As far as I know the only German unit to see service on the Italian
front before the Fall of 1917 was FA9b, a Bavarian unit equipped with
Pfalz Parasol aircraft that reached the Alps in the Summer of 1915 and
soon begun bombing Italian targets in the Trentino area employing fake
Austro-Hungarian markings (by that time Italy was still not at war with
Germany so they could not use German markings!) (1).
Everything is possible but it seems very unlikely to me that in 1916
this same unit was still operating on the Italian front.
Now, please let me fix a couple of things,in a most friendly way.
B was not married so I dont' see how an his widow could present
anything to anyone.An unknown secret marriage?
I have never heard before that a brother of Enzo Ferrari was been a
squadronmate of B.Very interesting!!Could you please anybody tell me
what's the source of this information?
B came from Cavalry and was a connoisseur of horses (by coincidence
his personal one was black) and the insignia of his Regiment ("Piemonte
Reale Cavalleria") was a prancing horse.
What is usually accepted in Italy is that he simply choose the insignia
of his regiment,or his personal horse,as the insignia of his aircraft.Please
note that it cannot absolutely be proved that Baracca ever painted the
background of his insignia in yellow! The original insignia that a surviving
one of his SPADs still shows its white background.
The colour yellow is the background colour of the shield of Modena,that,
coincidently,was the land of origin of Ferrari himself.
It is usually again accepted that, after some little changes made to the
the design of the horse itself (the tail was raised; the original one was put
down) Ferrari choose the colour of his City as background of the shield of
Could anyone please explain to me too what the Italians are like?
1)For this particular just see "Pfalz Aircraft of WWI" by Jack Herris,FMP.