Bruno Mussolini (1918 - 1941)

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About Bruno Mussolini

He was the second son of Italian dictator Benito Mussolini and Mussolini's wife Rachele.

Biography:

Bruno Mussolini was born in Milan in Lombardy. His father, Benito Mussolini, was the editor of "The People of Italy" (Il Popolo d'Italia) newspaper before the birth and, on 22 April, needed to be away for the day in Genoa. Mussolini indicated to his wife that he did not want her to give birth prior to his return. In his words: "I don't want to be the last to be told again as I was with Vittorio." That evening, the manager of the newspaper greeted Mussolini at the station with a broad grin and the words: "It's a boy."

Childhood:

In 1919, Bruno Mussolini caught diphtheria and his parents feared he would never recover. Soon after the doctors pronounced him out of danger, he suffered from a bronchial complaint. By this time, one-year-old Bruno's weight had dropped to about fifteen pounds.

As a young student, 9-year-old Bruno adeptly, if not correctly, answered a schoolteacher's question about grammar. An examiner is reported to have said: "Now Bruno, tell me in what person one cannot command." In response, Bruno tactfully responded: "There are two persons one cannot command, the King and my father."

At age 12, Bruno took after his father and tackled journalism. He and his older brother Vittorio published a weekly called The Boys' Pen (La Penna del Ragazzi).

Bruno, in the manner of a dictator's son, grew to like boxing, fast women, and faster cars. In 1935, at age 17, Bruno became Italy's youngest pilot.

Marriage:

On 7 November 1938, Bruno married Gina Ruberti in Rome. His wife was the daughter of the head of the Ministry of Education's Contemporary Art Bureau. On 18 March 1940, a first child was born to Bruno and his wife. The child was a daughter and they named her Marina. Marina was born in Rome.

Pilot:

In 1935, Bruno Mussolini joined the Royal Italian Air Force (Regia Aeronautica Italiana) and became a pilot. He flew for the Regia Aeronautica during the Second Italo-Ethiopian War. In September, before the Kingdom of Italy invaded the Ethiopian Empire, Air Sergeant Bruno Mussolini, 17, Air Second Lieutenant Vittorio Mussolini, 18, and Air Captain Count Nobile Galeazzo Ciano, 32, sailed from Naples to Africa aboard the MS Saturnia. After Ethiopia, Bruno also participated in the Spanish Civil War and World War II. Unlike his brother Vittorio, Bruno was considered to be a serious pilot. In addition to participating in various conflicts, Bruno was involved in setting flight airspeed records in a 1938 flight to Brazil. In August 1941, he was killed test piloting a new prototype of the Piaggio P.108, a four engine Italian bomber.

Death:

On 7 August 1941, 23-year-old Bruno Mussolini was flying in one of the prototypes of a "secret" bomber near the San Giusto Airport in Pisa. The aircraft got too low and crashed into a house. The cockpit section was separated from the rest of the aircraft and Bruno Mussolini died of his injuries. The machine did not catch fire but was nevertheless totally destroyed in the impact. Five members of the crew were injured and three were killed. Bruno was one of the three killed. Benito Mussolini rushed to the Santa Chiara Hospital to be at the side of his dead son.[

Bruno's sacrifice to the nation prompted his father to compose a booklet entitled "I Talk With Bruno" (Parlo con Bruno). The booklet implied timeless intimacy between the two and mixed Fascist, Catholic, and familial piety. However, the truth was that Benito Mussolini hardly knew Bruno.

Wikipedia: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bruno_Mussolini

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