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Airpower Studies # 1 43-1716 contain the fires they caused” (Guttman,4). “The defensive armament was particularly scarce and no Italian bomber had a tail turret” (D'Amico, 5). The listing of the errors and of the lacks could continue such as “the insufficient size of the bombs used, the inadequate radio equipment of the planes, the imprecise aiming systems of the bombers, the primitive instruments for the night and low visibility flying. Moreover, the lack of the radar, never allowed any concrete kind of day and especially night fighting” (Pramstrahler,7). Such a listing would have been a very serious one for any air force. Thus, it was dramatic for the RA. On the other hand, the technical inferiority also effected Italian pilots’ spirit and eagerness to fight. “The most sublime pages of heroism are generally written in wars that are lost”(Giancola,226). This condition led a general to bitterly write to one of his friends “our aircraft are inferior to the British’s aircraft in an absolutely laughable fashion. Nowadays, nobody wants to become a fighter pilot. Before our pilots receive their flight badges, fifty percent are shot-dead” (Hallion,6).
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