Italian bombers from Sicily, attack British warships at sea.
Sicily Date:1942 Duration:2 min 16 sec Sound:Yes
An Italian military airfield in Sicily. A flight of 7 fighter aircraft in formation, abreast, flies over the field. A row of Macchi C.200 Saetta aircraft parked in front of a hangar (also variously called MC.200 or Macchi 200). A row of Savoia-Marchetti SM.79 Sparviero Trimotor bombers parked across from them. Ground crews loading torpedoes on the bombers. A Reggiane Re.2001 Falco II airplane being serviced. Ground crewman reports to pilots that their bomber is ready. They board and ground crew pulls chocks as the engines are running. View inside the S.79 cockpit with pilot's hand on the triple throttles. The bomber takes off raising lots of dust as it goes. Italian aircraft in flight. British ships sighted below. The Italian bombers attack. Flak bursts in the air. One S-79 skimming the water surface. Other S-79s dropping torpedoes from relatively high altitudes (perhaps 1500 feet). A British warship is struck with large explosion. Italian planes returning with at least two burning British warships left behind.
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