born June 6, 1896, near Ferrara, Italydied June 28, 1940, Tobruk, LibyaItalian aviator and politician.He led the fascist Blackshirts in the March on Rome (1922) and served under Benito Mussolini as general of militia (1923) and air minister (1929–33). Balbo developed Italian military and commercial aviation and became famous for promoting mass international flights to demonstrate Italy's air power. He was appointed governor of Libya in 1933 and died when his plane was accidentally shot down by Italian guns over Tobruk.
* * *▪ Italian aviatorborn June 6, 1896, near Ferrara, Italydied June 28, 1940, Tobruk, LibyaItalian airman and fascist leader who played a decisive role in developing Benito Mussolini's air force.After studying at Florence University and the Institute of Social Science in Rome, Balbo served as an officer in the Alpine Corps during World War I. An early Fascist, he led the Blackshirt militia in the March on Rome (October 1922). In rapid succession Mussolini made him a general of militia (1923), undersecretary of state for air (1926), air minister (1929), and air marshal (1933).Upgrading military as well as commercial aviation, Balbo became famous for his promotion of mass international flights to demonstrate Italy's air power. Though he was one of Fascism's best salesmen, his pro-British sentiment and his rising popularity among Italians may have caused Mussolini to remove him from the limelight by appointing him governor of Libya. Balbo was killed when his plane, it was stated, failed to give correct recognition signals and was shot down by Italian guns in Tobruk harbour.
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