CONTENTS

Foreword 5

Chapter 1: Italian Job
Troubled Kingdom 7
Sparviero Comes to Yugoslavia 8
Taming the Tri-motors 17
On the Doorstep of War 29

Chapter 2: The April War
Bombing the Axis 35
Getaway 42
Blame Games 59

Chapter 3: Under the Allied Banner
With Red Stars on the Eastern Front 61
Far and Away 63
Back in Egypt 69

Chapter 4: Croat Hunchbacks
The Lone Bird 71
Return of the Sparviero 72

Chapter 5: Settantanove Over the Balkans
In Hostile Skies 75
Yugoslav Battleground 77
Torpedo Bombers 78
The Hijack 80

Chapter 6: Camouflage and Markings
Vazduhoplovstvo vojske Kraljevine Jugoslavije 83
Voyenno-vozdushnye sily 85
Royal Air Force 85
Zrakoplovstvo Nezavisne Dr┼żave Hrvatske 86
Regia Aeronautica 86
Aeronautica Nazionale Repubblicana 86
Regia Aeronautica (post-war) 88

Endnotes 89

Appendix 1: Commanding Officers of VVKJ SM.79I Units 90

Appendix 2: SM.79I Italian Military Serial Numbers & Production Numbers 90

Appendix 3: VVKJ SM.79I Escadrille Numbers & MIlitary Serial Numbers 90

Appendix 4: Reconstruction of VVKJ SM.79I Combat Log 91

Appendix 5: VVKJ SM.79I Losses 97

Appendix 6: Approximate Comparison of Ranks 98

Abbreviations 99
Selected Bibliography 100
Selected Archival Sources and Documents 100
Selected Internet Sources 100

Savoia Marchetti SM.79 in Color 101

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