I can only pray and thank our heroes Rafael Pabón and Mario Calvo, may they rest in peace. [Bolivian Thoughts]
EFE reports for Pagina Siete:
They find rest of airplane piloted by Rafael Pabón in the Chaco War
Pabón was considered one of the best pilots of Bolivian aviation.
The remains of the plane piloted by the legendary Bolivian aviator Rafael Pabón and shot down by a Paraguayan device during the Chaco War (1932-1935) were found in that region, historian Antonio Luis Sapienza informed Efe today.
Sapienza moved today to the area where the remains of the Curtiss-Wright CW-C14R Osprey piloted by Major Pabón, considered one of the best Bolivian aviation pilots of his time, who had Sergeant Mario Calvo as a gunner.
Both died in August 1934 during the air combat that they maintained with a Paraguayan Potez 25, a reconnaissance aircraft, manned by Carmelo Peralta and Rogelio Etcheverry.
The Potez 25 brought down the Bolivian apparatus in an area close to the sector of Florida, in the Paraguayan Chaco.
Sapienza explained that these data were known thanks to the fact that among the remains have been found “pieces with the name of the engine and the aircraft”.
The remains of the device were found days before by the owner of a farm adjoining that area and who later contacted relatives of ex-soldiers of the Chaco War, who in turn transferred the news to the historian.
Sapienza visited the remains with the government senator Arnoldo Wiens, who is considering the possibility of being transferred to a museum.
The so-called Chaco war was waged by Bolivia and Paraguay for the possession of extensive land in an arid region where the first country currently exploits natural gas
On June 12, the Chaco Peace Day was commemorated, in memory of the date on which the cessation of the war was signed.
The final treaty of peace and boundaries between the two countries was signed three years later, on July 21, 1938.