85a Squadriglia, Albania, late 1918

The 85a Squadriglia was formed on September 25th, 1917 and fought up to the end of the First World War on the Albanian front. The first

equipment of the unit was composed of French Nieuport fighters, which were replaced the following year by Hanriot HD.Is. The unit was

disbanded in October 1919. As with the pilots of other nationalities, the Italians had a tendency to decorate their aircraft. A rendition of playing

cards was not limited to aircraft of the 85a Squadriglia, but have also been seen on aircraft of Tenente Baracchini of the 76a Squadriglia.

INFO Eduard - February 2021