Lost planes, a tribute to the British pilot who fell in the last days of the war at the age of 24

VILLADOSE – Two days full of emotions for the families who came from England, from Arnold George Raymond Hallasa former Wiltshire flight officer who made his last flight 77 years just days before the end of World War II. Last Friday, in the afternoon, the English group, together with the authorities in a delegation representing the Villadose School, which carried out an important project, which included an exhibition, visited and attended a ceremony in the War Cemetery of Padua led by Reverend Rebekah Cannon.

On April 30, 1945, the Spitfire of Squadron n. 601 started from Bellaria (Rimini), for an reconnaissance operation. The pilot Hallas was flying as a Mustard 4 in the Spitfire NH 231 as the formation was hit by light but intense fire from enemy positions. On the way back Hallas called and reported that he had been hit in the engine and after flying over the bad weather, he reported that the temperature was rising and at 4,000 feet he made the decision to save himself . However, his plane dived several times and was seen rolling before sinking directly into the Villadosan countryside between Ca ‘Tron and Cambio. Arnold Hallas was just 24 years old when his Spitfire fell, a few months before the end of World War II and two days before it was officially stopped in Italy. Yesterday morning, the group of family members, along with the Lost Aircraft Association, councilors Davide Aggio and Marzia Dall’Ara, teacher Nicoletta Marchetto, teachers Daniela Baldo and Cristina De Stefani, civil protection and landowner Lauro Voltan gone. to the place where the plane and Arnold’s remains were found.

After placing the flowers at the meeting point, Luca Milan, president of the Lost Aircraft Association in Polesine, explained how the recovery of the remains took place and studies on the dynamics of the impact took place. In the sky, two overflight planes greeted the participants with a small exhibit before observing a minute of silence in memory of the pilot. The group then welcomed sixth-graders who worked on the project and visited the exhibit at City Hall, “Beyond the flight there is more” curated by the inclusive Villadose Institute and the Lost Aircraft Association. The project ends with the publication of a book featuring the testimonies and photographic and documentary material of Hallas and his plane.


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