Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero
'Gobbo Maledetto' (hunchback)
RYAF bought 45 SM.79 from Italy and divided them into 7th Bomb Regiment (66th and 67th Group) and 81st Independent Bomb Group each with 15 aircraft. At lest three aircraft where lost before the war: first hit Čabulja mountain (Livno-Konjic) after going through cloud, entire crew was killed. Second crashed in unknown circumstances ion Podveležje, again entire crew was killed. Third crashed into Neretva river do to pilot error but lucky nobody was killed. This aircraft was allegedly recovered from the river.
Most important mission of 214th Squadron of 66th Group was bombing of enemy units in Kačani gorge. Seven Savoia took off at 10:30 to perform combat mission. Savoia No.30, in lack of pilot, was flown by Pero Milinković, from Mostar, air force mechanic and reserve pilot, today he is 87. Weather conditions were bad since the day earlier snow fell, but that didn't prevent 66th Group after 50 min of flight to discover large military formations in Kačani gorge. Savioa's No.30 bombardier Crvenkovski could not identify column correctly and to avoid bombing friendly forces 10 bombs of 100 kg were drooped on inhabitant parts of mountians. After returning and landing one of the few surviving Do-17 from Skopje air base arrived at there base. Next day airfield near Užička Požega was covered by fog. Despite of this all aircraft of 66th Group lead by Senior Captain (kapetan I klase) Jeftom Bošnjak flew over to Mostar airfield. Only incident happened when the on the new comer Do-17 was opened friendly fire, but managed to land with one engine damaged.
After collapse of Royal Yugoslav Army many aircraft tried to fly over to USSR. During one attempt Senior Captain Jeftom Bošnjak was killed. On Mostar airfield only one Savoia remains (No. 23 or 25) which is taken over by NDH.
Manufacturer Societa Italiana Aeroplani Idrovolanti 'Savoia-Marchetti' Class Medium bomber Data for SM.79-I Sparviero In service 1937 to early 1950s Armament One 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Breda-SAFAT fixed forward-firing machine gun with 350 rounds in a position above the cockpit, one 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Breda-SAFAT trainable rearward-firing machine gun with 500 rounds in the dorsal position, one 12.7 mm (0.5 in) Breda-SAFAT trainable rearward-firing machine gun in the ventral position, and one 7.7 mm (0.303 in) Lewis trainable lateral-firing machine gun in either of the two beam positions.
Up to 2,756 lb (1250 kg) of disposable stores carried in a lower-fuselage weapons bay rated at 2,756 lb (1250 kg), and generally comprising two 500 kg (1,102 lb) bombs, or five 250 kg (551 lb) bombs, or 12 100 kg (220 lb) bombs.
Equipment Standard communication and navigation equipment, plus a Jozza optical bomb sight, optical gun sights and two reconnaissance cameras Crew Pilot and co-pilot side-by-side on an enclosed cockpit, and navigator/bombardier/gunner, radio operator/gunner and flight engineer/gunner carried in the fuselage Speed Maximum: 430 km/h (267 mph; 232 kt) at 4000 meters (13,125 ft)
360 km/h (224 mph; 194 kt) at sea level
cruising 375 km/h (233 mph; 202 kt) at optimum altitude
Range Maximum: 3300 km (2,050 miles; 1,780 nm)
typical: 1900 km (1,181 miles; 1,025 nm) with typical bomb load
Ceiling 6500 m (21,325 ft) Climb 5000 m (16,405 ft) in 19 minutes 45 seconds Engine Three Alfa Romeo 126 RC.34 radial piston engines each rated at 780 hp (582 kW) for take-off and 750 hp (559 kW) at 3350 m (10,990 ft) Internal fuel 2550 kg (5,622 lb) Length 15.80 meters (51 ft 10 in) Height 4.31 meters (14 ft 1.75 in) Wing Span: 21.20 meters (69 ft 2.67 in)
aspect ratio: 7.28
area: 61.70 m2 (664.14 sq ft)
Weight empty: 6800 kg (14,991 lb)
maximum take-off: 10480 kg (23,104 lb)
Brazil ? SM.79B Germany ? SM.79-II Iraq 4 SM.79B Italy about 1,230 SM.79-I/II/III
16 SM.79C conversions from earlier standards
? SM.79T number of conversions from earlier standards
NDH 1 SM.79K Rumania 24 SM.79B
South Africa 1 SM.79-II Spain 85 SM.79-I UK 1 SM.79-II
Yugoslavia 45 SM.79K
- Savoia Marchetti S.79 in Action by Roberto Gentilli, Don Greer
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