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Ferruccio Ranza 9 September 1892 – 25 April 1973 Place of birth Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy Place of death Bologna, Italy Allegiance Italy Service/branch Engineer; aviation Years of service 1914 - 1945 Rank Tenente (later Brigadier General) Unit 43a Squadriglia, 77a Squadriglia Commands held 91a Squadriglia Awards Three Silver and two Bronze awards of Medal for Military Valor, Military Order of Savoy, French and Belgian Croix de Guerre, Serbian Order of the Star of Karageorge Other work Rose to several different high commands during 1930s and World War II Brigadier General Ferruccio Ranza began his military career as a World War I flying ace credited with seventeen confirmed victories and eight unconfirmed ones.[1] Postwar, he rose to command of several area commands of the resurgent Italian air force. He served through the end of World War II.[2] Contents 1 World War I service 2 Post World War I 3 Sources of information 4 Reference World War I service Ranza was an engineer when World War I broke out, being assigned on 8 November 1914 as a lieutenant in 1st Engineer Regiment. He attended the flight school at Venaria. His first assignment, on 14 October 1915, was to 43a Squadriglia to fly reconnaissance missions. He won a Bronze award of the Medal for Military Valor for carrying out an artillery spotting mission under fire.[3] However, Ranza had no success in aerial warfare until he transitioned to Nieuports and joined 77a Squadriglia on 22 June 1916.[4][5] Five days later, flying a Nieuport 11, he downed a Hansa-Brandenburg C.I. On 14 September 1916, he shot down a seaplane[6] and received another Bronze award.[7] By 25 November, he had four confirmed wins and one unconfirmed. He made another unconfirmed claim on 4 April 1917.[8] Fulco Ruffo di Calabria was removed from command of 91a Squadriglia because of combat fatigue; Ranza was appointed to succeed him in command, on 1 May 1917, while still flying with 77a Squadriglia through June.[9] Ranza scored again on 23 June 1917, and would continue to score through the end of the war, with his last claims being two unconfirmed victories on 29 October 1918.[10] In the process, he was promoted to captain and won three Silver awards of the Medal for Military Valor, the Serbian Order of the Star of Karageorge, four war crosses (two Italian, one French, one Belgian),[11] and the Military Order of Savoy.[12] Post World War I Ranza stayed in the Italian Air Force. In February 1924, he took command of the 13th Group. In April 1927, he stepped up to command of 2nd Wing.[13] He rose to command of Italian air assets in Tripolitania,[14] then returned to Italy as Chief of Staff for 1st Zone Air Place. From January to September 1935, he returned to Italian East Africa as a Brigadier General. In 1939, he moved to become Air Officer Commanding in Albania.[15] The following year, he was appointed AOC Southern Italy.[16] Ranza retired on 29 January 1945.[17] Sources of information ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/italy/ranza.php Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 79.  ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/italy/ranza.php Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/italy/ranza.php Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ http://www.theaerodrome.com/aces/italy/ranza.php Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ Spad XII/XIII Aces of World War I. pp. 27–28.  ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 79.  ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 79.  ^ http://translate.google.com/translate?hl=en&sl=it&u=http://www.aspeterpan.com/book1/Ranza.htm&ei=nsu0S4W3GJ--M7TQ7IMK&sa=X&oi=translate&ct=result&resnum=2&ved=0CAkQ7gEwAQ&prev=/search%3Fq%3D%2522ferruccio%2Branza%2522%26hl%3Den%26safe%3Doff%26client%3Dsafari%26rls%3Den Retrieved on 1 April 2010. ^ Nieuport Aces of World War 1. p. 79.  ^ SPAD XII/XIII aces of World War I. p. 27.  Reference Nieuport Aces of World War 1. Norman Franks. Osprey Publishing, 2000. ISBN 1855329611, 9781855329614. SPAD XII/XIII Aces of World War I. Jon Guttman, Osprey Publishing, 2002. ISBN 1841763160, 9781841763163. Persondata Name Ranza, Ferruccio Alternative names Short description Date of birth 9 September 1892 Place of birth Fiorenzuola d'Arda, Italy Date of death 25 April 1973 Place of death Bologna, Italy This biographical article related to the Italian military is a stub. You can help Wikipedia by expanding it.v · d · e