Impressive at first sight, the P-108 was less so after close examination. It was, that for sure, a robust airframe equipped with an innovative turret defence system yet its performances and payload were quite modest. Its Piaggio P.XII engines were to bleme. they suffered the usual Italian WW2 malady: so-so power output and reliability.
Very few were built -the Italian industry couldn’t do better- and their military actions were almost testimonials. They were employed on “prestige” attacks to Gibraltar and other less glamorous missions. A quite efficient gunship variant for anti-ship duties was even tested: the P.108A Artigliere.
Awesome night image. The P.108B Bombardiere sure looked the part, no doubt about that.