|Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in San Marino
Warplanes of the Second World War preserved in San Marino
The aim of this website is to locate, identify and document Warplanes from the Second World War preserved in San Marino. Many contributors have assisted in the hunt for these aircraft to provide and update the data on this website. Photos are as credited. Any errors found here are by the author, and any additions, corrections or amendments to this list of Warplane Survivors of the Second World War in San Marino would be most welcome and may be e-mailed to the author at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Data current to 9 Nov 2018.
San Marino was ruled by the Sammarinese Fascist Party (PFS) from 1923 and was closely allied to Italy. On 17 September 1940, San Marino declared war on Britain; Britain and the other Allied nations did not reciprocate. San Marino restored relations with Germany, as it did not attend the 1919 Paris Peace Conference. This was done to avoid a repeat of the 1936 incident when San Marino denied a Turkish student entry because he was an enemy alien.
Three days after the fall of Mussolini, PFS rule collapsed and the new government declared neutrality in the conflict. The Fascists regained power on 1 April 1944, but kept neutrality intact. On 26 June, the Royal Air Force accidentally bombed the country, killing 63 civilians. The Fascists and the Axis used this tragedy in propaganda about Allied aggression against a neutral country.
Retreating Axis forces occupied San Marino on 17 September 1944, but were forced out by the Allies in less than three days. The Allied occupation removed the Fascists from power, and San Marino declared war on Germany on 21 September 1844. The newly elected government banned the Fascists on 16 November 1944. (Wikipedia)
Aviation Museum of Rimini - San Marino
Parco Tematico & Museo dell’Aviazion, Superstrada Rimini – San Marino, Km. 8.500, Via S. Aquilina, 58 Rimini.