Brazilian and Italian authorities
celebrated in 2012 at Liverguano, Comune di Pianoro, Bologna Province,
the date of death of John Richard Cordeiro e Silva, a Brazilian Air Force
pilot killed over there in 1944
Our contributor in Italy, Massimo
Mazzanti, in front of the Monument of the at Livergnano in 2010. He was
invited to attend the ceremony in honor of John Richard Cordeiro e Silva
There is a bust of Ft. Lt. John
Richardson Cordeiro e Silva at Livergnano, close to Bologna in Italy,
where he died in 1944 while flying for the Brazilian Air Force with the
Parts of John´s planes were
found in Livergnano. In this particular part, manufacturing number for
his plane was fond.
More parts of John´s planes
Our contributor in Italy, Massimo Mazzanti
was invited to participate in the Cerimony in Honor of a Brazilian Air
Force WW2 pilot, 2ºTen.-Av. John Richardson Cordeiro e Silva, fallen
in battle in Livergnano in 1944..
The Cerimony took place November 7th, 2010 at 10:30 local time at Monumento
al soldato di Livergnano. At 11:30 a flower wreath was placed by John
Present, Brazilian authorities, Fl. Col. Sergio Roberto de Almeida, Brazilian
Attache for Defense and Aeronautics in Italy, CMG Sérgio Nathan
Marinho Goldstein, Brazilian Attache for Defense and Navy in Italy, Col
Orlando Roque de Simone Brazilian Attache for Defense in Italy, Ft. Col.
Jorge Antônio Araújo Amaral c/o Aditância de Defesa
e Aeronáutica, ColAv Ivo Rodcz Filho Head of RECABI, TenColPil
Felipe Cruz Velasco RECABI, SoDilson José de Oliveira Coadiutoredell'Addetto
per laDifesa e Aeronautico, SO Donizeti Furtado de Oliveira Coadiutoredell'AddettoNavale,
ST João Batista PilonetoCoadiutoredell'AddettoMilitare, 1st Sarg.
Cosme de Castro Caetano Coadiutoredel Capo della RECABI, a Delegation
from Brazilian Air Force Academy with 16 members. By the Italian side,
Gabriele Minghetti, Pianoro's Mayor and other regional authoritie and
Gruppo Amici di Livergnano, which offerd a cocktail at the end.
Brazil sent a P-47D squadron to Europe as part of the Allied effort to
defeat the Nazis. This squadron was trained in the US to fight as an USAAF
unit under USAAF orders.
At the begining, Brazilian Air Force pilots flew within USAAF's 350th
Fi. Gp squadrons, 345th, 346th and 347th. We were the fourth squadron
of the group, known by the Americans as 1st Brazilian Fighter Squadron.
That was the case when our John Richard was flying as the forth plane
on a 345th formation. He was hit by Flak on the first run. With his engine
on fire he managed to hold the plane but without power to gain altitude
to bail out with parachutes and losing the speed he gained from the dive's
recovery, he tried an emergency landing over the enemy lines on rough
terrain, south of Pianoro, on the Gothic Line, close to Bologna. As he
touched ground his P-47D-27-RE s/n 42-26872 exploded to small pieces.
He was not schedulled to this flight, he was a reserve to Lt. Perdigão,
whose plane hit a pole prior to take-off, damaging the wing.
Fl. Lt. John Richarson was Brazilian Air Force's first combat loss in
But the most significant event of the day was finding an eyewitness to
John's death. Massimo found and interviewed Sig. Arbati Remo, a young
man at the time, he saw the plane going down on fire over his "paese"
and a couple of Flaks hitting him after that. At Livergnano there is a
Museum in honor of the Brazilian Expedicionary Force (FEB).
Massimo was also invited on July 20th to Santos=Dumont Celebration and
December 13th to Sailor Day.
Livergnano, ComunediPianoro, Bologna Proviceofficial
phone 051 6529 119 - 143 Italy