Cap. Pilota Franco
Macchi C.202 Folgore
by Ugo Crisponi
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Cap. Pilota Franco
Lucchini - 84a Squadriglia, X Gruppo C.T., 4° Stormo
Franco Lucchini was born in Rome on 24 December 1917. On July 1937 he
volunteered for the Spanish Civil War flying Fiat CR.32s. When war ended
he went to X Gruppo, 4° Stormo C.T. 14 June saw the first combat between
opposing RAF and Regia Aeronautica fighters over North Africa. During
the first tour of operations in North Africa, in seven months he flew 94
missions with 13 air combats and three strafing attacks against enemy
armoured vehicles. In 1941 X Gruppo moved to Trapani, Sicily to take
part in the attacks on Malta on Macchi C.200. After 12 missions and
three dogfights he had claimed 3 shared victories and 5 more probables.
By September 1941 he had flown 37 more missions claiming 14 enemy
aircraft shared and 16 more probables. On 1 December he was promoted to
commander of the 84a Squadriglia. By the end of 1941 X Gruppo
re-equipped with MC.202s and returned to Sicily on 1942. From April to
17 June 1942 he flew 47 missions over Malta at first and then on the
North African front. He was shot down again on 24 October 1942 and
wounded after shooting down a P-40 and a B-25 bomber together with Ten.
De Seta and Ten. Berti. During this mission he was flying C.202 MM7919
'84-12'. After several months at hospital he rejoined his unit in July
1943 and took part in the defence of Sicily as commander of the X Gruppo.
The 5 July during an heavy combat Lucchini was missing. He was credited
with a total of 26 making him one of the highest-ranking Italian ace in
70 aerial combats.
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