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Old 14th September 2008, 19:06
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Spanish Aces on Eastern Front

Hello,

I am looking for any data on the following Spanish fighter pilots who served on the Eastern Front in the ranks of the Blue Squadron:

Gonzalo Quinones
Mariano Medina

I believe they had 12 and 10 victories respectfully while flying for the Luftwaffe. I'm looking for biographical data and career data. Any help would be most appreciated.

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Mike
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Old 14th September 2008, 19:30
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Re: Spanish Aces on Eastern Front

Hi Mike

This site maybe helpful with basic info for Gonzalo Hevia Alvarez-Quinones

http://users.accesscomm.ca/magnusfamily/ww2spn.htm

Also for Gonzalo, but In Spanish but when translated on-line it gives more info

http://www.forosegundaguerra.com/vie...2bb39e58a3b4a7

A Google search for 'Mariano Cuadra Medina' will throw up more info.

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http://www.escuadrillasazules.es/

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Quite impressive site with many I believe rare photographs, including herewith even those of the Quinta (i.e., 5th) Escuadrilla from early 1944.
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Yes, thank you .... is the best website dedicated to the Spanish blue squadrons. It is still under construction and there is much work to do.

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Re: Spanish Aces on Eastern Front

Hi Mike

Almost all the Spanish pilots have double barrelled forenames and surnames. For Cuadra Medina I Have only his claims, all as a Major:-

14th July 1943 LaGG-3 25km NNE Dudorovskiy 1730 hrs 2000 metres
1st August 1943 LaGG-3 10km SE Stara Bychow 0430 hrs 1200 metres
18th August 1943 LaGG-3 Retschiza area 1835 hrs 1200 metres
18th August 1943 Il-2 Retschiza area 1843 hrs 1000 metres
28th August 1943 LaGG-3 Retschiza area 1233 hrs 2500 metres
28th August 1943 LaGG-3 Retschiza area 1236 hrs 2800 metres
31st August 1943 LaGG-3 10km W Yelnya 1305 hrs 4000 metres
7th September 1943 Il-3 25km NW Shisdra 1123 hrs 500 metres
15th September 1943 P-39 25km WNW Yelnya 1633 hrs 3000 metres
15th September 1943 LaGG-3 20km WNW Yelnya 1640 hrs 500-700 metres

He was the Staffelkapitän of 15./JG 51 from 5th July 1943 until 23rd November 1943. He survived the war.

With Hevia Alvarez de Quinones

He was born in 1916. Was formerly a sailor during the Spanish Civil War. In 1956 he founded a n aerobatic Spanish flying team. He died in 1991.

All claims were as a Hauptmann:-

27th January 1943 LaGG-3 30km NNE Gorodok 1335 hrs 3500 metres
22nd February 1943 La-5 10km N Mzensk 0815 hrs 500 metres
23rd February 1943 Il-2 20km SSE Belev 0615 hrs 600 metres
24th February 1943 LaGG-3 20km SE Kirov 1040 hrs 2500 metres
24th February 1943 LaGG-3 20km SE Kirov 1050 hrs 2500 metres
13th March 1943 LaGG-3 25km S Suchinici 1045 hrs 3500 metres
6th May 1943 La-5 15km E Utrikowo 1855 hrs 2000 metres
8th June 1943 LaGG-3 5km E Seschtschinskaja 1915 hrs 3500 metres
8th June 1943 LaGG-3 5km W Srschtschinskaja 1920 hrs 3500 metres
10th June 1943 LaGG-3 30km NNE Sechtschinskaja 1915 hrs 2000 metres A.S.M

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Re: Spanish Aces on Eastern Front

Johannes..good information Thanks.

The commanders of the five blue squadrons were:
1.Blue Squadron, Comandante: Angel Salas Larrazábal
2. " " Comandante: Julio Salvador Benjumea
3. BS Comandante: Carlos Ferrándiz Argonilla
4. BS Comandante: Mariano Cuadra Medina
5. BS Comandante: Javier Murcia Rubio

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1. Blue Squadron and 2. Blue Squadron
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Re: Spanish Aces on Eastern Front

Some books in my collection, on the Blue Squadron:

Alas españolas en Rusia 1941/44, by Francisco Martínez Canales, 2011, Madrid: Alamena, 96 pages, soft cover. This is an Osprey style book, from a series of Spanish history oriented books. Spanish.

La Escuadrilla Azul, by Jorge Fernández-Coppel, 2008, ?Madrid?: Altaya, 331 pages, hardcover. Spanish.

Les Espagnols de la Luftwaffe, José Fernandez & Juan Arraez Cerda, Ciel de Guerre #18 (2010) & #19 (2011), 82 pages + 41 pages (the rest of the issue is devoted to the Blue Division). French.

Victory lists for the 4 combat tours (the 5th did not have any victories) can be found in the relevant volumes of Prien's Jagdfliegerverbande covering the Eastern Front.

Jorge Fernández-Coppel has also written a biography of José Ramón Gavilán: General Gavilán. Memorias: de enlace del General Mola a jefe de la casa militar de Franco, 2005, Madrid: La Esfera de los Libros, 270 pages, hardcover. Spanish.

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Some books in my collection, on the Blue Squadron:

Alas españolas en Rusia 1941/44, by Francisco Martínez Canales, 2011, Madrid: Alamena, 96 pages, soft cover. This is an Osprey style book, from a series of Spanish history oriented books. Spanish.

La Escuadrilla Azul, by Jorge Fernández-Coppel, 2008, ?Madrid?: Altaya, 331 pages, hardcover. Spanish.

Les Espagnols de la Luftwaffe, José Fernandez & Juan Arraez Cerda, Ciel de Guerre #18 (2010) & #19 (2011), 82 pages + 41 pages (the rest of the issue is devoted to the Blue Division). French.

Victory lists for the 4 combat tours (the 5th did not have any victories) can be found in the relevant volumes of Prien's Jagdfliegerverbande covering the Eastern Front.

Jorge Fernández-Coppel has also written a biography of José Ramón Gavilán: General Gavilán. Memorias: de enlace del General Mola a jefe de la casa militar de Franco, 2005, Madrid: La Esfera de los Libros, 270 pages, hardcover. Spanish.

Enjoy!

Frank.
you name these books are good references on the Blue Squadron Spanish.
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