Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units cover

Description

Initially developed by Savoia-Marchetti as a transport, the aircraft had evolved into a dedicated medium bomber by the time the S.79-I made its combat debut in the Spanish Civil War in 1936. During World War 2, it became Italy's most successful bomber, and the most produced, with around 1370 built between 1936 and early 1944. Although initially hampered by poor tactics, the S.79 bomber crews nonetheless scored sunk a number of Allied vessels, and provided a constant threat to Allied sailors in the Mediterranean in the early stages of the war. In East Africa and the Red Sea the Sparvieri were the most modern bombers in-theatre, proving a challenge to RAF and SAAF biplane fighters.

Using specially commissioned full-colour artwork, first-hand accounts and historic photographs, this volume chronicles the history of the S.79's war in the Mediterranean, North African, Balkan, and East African theatres.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1 – Combat debut in Spain /Chapter 2 – 1940: War against France /Chapter 3 - Sparvieri over Malta and the Mediterranean, 1940-42 /Chapter 4 – Greece and the Balkans, 1940-41 /Chapter 5 – Sparvieri over the Desert, 1940-43 /Chapter 6 – Over East Africa and Red Sea, 1940-41 /Chapter 7 - Sparvieri in Transport roles /Appendices: A) S.79 bomber units, B) Awards to Italian S.79 crewmen and notable pilots, C) Allied warships hit by S.79s, D) Allied merchant ships hit by S.79s, E) Colour Plates Commentary

Product details

Published Feb 22 2018
Format Ebook (PDF)
Edition 1st
Extent 96
ISBN 9781472818843
Imprint Osprey Publishing
Illustrations 10 b/w; 47 col
Series Combat Aircraft
Short code COM 122
Publisher Bloomsbury Publishing

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Marco Mattioli

A native of Rome, Marco Mattioli has been interest…

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Mark Postlethwaite

Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1…

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Richard Caruana

Richard Caruana is a Malta-based artist whose prof…

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