Autore: Boris Ciglic

Codice: 401001

€ 16,00


Storia, sviluppo e carriera operative del Savoia Marchetti SM.79 con l’aviazione iugoslava durante la seconda guerra mondiale. 125 foto in bianco e nero, molte delle quali inedite, e 22 profili a colori.  


Beautiful and ugly, rugged and elegant, celebrated and underrated, Savoia Marchetti SM.79 was one of the greatest aircraft of it’s time. Sidelined by other, more famous and potent types, with a combat record unpretentious, it still left a colorful mark in Yugoslav military history. This book tells the story of the acquisition of the third modern bomber type in the inventory of the Royal Yugoslav Air Force, it’s peacetime service and the role it played during the April War in 1941. It uncovers in detail the fate of the Yugoslav tri-motors which escaped to the Soviet Union and Middle East, where they were pressed into service by their new owners and with new markings. It describes the operations of the few aircraft in the inventory of the air arm of the puppet Independent State of Croatia, used both as bombers against Partisans and transports in the final stages of the war. It chronicles the episodes played by the iconic aircraft with three different Italian air forces, beginning with incursions during the Greek campaign and the assault on Yugoslavia, long-range flights of torpedo bombers at the time of changed fortunes of war, and ending with bizarre defection in 1946. Illustrated with 22 aircraft profiles and 125 photographs, many of which are published for the first time, this book represents the result of decades of painstaking research. It is drawn from archival sources, interviews and personal recollections, as well as documents and artifacts from private collections in Serbia, Croatia, Italy, Russia, South Africa, Netherlands, Hungary, Slovenia and United Kingdom.


Foreword 5

Chapter 1: Italian Job

Troubled Kingdom 7

Sparviero Comes to Yugoslavia 8

Taming the Tri-motors 17

On the Doorstep of War 29

Chapter 2: The April War

Bombing the Axis 35

Getaway 42

Blame Games 59

Chapter 3: Under the Allied Banner

With Red Stars on the Eastern Front 61

Far and Away 63

Back in Egypt 69

Chapter 4: Croat Hunchbacks

The Lone Bird 71

Return of the Sparviero 72

Chapter 5: Settantanove Over the Balkans

In Hostile Skies 75

Yugoslav Battleground 77

Torpedo Bombers 78

The Hijack 80

Chapter 6: Camouflage and Markings

Vazduhoplovstvo vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije 83

Voyenno-vozdushnye sily 85

Royal Air Force 85

Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Države Hrvatske 86

Regia Aeronautica 86

Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana 86

Regia Aeronautica (post-war) 88

Endnotes 89


Appendix 1: Commanding Officers of VVKJ SM.79I Units 90

Appendix 2: SM.79I Italian Military Serial Numbers & Production Numbers 90

Appendix 3: VVKJ SM.79I Escadrille Numbers & MIlitary Serial Numbers 90

Appendix 4: Reconstruction of VVKJ SM.79I Combat Log 91

Appendix 5: VVKJ SM.79I Losses 97

Appendix 6: Approximate Comparison of Ranks 98

Abbreviations 99

Selected Bibliography 100

Selected Archival Sources and Documents 100

Selected Internet Sources 100

Savoia Marchetti SM.79 in Color 101





127 foto in bianco e nero e 30 profili a colori




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