Meet the descendants of the Airship ITALIA Crew
Meet the descendants of the Airship ITALIA Crew. They met in Rome on 7-8 July 2018, hosted at the Italian air force club. This was their first meeting all together, who prior to this year had nearly all been strangers. Their reunion was made possible thanks to Guiseppe Biagi who, with the help of friends, social media and amateur radio, was able to locate them all in just a single year.
The descendants are planning to reach Ny Alesund, in the isolated Spitsbergen archipelago, where the ITALIA airship and other polar expeditions of the time started from, to participate in a commemoration in honour of their ancestors.
Carla Schettino Nobile (descendant of Umberto Nobile)
“Da piccola visitavo spesso la stanza dei cimeli dove nonno conteneva i ricordi della spedizione polare e Titina (il nostro fox terrier) imbalsamata. Mi era proibito ma io ci andavo lo stesso.”
“When I was little I used to secretly visit the room where my grandpa collected all his memories of the expedition, and Titina (our fox terrier) embalmed. It was forbidden but I was going anyway”
Stefania Settimi (descendant of Calisto Ciocca)
“Nonna donò qualche effetto personale appartenuto al nonno poi esposti in cerimonie commemorative. Considero questo un gesto generoso ma anche un modo per far rivivere la storia”
“My grandma donated with some of my grandfather’s personal belongings. I believe this is a very generous gesture but also a way to make history alive”
Laura de’ Grassi di Pianura (descendant of Mariano)
“Non erano un equipaggio, erano anche molto amici tra di loro. Ne è la prova il fatto che Mariano fu costretto a seppellire il meteorologo Finn Malgrem e poi chiamò il suo primogenito in suo onore”.
“It was not only a crew, there were good friends. As a proof of this, Mariano buried Finn Malgrem and later on called his first born boy after him”
Filippo Belloni (descendant of Filippo Zappi)
“I ricordi dell’impresa di nonno sono sempre stati parte delle nostre cene di famiglia”
“My grandfather’s memories are always brought up during our family gatherings”
Sergio Alessandrini (descendant of Renato Alessandrini)
“Sono contento di aver incontrato persone con cui condividere i miei ricordi di famiglia e con cui commemorare i nostri avi”
“I am extremely happy to have found these families with whom share my family memories and commemorate our ancestors”
Peter Johannesen (descendant of Roald Amundsen)
“My grandpa wanted to reach the North Pole at all costs. He used to have his morning shower in the fiord in order to get his body (and mind) trained to cold temperatures. When he first met Nobile, they immediately liked each others, in spite of Nobile’s reckless driving habits, such as accelerating in turns.”