Fortunato, engineered and installed the communications equipment required for the Naples detachment to implement its mission of providing communications from the battlefront to various Air Force commands throughout the Mediterranean Theater of Operations (MTO), to aid in the extension of air transport into Italy and beyond, to provide navigational aids, aircraft control and weather information and liaison with the Mediterranean Allied Air Force
(MAA) headquarters at Caserta, Italy.
As provided by the plan, the Mediterranean Allied Air Force
attacked German communications in January and February 1944 during the landing at Anzio and subsequent battle ashore.
On December 10, 1943, the MAC was disbanded and the Mediterranean Allied Air Force
(MAAF) was established.
In April 1943, he went overseas as a staff officer at headquarters of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
in North Africa, transferring later that year to the 31st Fighter Group.
Hap" Arnold, commanding general, Army Air Forces; assistant chief of staff, Twelfth Air Force (August 1942), and went with it to North Africa (October); promoted to brigadier general (March 1943); named director of operations, Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
, under Gen.
37 and 40 Squadrons in 205 Group served under the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces
and provided the strategic nighttime punch to complement Twelfth and Fifteenth Air Force's daylight strikes.
Eaker, secretary to the General Staff, and chief historian of the Mediterranean Allied Air Forces