Air International 1987-01
G.Bignozzi - The Italian "Fortress" /Warbirds/ (2)
The prototype P.108A at the Furbara armament testing station at which ground firing trials of the 102-mm gun were conducted
A II Serie P.108B in nocturnal finish seen at Decimomannu. Note deletion of the nose turret front this batch of aircraft.
A II Serie P.108B prior to a nocturnal mission. Note the external racks ahead of the bomb-bay.
Piaggio P.108A, originally the prototype of the only four-engined heavy bomber to be used by the Italian Air Force.
The immense 102-mm naval gun for the P.108A mounted on test rig.
Four P.108Bs of the 274“ Squadriglia photographed at Decimomannu prior to a nocturnal sortie - rarely were as many as four of the bombers serviceable at anyone time.
The sole example of the P.108A photographed after the application of Luftwaffe insignia and prior to ferrying to Germany for trials at the Rechlin Erprobungsstelle. Its ultimate fate is not known with certainty.
Two of a formation of three P.108Bs (photographed from the third aircraft) seen flying over Rome on 28 March 1942. Note the Bruno Mussolini ‘'signature” across the rear fuselage band.
Drawings showing the installation of the gun, its recoil system and 50-shell magazine, the last-mentioned being offset to port. The negative installation angle necessitated compilation of new firing tables.
The prototype P.108B
The first P.108T. Both transport variants of the P.108 were utilised by Lufttransportstaffel 5 (which was eventually to become 14./TG 4), some special sorties being flown by the P.108s in collaboration with III/KG 200.