Piaggio P.108

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The Piaggio P.108 B was the only heavy four-engine bomber to see service with the Italian air force (Regia Aeronautica) during World War Two. Due to the lack of production capacity of the Italian aviation industry, too few were built to play a significant role in this conflict. In total Piaggio built only 163 P.108 Bs.The only unit of the Regia Aeronautica ever to fly the Piaggio P.108 B was the 274a Squadrilia Bombardamento a Grande Raggio (B.G.R.), the 274th Long-Range Bombardment Group

The Piaggio P.108 B was the only heavy four-engine bomber to see service with the Italian air force (Regia Aeronautica) during World War Two. Due to the lack of production capacity of the Italian aviation industry, too few were built to play a significant role in this conflict. In total Piaggio built only 163 P.108 Bs.The only unit of the Regia Aeronautica ever to fly the Piaggio P.108 B was the 274a Squadrilia Bombardamento a Grande Raggio (B.G.R.), the 274th Long-Range Bombardment Group

Piaggio P 108

Piaggio P 108

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g64/PoorOldSpike/Photos%20Two/P108-early.jpg The Piaggio P.108 Bombardiere ( bomber) was an Italian four-engine heavy bomber and the only one of its type to see service by Italy during World War II.The prototype first flew in 1939 and it entered service in 1941. It was one of a handful of Italian combat aircraft that could match the best manufactured by the Allies.

http://i53.photobucket.com/albums/g64/PoorOldSpike/Photos%20Two/P108-early.jpg The Piaggio P.108 Bombardiere ( bomber) was an Italian four-engine heavy bomber and the only one of its type to see service by Italy during World War II.The prototype first flew in 1939 and it entered service in 1941. It was one of a handful of Italian combat aircraft that could match the best manufactured by the Allies.

Piaggio P-108

Piaggio P-108

Piaggio P108

Piaggio P108

A detail of the most interesting feature of the Piaggio P.108: the twin-barrel remote controlled Breda Z2 turrets installed upper the external engine cowlings, each armed with a pair of 12.7mm (0.50) Breda-SAFAT machine guns (0.50). This feature was adopted only by another strategic bomber of the WW2, the American Boeing B-29.

A detail of the most interesting feature of the Piaggio P.108: the twin-barrel remote controlled Breda Z2 turrets installed upper the external engine cowlings, each armed with a pair of 12.7mm (0.50) Breda-SAFAT machine guns (0.50). This feature was adopted only by another strategic bomber of the WW2, the American Boeing B-29.

Piaggio P.108b

Piaggio P.108b

Piaggio P.108B captured on Grottaglie, South Italy, 1943

Piaggio P.108B captured on Grottaglie, South Italy, 1943

Piaggio P-108

Piaggio P-108

Piaggio P-108- Italian 4 engine heavy bomber.

Piaggio P-108- Italian 4 engine heavy bomber.


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