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Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP09 Aug 2023 7:34 p.m. PST

…shot down in 1940-41 during the Italian campaign against Greece

"Wartime propaganda mechanisms are generally inflating the numbers of enemy aircraft shot down, while downgrading the numbers of their own losses.

This general rule applies to every nation at war and as time goes by, many myths are shrouding the truth and actual events with inaccurate information.

Tales of "heroic deeds", grossly exaggerated claims, descriptions that would be more appropriate to a Hollywood movie, rather than an accurate account of losses and successes are surviving to these days, obstructing a clear view of what really happened in the skies in 1940-41…"

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Gozerius09 Aug 2023 8:26 p.m. PST

Great article!

UshCha10 Aug 2023 12:53 a.m. PST


Personal logo deadhead Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2023 8:05 a.m. PST

A very sensible and authoritative analysis, by a professional. Worth reading just for the history of the Hellenic Air Force in that short period. Inflated claims we all understand, optimism, multiple attackers, propaganda, blatant "exaggeration", all contribute

Personal logo Grelber Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2023 10:01 a.m. PST

Great article! The war in Greece is hard to research in the West since little information is available and much of what is available is in Greek. This is a good, well researched study.

I'm reminded of the question, "How do you eat an elephant?" Answer: "One bite at a time." The book is clearly the "One bite" for talking about air warfare in WWII.

Having worked for the USAF for years, I found it interesting that the Greek pilots had a great deal more experience than their Italian foes. Training has been a big deal with USAF, and it seems to pay off, over Albania, as well as over Iraq.

So, good find, Tango! Now I need to find a model of a PZL 24 to support my 28 mm Greek army! Eleftherios e thanatos!


Tango01 Supporting Member of TMP10 Aug 2023 3:00 p.m. PST

Happy you enjoyed it my friends…


79thPA Supporting Member of TMP12 Sep 2023 7:17 a.m. PST

Agreed. Great article. Thanks, Armand.

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