Military Aviation Museum’s Webinar, Americans in Italy – 1918

Join Italian author Luigino Caliaro for a photographic journey exploring the American Airmen who served in Italy during World War I.

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Join Italian author Luigino Caliaro for a photographic exploration of American Airmen serving in Italy during World War I. The presentation will highlight the training that some airmen received to operate Caproni Ca.3 bombers, under the leadership of future New York City Mayor Fiorello La Guardia. Caliaro will also discuss the US Navy pilots who flew in the Adriatic, including Ensign Charles H. Hammann (USNRF), and the heroic actions that earned him the Medal of Honor. Additionally, the talk will provide an overview of the US Navy and Army forces active in Italy during this period.

**The Charles H. Hammann Medal of Honor Action:**

Americans in Italy 1918 Charles H. Hammann
Navy Ensign Charles Hazeltine Hammann was among the first U.S. military aviators to see combat when the country entered World War I. His heroics in the skies over Europe earned him the distinction of being the first aviator to receive the Medal of Honor.

Ensign Hammann was awarded the Medal of Honor for rescuing his squadron mate, Ensign George M. Ludlow, during aerial operations off the coast of Pola, Croatia, on August 21, 1918. After Ludlow’s Macchi M.5 seaplane fighter was shot down and force-landed on the Adriatic Sea, Hammann bravely landed his own M.5 beside Ludlow under constant threat of attack. With the single-seater aircraft unable to accommodate both men, Ludlow clung to the engine struts for the return flight to Porto Corsini, Italy. Ensign Hammann became the first US naval aviator to receive the nation’s highest military decoration. Unfortunately, he lost his life while on active duty at Langley Field, Virginia, on June 14, 1919. The WWII destroyers USS Hammann (DD 412) and USS Hammann (DE 131) were named in his honor.

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Moreno-Aguiari

Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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About Moreno Aguiari 3337 Articles
Born in Milan, Italy, Moreno moved to the U.S. in 1999 to pursue a career as a commercial pilot. His aviation passion began early, inspired by his uncle, an F-104 Starfighter Crew Chief, and his father, a military traffic controller. Childhood adventures included camping outside military bases and watching planes at Aeroporto Linate. In 1999, he relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, to obtain his commercial pilot license, a move that became permanent. With 24 years in the U.S., he now flies full-time for a Part 91 business aviation company in Atlanta. He is actively involved with the Commemorative Air Force, the D-Day Squadron, and other aviation organizations. He enjoys life with his supportive wife and three wonderful children.

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