S.M.79 bis/T.M (Germany)
|This page is about the gift German bomber S.M.79 bis/T.M (Germany). For other uses, see S.M.79 (Family).|
- 1 Description
- 2 General info
- 3 Armaments
- 4 Usage in battles
- 5 History
- 6 Media
- 7 See also
- 8 External links
The ▀S.M.79 Sparviero bis/T.M (1943) is a gift rank II German bomber with a battle rating of 2.3 (AB/RB/SB). It has been in the game since the start of the Open Beta Test prior to Update 1.27 in the German aviation tree. In Update 1.69 "Regia Aeronautica", the S.M.79, as well as the other Italian planes in the German tree, were moved to the new Italian tree.
|Characteristics|| Max Speed
(km/h at 4,000 m)
| Max altitude
| Turn time
| Rate of climb
| Take-off run|
|Combat flaps||Take-off flaps||Landing flaps||Air brakes||Arrestor gear|
|Wings (km/h)||Gear (km/h)||Flaps (km/h)||Max Static G|
|Optimal velocities (km/h)|
|< 260||< 270||< 270||> 310|
|Optimal altitude||100% Engine power||WEP Engine power|
|3,500 m||2,580 hp||2,959 hp|
Survivability and armour
- 12 mm and 6 mm Steel plates around the pilots.
- 9 mm Steel plates in front of the dorsal gunner, with a 6 mm plate to the left.
- 6 mm Steel plates in front of beam gunners.
Modifications and economy
The S.M.79 bis/T.M (Germany) is armed with:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal-mounted (350 rpg)
The S.M.79 bis/T.M (Germany) can be outfitted with the following ordnance:
- 12 x 50 kg GP 50 bombs (600 kg total)
- 12 x 100 kg GP 100T bombs (1,200 kg total)
- 5 x 250 kg GP 250 bombs (1,250 kg total)
- 1 x 450 mm F200/450 torpedo
- 2 x 500 kg GP 500 bombs (1,000 kg total)
The S.M.79 bis/T.M (Germany) is defended by:
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, dorsal turret (500 rpg)
- 1 x 12.7 mm Breda-SAFAT machine gun, 2 x beam turrets (350 rpg)
Usage in battles
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Manual Engine Control
|Not controllable|| Controllable
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
| Not controllable
Not auto controlled
|Separate|| Not controllable
Pros and cons
- Has armour, unlike previous models
- Worse flight performance than the previous model (heavier)
- Fewer defensive guns, while a larger calibre, fewer utilised
- No defensive coverage for the underside of aircraft
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.
Excellent additions to the article would be video guides, screenshots from the game, and photos.
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- reference to the series of the aircraft;
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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|
|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|
|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|