View Full Version : What Allied air units and planes involved in Battle for Sicily?

03-06-2007, 11:48 AM
I'm thinking of doing some missions involving Italian 109g's flown in the defence of Sicily in summer 1943.

What aircraft would be flown by the Allies? Would the Allies have flown Naval aircraft to support the initial landings and if so, would they be seafires and wildcats? I'm assuming 1943 is too early for Hellcats and Corsairs.

I'm assuming Spit V's and P-40's for the land air forces.

03-06-2007, 12:05 PM
p51B P47 razoback (dunno which)
spitfire and i think p38J was there aswell.

03-06-2007, 12:19 PM
USAAF Spitfires in the Mediterranean.


Interesting reading.

03-06-2007, 12:37 PM
Never read of P-47 over Sicily...

The American fighter groups had few P-39 (did not participate afaik), few Spits, mostly P-38F and P-40, the British and the Dominion forces flew usually Spitfires. Some US A-36 were present, too.
No naval aircraft were neccessary since the Allied had taken Pantelleria without fighting prior to the invasion and were thus in possession of three islands near by Sicily with Malta, Gozo and Pantelleria. The carriers of Force H were in the Ionian Sea.
The Bomber forces consisted of B-17, B-25, B-26 and A-20, who bombed enemy air fields every day and every night.
Additionally Beaufighters and Mosquitos.

Most common types encountered by the Germans from their perspective were Hawks, Lightnings and Spits.

detailed account:




worth reading is Johannes Steinhoff: Messerschmitts over Sicily as it illustrates how desperate the situation on German side was.

Nice Scenario, imo!

03-06-2007, 12:55 PM
Cheers and thanks! Will check out the links this evening.