Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Bomber Units
by Marco Mattioli, Richard Caruana, Mark Postlethwaite
Editor: Bloomsbury Publishing PLC
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Originally developed by Savoia-Marchetti as a means of transport, the aircraft had evolved into a dedicated medium bomber, by the time the S79-I made his first combat debut in the Spanish Civil War in 1936.During the Second World War, it became Italy’s most successful bombers, and most of the products, with around 1370 built between 1936 and early 1944.Although initially hampered by a lack of tactics, the S79 bombing crews nevertheless marked bombers shipwrecked a number of Allied ships, and provided a constant threat to Mediterranean seafarers in the beginning of the warIn East Africa and the Red Sea, the Sparvieri were the most modern bombers theatre, proving a challenge to the RAF and SAAF biplan combatants.Using specially commissioned colour illustrations, first-hand accounts and historical photographs, this volume tells the story of S79 of the war in the Mediterranean, North Africa, the Balkans and Africa theatres
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