An Italian pilot from The Second World War has met a tragic death after the plane on which he was aboard had crashed into the ground. A witness who saw the entire scene at the time, now led the investigators to the place of the tragedy.
More than four meters below the ground, parts of the plane were lying buried under a cornfield, without anyone knowing what lies beneath it. But it was not a small surprise for the people when they unearthed all the remains.
More than 70 years since the plane had crashed, the remains of Lt. Guerrino Bortolani were found still on his seat, aboard of a Macchi C.205, known to be the best Italian combat aircraft.
“Devoted until the end”, that is how many publications describe him. It seems that Bortolani lost the battle against the Americans in the morning of March 11, 1944. Shot by the enemy, the plane suddenly lost altitude and violently crashed to the ground, pieces of the fuselage being found within an are of several kilometers from the place of impact.
Even though he could have used the catapult option, Bortolani did not do it, battling until the last moment to save his plane. And in a sign of respect for his comrades, the Italian pilot apparently wore a ring received from his superiors until the last moment.
The whole scene took place in an area of the town Padua, in northern Italy. This case got to the attention of the authorities shortly and now they are trying to find his family. The body of the pilot will be buried properly, in a christian ceremony.