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Savoia-Marchetti S.79 Sparviero Torpedo-bomber Units


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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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The humpbacked, three-engined S.79 was the Regia Aeronautica's most effective weapon during World War 2. Dubbed the Gobbi Maledetti (`damned hunchbacks') by those that flew the aircraft, the S.79 was Italy's most recognisable combat aircraft.

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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. Mark Postlethwaite was born in Leicestershire in 1964 and has developed a lifelong passion for aviation history. He first worked as a photographer before turning his attention solely to artwork, and is now highly regarded in his field for the quality and accuracy of his work. He became the youngest elected member of the Guild of Aviation Artists in 1991. Mark is a valued Osprey artist and has contributed to more than 80 of its books.

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