CONTENTS

Foreword 5

Chapter 1: Italian Job
Troubled Kingdom 7
Sparviero Comes to Yugoslavia 8
On the Doorstep of War 28

Chapter 2: The April War
Fighting the Axis 37
Getaway 44
Blame Games 63

Chapter 3: Under the Allied Banner
With Red Stars on the Eastern Front 65
Far and Away 67
Back in Egypt 73

Chapter 4: Fighting the Guerillas
The Lone Bird 75
Late Arrivals 80

Chapter 5: Settantanove Over Balkans
In Hostile Skies 81
Yugoslav Battleground 83
The Hijack 86

Chapter 6: Camouflage and Markings
Vazduhoplovstvo vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije 89
Voyenno-vozdushnye sily 91
Royal Air Force 91
Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Dr┼żave Hrvatske 92
Regia Aeronautica 92
Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana 94
Aeronautica Militare 94

Endnotes 95

Appendix 1: Commanding Officers of VVKJ SM.79I Units 96

Appendix 2: SM.79I Italian Military Serial Numbers & Production Numbers 96

Appendix 3: VVKJ SM.79I Escadrille Numbers & MIlitary Serial Numbers 96

Appendix 4: Reconstruction of VVKJ SM.79I Combat Log 97

Appendix 5: VVKJ SM.79I Losses 103

Appendix 6: Approximate Comparison of Ranks 104

Abbreviations 105
Selected Bibliography 106
Selected Archival Sources and Documents 106
Selected Internet Sources 106

Savoia Marchetti SM.79 in Color 107

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