Fighter plane crashed in Piedmont (Italy) 1944

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Hello everyone, I'm a italian freelance researcher . In the past I have done research on a German plane crashed in Corsaglia Valley (http://storieefoto.blogspot.it/2013/02/laereo-di-fontane-uno-junker-188-in-val.html) I'm doing research on a fighter shot down in World War II . I believe it was a British or USAF airplane. Unfortunately I have very few information , I just know that it happened in the period to mid-summer 1944 . The town where this plane crashed is Villanova Mondovi in the province of Cuneo. These are the coordinates of the area of impact 44°22'10.07"N 7°45'23.92"E From the stories of some partisans who at the time occupied the valleys the pilot parachuted out of a nearby village and was rescued . Was not captured by Nazzi or fascist troops I know they were removed from the plane two machine guns and the partisans tried to use them but failed . They were too damaged . Unfortunately I doubt that it could be an English plane since I do not know for what reason was there . Probably it was an action against the airport near Mondovi or railway lines, I found that there were bombing missions of Ceva , Mondovi , Lesegno , Turin . I have not found the mission in mid 1944 in which a fighter crashed around mondovì .
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Try contacting Nick Beale who was a co-author of Air War Italy. His website is here http://www.ghostbombers.com/

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Thank you very much , I'll try that too.

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Thanks also to other forums I found this MACR 8772. I do not know whether it is possible that a plane with the engine on fire arrivals gliding from saluzzo to mondovì .

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Hello everyone. Today I had some news from an old partisan . Unfortunately the help you gave me does not fit with his tale . I also found a number of articles on a local weekly written after the war that confirm his story . The plane we are looking rushed in October 1944 and was certainly English. There is a database similar to macr for england ? Thank you so much again . Claudio
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Hello Claudio, Have you visited the crash site of this aircraft? If so, is there wreckage present? Assuming that wreckage is present, most parts will have some numbers on them; if those numbers are from airframe parts it should be possible to identify the type. A very interesting story about the Ju.188 in Val Corsaglia. Lots of good, identifiable parts too. :) Don

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I found the little book that talks about this event . I also found a newspaper article of the 90 that interview a veteran. From this article the exact date would be August 20, 1944, RAF's airplane. The pilot could be Scottish William Mc Clelland. Unfortunately, on this last part I did not certainties.