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Cant-Z-506B Airone

10 May 2017

 

Captured CANT-Z-506B Airone secured by an RAF sentry on Mondello Beach (Sicily) in 1943—Library of Congress image

The CANT Z-506B Airone (Heron) is unheralded in English speaking countries but served Italy for twenty years in torpedo bomber, bomber, recce, maritime patrol and air/sea rescue missions. Unusually, one was used in a WW II Allied POW escape effort.  The one in these images was forced down onto a Sicilian beach in November 1943. Construction was mostly of wood though the floats were duralumnium. Although dozens survived WW II only one remains—fittingly on display in the Italian Air Force Museum near Vigna di Valle in Italy.

Captured CANT-Z-506B Airone secured by an RAF sentry on Mondello Beach (Sicily) in 1943—Library of Congress image

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