The CANT Z.1007 Alcione was a WWII, Italian, medium bomber in service with the Regia Aeronautica (Italian Royal Airforce) from 1938 to 1945. It saw combat action in the Mediterranean theater, North Africa, and the Balkans. Between November 1940 and January 1941, a small number of them took part in the Battle of Britain, carrying out bombing raids in southern England, taking off from bases in France. In 1941, they attacked Greek Army bases, ammunition depots, and infrastructure during the German invasion of Greece. In 1942, along with German aircraft, CANT Z.1007 bombers of the 50th Group carried out bombing missions to destroy Allied convoy merchant ships that supplied the British naval base on the island of Malta in the Mediterranean. In 1942 and 1943, it bombed Allied artillery positions and armored units in North Africa, providing fire support to Italian and German ground forces along with Luftwaffe bombers. Between 1938 and 1943, the Italian firm CANT produced 660 Z.1007 bombers, which were very reliable and one of the most widely produced in Italy during the war.

Specifications

Type: medium bomber

Wingspan: 24.8 m (81′ 4″)

Length: 18.35 m (60′ 2″)

Engines: three 1,000-hp, Piaggio P.X1 RC 40 engines (two on the wings and one in the nose)

Maximum speed: 458 km/h (285 mph)

Range: 1,800 km (1,117 miles)

Bombload: 1,200 kg

Defensive armament: four machine guns (two 12.7mm and two 7.7mm)

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