Junkers Ju 87B-2 or R-2 “Picchiatello”: Tuffatori !!

Magnificently framed photo of a group of Regia Aeronautica early Ju 87 dive-bombers (bombardieri in picchiata). The Italians were dedicated users of the Stuka, specially, after their faulty native dive bomber interpretations were found wanting. North Africa, Greece, the Balkans and the Allied sea traffic were Picchiatelli’s main operating areas.

I’ve been reluctant to identify theses Stukas. The Regia Aeronautica operated both the B-2 and the R-2. The latter was just a long-range variant of the “Bertha”, recognisable by their 300l underwing drop tanks. Without those tanks, at this distance, they were almost identical.


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