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Airpower Studies # 1 43-1716 the RA had memorable successes in WWII like torpedo operations, conducted by S-79s. “Thousands of words could be written on the heroic actions, effected by the torpedo-bomber S.79s in the Mediterranean against the British Fleet” (DAmico,9). But these successes never changed the outcome of the battles. In short, World War II was a complete failure for the RA. “The RA was one of the largest air forces in the world during the inter-war period, but by 1943 the Italians could muster only a few hundred aircraft to oppose the invasion of Sicily. That Italy’s air force had been neutralized so quickly and so completely shocked the Italians” (Sadkovich, 128) ( Measuring success ). Why did the RA become unsuccessful and a disappointment to Italians in World War II? The causes start from the beginning of the inter-war period. There was a false start and the rest was a mere consequence. I will explain these causes using contextual and operational art elements. Politics; “Immediately after World War I, Italian pilots began a series of achievements in civilian flying” (Aerospace historian,180). As if the only aim of the Italian Air Force was chasing the
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