron's base in Tarquinia, Italy, attached to the US 350th Fighter Group.

 

34105913_2179346732080643_38883064909010

 

46447520_2449420541739926_66199813555958

 

He flew 57 ground attack missions destroying supply routes, ammunition depots, bridges, railroads and was shot down by 30 and 20mm flack on his last mission, March 7th, 1945.
 
35629152_2202949253053724_46416178430817
 
He stayed with the italian partisans in the Paco Valley until the allied offensive at the end of April.
 
quadro%2BKopp%2B1.jpg

Decorations:
 
Air Force Cross (Ribbon Type A and B )
Air Force Italian Campaign Medal,
Air Force South Atlantic Patrol Medal,
Air Medal with two OLC (USA),
Presidential Unit Citation (USA),
Distinguished Flying Medal (UK).
 
In 1949, as Major, he graduated in Communication Engineering at the Army Engineering School. In 1951 and 1952 he acted as Brazilian representative in the Air Navigation Commission of ICAO, Montreal, Canada.
 
In 1961, he retired as Brigadier General and after two years as maintenance manager of an airline he joined the telephone business. Presently he is President of the Telephone Co. of the State of Minas Gerais. 
 
He flew about 5,000 hours, 350 of which in P-47.

kopp%2Bp47%2Bassoc.jpg
 

56510899_2683039491711362_67102783571849

 

He died on September 16, 1996 at the age of 78.

 

RIP!


Edited by Ricardo, 17 May 2019 - 04:00 AM.


#22 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 17 May 2019 - 04:33 AM

Lt John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva

 

51805295_824325294572392_892832172508341

 

He was born on September 29, 1922, in Rio de Janeiro city, Brazil.

 

Declared official aviator in 1943.

 

He completed his training in Panama, in Suffolk, USA, in preparation for the war in Europe.

 

56915778_860487250956196_767855671806577

 

He was combat pilot of the blue squadron in Italy.

 

He was shot down on November 6, 1944, when he attacked an artillery position on the outskirts of Bologna, integrated a squadron of four planes of the 345th North American Fighter Squadron.

 

28699394_1668184316595522_44581959579398

The Brazil lost its first pilot in war operations...
 

Decorations:
 
Cross of Bravery - Medal intended for war missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 of January of 1946. This medal is destined to military of the active one and the reserve of the Aeronautics that have distinguished by an exceptional act of bravery. To this day, the "Cross of Bravery" was awarded to five Brazilian Airmen-Officers who died in the Italian Campaign, attacking military objectives: Captains-Aviators Luiz Lopes Dorneles, Aurélio Vieira Sampaio and João Mauricio Campos de Medeiros, First Lieutenant-Aviator John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva and Second Lieutenant-Aviator (RC) Frederico Gustavo dos Santos.
 
Cross of Blood - Medal for warfare missions, created by Decree-Law No. 7,454, of April 10, 1945, amended by Decree-Law No. 8,901, of January 24, 1946, and regulated by Decree No. 20,497 of 24 January 1946. Brazilian Air Force soldiers or Brazilian civilians serving in the FAB and who efficiently performed the war missions and were injured in action against the enemy are graced with the "Blood Cross." This medal was awarded to 13 Brazilian Airmen-Officers, among those who participated in the Italian Campaign.
 
Aviation Cross - "Ribbon Type A" - Among the Officers who carried out war missions in Italy as pilots, the "Cross of Aviation" with a palm was awarded to an Officer-Aviator; the one of three stars, the 13 Officers-Aviators; the one of two stars, to seven Officers-Aviators; the one of a star, the 21 Officers; and the simple, to 16 Flight Officers, according to the number of war missions carried out.
 
Note: The difference between "Ribbon A" or "Ribbon B", is according to the mission performed: in Italy (type A) or in the Brazilian coast patrol (type B).
 
South Atlantic Campaign Medal - Brazilian Air Force Medal awarded to military personnel and civilians who have provided good service to the Force in its actions in the South Atlantic, in the preparation and performance of missions executed from 1942 to 1945. It was created by Law No. 497/48 and regulated by Decree No. 26.550 / 49 to award "those who cooperated in the surveillance of the coast, in the air transport of personnel and equipment necessary for the success of the campaign, in the services related to flight safety and the efficiency of aircraft operations commercial and military. "
 
Air Medal - Posthumous (USA).
 
Presidential Unit Citation (USA).

 

 

IMG_5141.JPG

 

49388059_748504145521989_777372351678382

 

DSC04246.JPG

 

RIP!

 



#23 Matt-M

Matt-M
  • Members
    • Member ID: 5,618
  • 346 posts
  • Gender:Male
  • Location:So. Cal.

Posted 17 May 2019 - 09:56 AM

Fantastic! Such a pleasure to see such an historic story such as this. Thank you so much for sharing. Cheers!

#24 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 27 May 2019 - 03:00 AM

Lt Danilo Moura
 

34201972_1719009584803894_91603567147745
 
War Name: Danilo
Function: Combat Pilot

 

Born: 06/30/1916, Cachoeira do Sul (RS) - Brazil
 
Decorations: Brazilian Order of Aeronautic Merit, Blood Cross, Aviation Cross - Ribbon Type A (ETO), Italy Campaign Medal, Air Medal (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA).
 
