Macchi C.202/C.205V Units in Combat

Macchi C.202/C.205V Units in Combat

Combat Aircraft 145
  • Author: Marco Mattioli
  • Illustrator: Richard Caruana, Gareth Hector
  • Short code: COM 145
  • Publication Date: 26 May 2022
  • Number of Pages: 96
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A study of the Macchi Folgore and Veltro, the most successful Italian fighters in World War II. With specially commissioned profiles, the book examines how these fighters were conceived, their performance and the fascinating stories of their pilots.

Italian fighters, such as the Fiat G.50 and Macchi C.200, had always struggled with their straight-line speed and restricted armament when engaging their Allied counterparts. To solve these problems, Macchi initially designed the C.202 Folgore using German engines, which contributed to create a faster aircraft, with a superior rate of climb and reachable altitude. Folgore's success in various North African engagements then paved the way for the development of Macchi's most successful fighter, the C.205V Veltro, which managed to combine increased speed and increased power. Packed with specially commissioned artwork and original photos, and written by Italian military aviation specialist Marco Mattioli, this fascinating book explores how the premier Italian fighter of the war came to life and the historical circumstances that prevented it from becoming one of the most dreaded aircraft in the Mediterranean.

Biographical Note

A native of Rome, Marco Mattioli has been interested in military history since he was a teenager. A contributor to many Italian history and defence magazines, and the author of several books on Italian military aviation, he has written Osprey AEU 38, COM 106 and COM 122. Richard Caruana is a Malta-based artist whose profile artwork is well known in aviation modelling periodicals such as Scale Aviation Modelling and Scale Models. He has illustrated all of Osprey's Italian WWII aviation titles.


Chapter 1
Ultimate Macchi Fighters

Chapter 2
Folgores over Malta

Chapter 3
FIghting over North Africa

Chapter 4
Other Theatres

Chapter 5
Defending Italian Soil

Chapter 6
After the Armistice

Chapter 7
In Foreign Service

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