When going to the archives yesterday with my friend James (and getting me the nerdiest-looking picture on a user card ever), I found some very nice Italian information covering the CRUSADER period. I am actually not quite sure if this has ever been published in English, or indeed in Italian. Maybe somebody can comment on that?
Cronistoria is shorthand for Cronica della Storia (historical chronicle), and it is a simple mission report compiled for Superaereo of the Regia Aeronautica (High Command of the Royal Air Force) in the A.S.I. (Africa Settentrionale Italiana – Italian North Africa) area of operations, on a daily basis. Below are two days.
15 November 1941
tel. 2485 to Superaereo
5 MC.200 carried out an escort of a S.75 reconnaissance plane. Formation was attacked by 4 Hurricans from above. Combat allowed the reconnaissance plane to escape. One MC dived in smoke and crashed on the ground. One Hurricane shot down in flames.
13 CR.42 carried out escort for a S.81.
5 G.50 carried out patrol over Benghazi, and one G.50 took off on alarm.
2 MC.200 took off from Barce on alarm.
tel. 2518 to Superaereo
One Ro.37 explored along the coastline from Ain Gazala Apollonia-Marsa Susa and five miles out from Apollonia-Marsa Susa Ai Gazala.
One Cant.Z.501 carried out a search for motor sailing vessels and mines (or mine hunters)
18 November 1941
tel. 2581 to Superaereo
5 G.50 prepared to take off for an alarm, two did not succeed, the other three followed, reached and attacked an enemy formation; one (enemy) plane shot down.
tel. 2633 to Superaereo
One G.50 took off on alarm.
6 CR.42 carried out an escort of Ju.87 planes.
10 G.50 took off on alarm from Martuba. One G.50 took off on alarm from Ain-Gazala and made contact together with German fighters with a formation of 9 Glen Martin (bombers). One shot down.