51492324_2067790186592497_89590732485411

 

Danilo (scheduled) going to the USA in 1942 with other Brazilians - They had won a scholarship to be a pilot.

 

51240349_2058523560852493_61166982303118
 
Danilo (right) at Plains Airways Inc. in Cheyenne - Wyoming, USA:
 
coelhoe%2Bdanilo%2Beua.jpg

 

danilo%2Btreinamento%2Beua.jpg

 

BAAF - Bruning Army Air Field - It was a flight training facility of the United States Army Air Force used during World War II and located in north-eastern Thayer County, Nebraska.
 
Bruning AAF was one of the eleven USAAF training airfields during World War II in Nebraska. The airfield was built in 1942.
 
The base was activated on March 18, 1943 and dedicated on August 28, 1943. The first unit arrived for training on August 2, 1943.
 
Bruning AAF was under the command of Second Air Force Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colorado, and provided the final training for the Consolidated B-24 Liberator Heavy Bombers and Republic P-47 Thunderbolt Fighter-Bombers.
 
Twelve bomb squadrons and nine fighter squadrons completed field proficiency training before receiving orders for overseas combat missions. Full engine and fuselage repairs were available for the B-24 bombers and the P-47 fighters attached to Bruning AAF.
 
There they trained more than 5,000 pilots and mechanics for the war effort.
 
Danilo when he was in the "Aviation Cadet Pilot Training Program" of the "Army Air Forces Training Command" in 1943.
 
41731257_1871051776266340_67502410135345
 
After this training he joined with the 1st Brazilian Fighter Group in 1944 in the USA already piloting P-47.

 

 
33057197_787713474686011_623534570972643
 
In Italy it was Pilot of combat of the green squad, and accumulating the function of head of the garage of vehicles, having carried out 11 missions of war.

His first mission was on 19 NOV 44.
 
assinatura%2Bdanilo%2B-%2Bnester.jpg
 
When it fulfilled its 11 mission, in 04 FEV 45, it was shot down by the enemy AAé to the SO of the city of Treviso, Italy, it jumped of parachute the very low height, having touched the soil seconds after the opening of his parachute.
 
danilo-moura-001.jpg
 
He fell asleep and in the violence of the impact he bit his tongue causing difficulty speaking. He was rescued and hidden by sympathizers. Tired of the life of hiding, he decided to try to return the friendly lines. Contrary to all the instructions regarding the escape, he was able to return the friendly lines walking and cycling, more than 340 km, using the daylight and the main roads.
 
Caminhada%2BDanilo.JPG
 
His story has been told many times in books and magazines. Danilo was the younger brother of the commander Nero Moura.
 
When he returned to Pisa, he continued as chief of the garage, but he could not do any more warfare, for if he were again shot down and taken prisoner, he could be considered by the enemy as a spy and would certainly be executed. For his feat, his colleagues did the "Danilo's Opera" - Every year sung and reencountered by students graduating from the Brazilian Air Force Aviation School.

 

Upon his return to Brazil, he applied for a discharge from the FAB and joined the PANAIR company in Brazil, where he served as a pilot for many years, arriving at the Pilot Station, flying as Commander of the Douglas DC6-C aircraft. Danilo was extremely good-humored and was regarded as one of the most esteemed commanders of the entire fleet. With the extinction of PANAIR of Brazil, it was to be a farmer.

 

Death: 05/14/1990, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil

RIP!


#25 Ricardo

Ricardo
  • Members
    • Member ID: 202
  • 7,760 posts
  • Gender:Not Telling

Posted 27 May 2019 - 03:18 AM

Lt Raymundo da Costa Canário

 

War Name: Canário
Function: Combat Pilot

 

Born: 05/02/1926, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil
 
Decorations: Brazilian Aeronautical Merit Order, Aviation Cross - Ribbon Type A (ETO) with two stars, Italy Campaign Medal, Air Medal with two OLC (USA), and Presidential Unit Citation (USA).
 
canario%2Bmedals.jpg

 

On 01/04/45, arrived in Pisa, coming directly from the United States Pilot School.

 

canario.jpg

 

13668012_879957205481171_140118673085095

 

Pilot of combat of the yellow squadron, having completed 51 war missions.

 

His first mission was on 01/20/45 and his last on 05/01/45.

 

During his 14th mission on 02/15/45, he was shot down by the enemy's Flak, having parachuted into the "no man's land", just in Front of the Brazilian Expedicionary Forces (BEF) having been rescued by a Brazlian Infantry patrol. 

 

50663786_2108492432564706_38710220736230

 

Returned on the same day to the Base of Pisa. The next day, early, he was already on a new war mission.

 

IMG_5099.JPG
 
He was able to return with half a wing of a mission after hitting a factory chimney after an attack dive!

 

 
13615178_879957605481131_132914237909770
 
 
38033440_637679149937823_169915536370774
 
After War, upon returning to Brazil, he left the Air Force to be a Civil Pilot. Later, he transferred to the VARIG, where he was Commander of international flights, having done more than 25,000 flight hours when retiring.

 

Death: 01/13/1997, Rio de Janeiro (RJ) - Brazil
 

RIP!




0 user(s) are reading this topic

0 members, 0 guests, 0 anonymous users