Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units

Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-Bomber Units

Combat Aircraft 106
  • Author: Marco Mattioli
  • Illustrator: Richard Caruana, Mark Postlethwaite
  • Short code: COM 106
  • Publication Date: 20 Oct 2014
  • Number of Pages: 96
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Italy's most successful wartime bomber, the S.79 saw combat with the Regia Aeronautica in France, Yugoslavia, Greece, North Africa, East Africa and in the Mediterranean. Initially developed as a transport, the aircraft evolved into a dedicated medium bomber during the Spanish Civil War in 1936. The manufacturer then produced the S.79-II torpedo-bomber which entered service in 1939 - which primarily saw service against the Royal Navy in the Mediterranean. Illustrated with 30 full colour profiles of the main units that saw action with either the Regia Aeronautica or the ANR, this title is the first of two volumes to cover the development history and wartime performance of the S.79.

Biographical Note

A native of Rome, Marco Mattioli has been interested in military history since he was a teenager. In 1992 he joined the Italian National Journalist Order, after which he was employed as a writer for several leading Italian history publishers. A contributor to many important Italian history and defence magazines, as well as the author of a number of books on Italian military aviation, he wrote Osprey Aviation Elite Units 38 - 53° Stormo.Richard Caruana is a Malta-based artist whose profile artwork is well known, and respected, in aviation modelling periodicals such as Scale Aviation Modelling and Scale Models. He has illustrated all of Osprey Aviation's Italian World War 2 titles.

Contents

1940
1941
1942
1943
1944-45
Appendices A) S.79 RA and ANR units B) Awards to notable Italian S.79 torpedo-bomber pilots C) S.79 torpedo-bomber warship victories D) S.79 torpedo-bombers merchant ship victories E) Colour Plates Commentary

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