| Founded November 1916|
| Kingdom of Italy|
World War I
| Corpo Aeronautico Militare|
79a Squadriglia was one of Italy's first fighter squadrons. It served in combat during World War I from 13 January 1917 though war's end. It was credited with 47 aerial victories.
79a Squadriglia Wikipedia
79a Squadriglia of the Corpo Aeronautico Militare was one of Italy's original fighter squadrons. It was founded in November 1916 at the Central Flying School in Arcade, Italy. On 13 January 1917, it was deployed to Istrana, with its area of operations being the Asiago Plateau near the ongoing Battles of the Isonzo. The new unit flew its first combat mission on 20 January 1917.
On 28 March 1917, 3a Sezione was detached for city defense duties. On 10 April 1917, the squadron was attached to 10o Gruppo. A month later, it was transferred to 7o Gruppo. On 2 June 1917, Antonio Reali scored his first aerial victory for the squadron's initial success.
On 3 December 1917, the squadron was posted to the 15o Gruppo. In June 1918, it was assigned to the Massia da Caccia (Fighter Mass) before passing to control of the 23o Gruppo. The squadron served through war's end. Its wartime record was 4,411 combat sorties flown, with 47 victories achieved in 227 aerial combats. The squadron had suffered five killed.Capitano Francesco Chimirri: November 1916 until injured in takeoff accident on 15 June 1917
Tenente (later Capitano) Cesare Bartoletti
Tenente (later Capitano) Umberto Mazzini: 3 December 1917 - 3 September 1918
Tenente Eugenio Mossi (temporary): 3 September 1918 - 3 October 1918
Capitano Arturo Freddi Cavallotti: 3 October 1918 to war's end
Arcade, Italy: November 1916
Istrana: 20 January 1917
Nove di Bassano: 2 November 1917
San Lucia: March 1918
Squadron insignia was a silhouette of a black female wolf looking forward along the fuselageNieuport 11