Comiso (Ragusa), Sicily, September 1940. Originally, 96 Gruppo was to have been equipped with the Savoia-Marchetti SM.85, a dive bomber that turned out to be totally unsuitable and was replaced by the Ju.87B. The machines initially came from Luftwaffe stocks and their German markings had to be painted over using Verde Oliva Scuro 2 and Grigio Azzurro Chiaro 1 and replaced by the fasces and white cross of their new owners. (Camouflage: RLM70 Schwarzgrun / RLM71 Dunkelgrun upper surfaces with RLM65 Hellblau undersides).
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