S.M.79 bis/N (Germany)

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▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942)
General characteristics
5 peopleCrew
10.5 tTake-off weight
0.39 kg/sBurst mass
Flight characteristics
8500 mCeiling
3 х Alfa Romeo 126 RC 34Engine
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 x 50 kg GP 50 bombSetup 1
12 x 100 kg GP 100 bombSetup 2
5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombSetup 3
1 x 450 mm F200/450 torpedoSetup 4
2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombSetup 5
Sl icon.png2900 / 3723/3100 / 3980/1370 / 1759Repair
11000 Sl icon.pngCrew training
38000 Sl icon.pngExperts
250 Ge icon.pngAces
124 % Rp icon.pngReward for battle
210 % Sl icon.png220 % Sl icon.png70 % Sl icon.png
This page is about the gift German aircraft S.M.79 bis/N (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).


GarageImage S.M.79 bis N (Germany).jpg

The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/N (1942) is a gift rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 2.7 (AB) and 2.3 (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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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
  • 1 х 450 mm F200/450 torpedo

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)

Usage in battles

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Pros and cons

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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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See also

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Bombers  S.M.79 serie 1 · S.M.79 serie 8
  S.M.79 AS · S.M.79 bis/T.M · S.M.79 B
Attackers  SM.91 · SM.92
Captured  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 bis/N

Germany bombers
Arado  Ar 196 A-3
Blohm & Voss  BV 238
Dornier  Do 17 E-1 · Do 17 Z-2 · Do 217 E-2 · Do 217 E-4 · Do 217 K-1 · Do 217 M-1
Focke-Wulf  Fw 189 A-1 · Fw 200 C-1
Henschel  Hs 123 A-1
Heinkel  He 111 H-3 · He 111 H-6 · He 111 H-16 · He 177 A-5
Junkers  Ju 87 B-2 · Ju 87 R-2 · Ju 87 D-3 · Ju 87 D-5 · Ju 88 A-1 · Ju 88 A-4 · Ju 188 A-2 · Ju 288 C
Messerschmitt  Me 264
Savoia-Marchetti  ▀S.M.79 serie 1 · ▀S.M.79 B · ▀S.M.79 serie 4 · ▀S.M.79 serie 8
  ▀S.M.79 AS · ▀S.M.79 bis/N · ▀S.M.79 bis/T.M
Trophies  ▀Wellington Mk Ic