S.M.79 bis/N (Germany)

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▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942)
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AB
RB
SB
General characteristics
Brief
Detailed
3.0/3.0/3.0BR
5 peopleCrew
6.9 tEmpty weight
10.5 tTake-off weight
Flight characteristics
8 500 mCeiling
sec34.3/34.3/31.6Turn Time
km/hStalling speed
3 х Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34Engine
RadialType
airCooling system
Speed of destruction
530 km/hStructural
300 km/hGear
Offensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gunWeapon 1
350 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
Defensive armament
12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun2 х Turret
500 roundsAmmunition
701 shots/minFire rate
7.7 mm Lewis machine gun2 х Turret
485 roundsAmmunition
551 shots/minFire rate
Suspended armament
12 х 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
12 х 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
5 х 250 kg GP 250 bombSetup 3
1 х 450 mm F200/450 torpedoSetup 4
2 х 500 kg GP 500 bombSetup 5
Economy
Sl icon.png3 300 / 4 237/3 380 / 4 339/1 140 / 1 463Repair
11 000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38 000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
x 1.24 Rp icon.pngReward for battle
This page is about the gift German aircraft S.M.79 bis/N (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).

Description

The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) is a gift rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 3.0 (AB/RB/SB). Though initially in the game pre-1.27, this plane was removed upon Update 1.37 due to redundancy.

General info

Flight Performance

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Survivability and armour

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Armaments

Offensive armament

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine guns, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)

Suspended armament

  • 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs
  • 12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombs
  • 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs
  • 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs

Defensive armament

  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, ventral turret (500 rpg)
  • 1 x 7.7 mm Lewis machine gun, 2 x beam turret (485 rpg = 970 total)

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History

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In-game description

"Three-engine SIAI Savoia-Marchetti SM.79bis “Sparviero” medium torpedo bomber, issued 1943.

On September 8, 1943, Italy surrendered and split in half; in the north, the Germans established a puppet Italian Social Republic (RSI), while the British and Americans controlled the south.

The bulk of SM.79 aircraft remained in the north. In addition, the aircraft factories were located there, as well as a stock of components and unfinished SM.79bis airframes, so production of the planes continued. Aircraft released from 1943 to 44 differed from the first series of planes in a number of ways.

On these planes, in place of the two 7.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine guns were installed two large 12.7-mm Breda SAFAT machine guns with 350 rounds per gun, and the hatches through which they fired were glazed. On one SM.79bis, the nose machine gun (which was used to suppress anti-aircraft ships), was replaced by a 20-mm cannon. Among the instruments added to the plane were a radio altimeter, a gyrocompass, and an autopilot.

The new Italian Social Republic founded the torpedo regiment “Buscaglia”, which was armed with SM.79bis torpedo bombers.

The first sortie flown by the Republic’s SM.79bis was on March 10 and 13, 1944, against American ships off of the Anzio beachhead. Italian torpedo bombers fought for the Germans until the beginning of 1945. Their final victory was against a steamer with a water displacement of 5000 tons which was sunk on January 5, 1945 in the Adriatic Sea.

The SM.79s which remained in the south of Italy passed under the control of the Allied Air Forces’ Italian allies and were used for transportation purposes. In December, 1944, a third transport regiment equipped with these machines appeared on the front. The planes not only carried passengers and cargo, but also dropped leaflets and performed special missions behind the front line.

After the war, almost all of the surviving Sparviero planes in Italy were converted into transport aircraft. They were used as military air couriers, transporting government officials and other important passengers around Italy. Some were used as training planes. By 1952, all of the remaining SM.79s had been scrapped.

A total of 1458 SM.79s were built (including about 150 SM.79bis), more than all other Italian multi-engined bombers combined."

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